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06-16-2009, 08:55 AM   #1
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My first scans!

Here are the very first images produced by my newly acquired Pentax ES (and the first film I have ever used).

Film Scans - a set on Flickr

I would have uploaded them here, but I am in a bit of a rush…


Lens used: All shots were taken with the Takumar SMC 50mm 1.4

Film used: Cheepo Fujicolor 200

Camera exposure mode: All shots with Automatic shutter speed. No exposure compensation.

Film development: By Ritz camera (yea, we still have one).

Scanned negatives: I used an HP Scanjet 8300. I intended to scan at 2400 dpi, but my system didn’t have enough memory. So I scanned at 600dpi and upscaled 600%. This gave me 50.74mb 8.5x5.66 images. No other image correction done with the scanner.
Files were then imported to Photoshop, corrected to my liking and saved for the web at 720x480.

Soon I’ll do some tests with exposure compensation and using fill flash from an auto stobonar.

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I tried again to upload here... but I am getting an error.
06-16-2009, 11:43 AM   #3
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I share in your excitement, but cringe at upscaling at 600%.

Basically what that yields in pixels is:

REAL fake fake fake fake fake REAL fake fake fake fake fake REAL
fake fake REAL fake fake fake fake fake REAL fake fake fake fake
fake fake fake fake fake REAL fake fake fake fake fake REAL fake

(You get the idea)

Upscaling is just the computer inserting a blank pixel (or pixels) between two genuine pixels and then making its best guess which crayon to use to color it in.
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Some crazy colours there, those scans definitely look very tweaked! I especially like the Muffler man and the Chinese garden.
But I agree with Mike there - There's no point to upscaling, as you gain no information. I guess it doesn't help that you're using an HP scanner - my experience of HP scan software is that it's very dumbed-down and awkward to use. Plus you must have a very restrictive amount of memory if you're getting problems with scan size. I thoroughly recommend at least 1 gigabyte if you're into editing photos!

Did the other shots come back from the lab OK too?

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I rescanned and started a new thread. Thanks for the feedback.
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It says I dont have permission to view.
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