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03-16-2013, 07:58 AM   #1
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White spots on pictures

Dear All,

First of all, thanks a lot for your help!

Due to the big advantage of being able to use my Pentax glass with the old film SLRs, I'm now experiencing shooting with film, with really interesting results.
I've been using a K1000 with Portra 400, developed and scanned to a CD by the folks at the nearest CVS.
Overall, the pictures look fine. However, they seem to have some white spots, which I'm not sure if it's due to the camera being dirty, the film maybe incorrectly adjusted in the camera or just the CVS guys not doing their job properly?
I've attached two pics that show the white spots on the image. Any suggestions will be highly appreciated.

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Fernando

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03-16-2013, 08:00 AM   #2
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Dust and/or scratches on the film at the time of scanning.

Various scanners have varying dust and scratch removal effectiveness.
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I think it is specs of dust on the negs during scanning.
Easy to clone out or heal.
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Thanks for your answers. Does that mean that they will go away if scanned again? Or just that the people doing the development somehow scratched the film?
Thanks again.

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If dust then it moves every time it is handled/scanned.

Scratches are permanent and won't move.

More handling can potentially add dust and scratches.
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Here is my example of extreme dust and scratches on one of my films.

03-16-2013, 08:26 AM   #7
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Looks to me like the dreaded dust on the negs during scanning phase.

Well at least you know it's not on dust on the sensor, which is the nowadays issue of DSLR's.
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Maybe they'll develop a form of Digital ICE (Image Correction & Enhancement which is primarily dust and scratch removal) for sensors?

With the example above it could be a daunting task to post process all that out effectively. However, with Nikon Coolscan 9000 + Nikonscan, you actually get nothing less then spectacular results in less than a minute scan using ICE . . .

Link to larger version -> http://www.fototime.com/36BED059AD8E686/orig.jpg

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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
nothing less then spectacular results
I wouldn't disagree with you there, that's truly amazing.
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