Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/12/25

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Subject: [Leica] IMG: my very first scan
From: hellman at (Jesse Hellman)
Date: Mon Dec 25 09:59:42 2006
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The second image is the third I put up. One problem is than my  
scanner does not scan the full-frame negative, it seems. Don't know  
how to correct that. It cut off the side of the picture on the right.  
So then I put up on the Gallery several scans and readjusted the scan  
each time I saw the result, then uploaded again. The original print  
is far better than either the scanned printout or the tonalities seen  
on the screen. I tried doing some of the things suggested by others  
on this thread, but as of yet cannot make a printout with the life  
and brightness of the original print. There is a real learning curve  


Nathan Wajsman wrote:

> Hi Jesse,
> At least as viewed here on my Powerbook screen, the second image
> (i.e. the one scanned from the negative) is far superior to the
> original one, in terms of tonality, sharpness, and all other relevant
> attributes.
> Nathan
> On 24-dec-2006, at 23:03, Jesse Hellman wrote:
>> After living with my Epson 4490 about six months I finally got up
>> the courage to try scanning a negative. I took one that I had
>> printed straight and then scanned. So, it took nearly an hour to
>> figure out why the "film" option was not available. Then I scanned
>> the Tri-X negative at 2400 dpi in 48 bit color and cropped it in
>> PhotoShop Elements to the original print dimensions, adjusted
>> contrast and brightness and finally sharpened it a bit with the
>> Unsharp Mask.
>> I put it up next to the original scan. <http://gallery.leica-
>>> I see that what I see on
>> my monitor is not what you see on the LUG Gallery nor what came out
>> of my Epson R800 printer (which, surprisingly enough, was not all
>> that bad).
>> I see this is a new world. The LUG is giving me the courage to
>> expand my horizons.
>> Merry Christmas!
>> Jesse

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