Finished Medium Format Images
I shot about 100 frames or so with the medium format system in Joshua Tree National Monument and in Petrified Forest National Park. I'll add web versions of final versions of the 'keepers' from this here.
Rocks and Boulders, Joshua Tree National Monument
Bronica ETRS, 45-90 zoom, deep red filter, Megavision E4 16-Megapixel Monochrome Back
This looks fairly simple, but it actually took about 4 hours in Photoshop. It's a composite of two frames, both of exactly the same scene from the same position, one focussed on the near rocks and the other focussed on the far boulder. I did some fairly robust sharpening on both frames, tweaking the settings in each case to optimise the results. When the composite was done, I used a levels layer and a curves layer to tweak the image to make it 'pop', then I did my own take on dodging and burning, actually with four separate curves layers with hand-painted layer masks. This is a common trick of mine -- I'll look at a bit of a frame, decide I want to manipulate the contrast in a particular way, then create a curve that does what I want for that area (though usually messing up the rest of the image in the process). I'll then paint the layer mask so that the curves effect only touches the bit of the frame I want to affect. I also use essentially this technique to do dodging and burning, but doing this with curves and a layer mask makes the process nondestructive and endlessly tweakable after-the-fact.
Snow in the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park
Bronica ETRS, Super Angulon PCS 55mm shift/tilt, no filter, Megavision E4 Mono
Looking at this, I could be standing on Mars or maybe even Titan. I arrived at the location a day after the whole area had received quite a lot of snowfall, so the white highlights you can see dotted around are actually the remains of this. I've not printed this yet, but I'm expecting good results. I shot the scene using the shift lens shifted full left then full right, and then used Photoshop to stitch the result so I ended up with a roughly 6500x4000 image. Not quite as extreme as the Better Light, but not far off, and that lens really is very sharp. Unlike the Canon shift/tilt lenses, the Schneider has independent fall/rise and left/right shifts, so I was able to do a little perspective correction. I used a tiny amount of tilt to help keep everything sharp up to the horizon, though this may not really have been necessary.