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Subject: [Leica] Scanning Tri-X
From: csaganich at (Chris Saganich)
Date: Fri, 2 May 2014 11:36:46 -0400
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Getting used to new scanning software is a challenge.  I just switched from
Silverfast to Vuescan and the first scans almost made me switch back.  The
Ted scans I just posted are a good example of some poor scan choices and
post processing as they obviously suffer from accentuated aliasing (likely
from too much unsharp masking?) which wasn't apparent last night blurry
eyed at 1am.  This was never an issue in Silverfast so I have a scanning
mystery to solve.  It is a challenge to get that film developed correctly
and scanned correctly and then displayed correctly on your and others
monitors.  The finished product is still an image matted, framed, and
hanging on the wall IMO.  Web be damned!

I agree that developing your own film is a must.  Although a zone system
approach doesn't work that well for role film it is still important to
figure out optimal developing time for your shooting preferences (lens,
light, ISO, chemistry) all of which need to  work together for image

On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 2:04 AM, Peter Klein <pklein at> wrote:

> Thanks, Mark, Richard, Ken.
> If I decide to do B&W film more, I will certainly develop my own film.
>  The tanks and such are still in my garage.  And I did quite a lot of
> scanning before I went digital.
> The way I scan, I do my best to get the entire range of the negative into
> a 16-bit TIFF, perhaps minus the specular highlights. Then I mess with
> curves, spotting, local contrast, and "dodging and burning" in Picture
> Window Pro. I might want to fool around with the files in Capture One if
> that's possible, I haven't checked yet.
> Since the "Nurse" photo, I've worked up this one from the same roll. I
> like it.
> < at N04/14085787215/>
> --Peter
> I wrote, and several others responded thereto:
> > I've embarked on an experiment to see whether I want to shoot B&W film
> > again.  The "Nurse" picture I recently posted was the beginning of that
> > experiment.
> > < at N04/13892553280/>
> >
> > Here are a few things I've noticed while "recalibrating"
> > myself--otherwise known as "how the heck did I do this back in '06?"
> >
> > Here's a side by side of the same Tri-X shot, scanned at 4000 dpi (left)
> > and 2000 dpi (right). The negative was developed in Xtol 1:2 by
> > Moonphoto, a good B&W lab a few miles from my home.  The scanner is a
> > Canon FS-4000, running under VueScan.  Click the double rectangle above
> > the picture to see it full size.
> > <
> GrainAliasTriX4Kvs2Kdpi.JPG.html>
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Chris Saganich

In reply to: Message from pklein at (Peter Klein) ([Leica] Scanning Tri-X)