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This page will one day (hopefully) give details of how to scan in old negatives. Currently it's a partial copy of a diary entry for 23 July 2017.

Settings

For the Epson “Perfection” 4990 Photo and black-and-white film:

Directories:

Processing

Convert all images, also the useless ones, so that it's easier to count.

Sequencing: imageorder orig/*.jpg

Background

As I go through my 1964 diary, I'm re-scanning the photos I took at the time. I had already scanned them with the ill-fated Canon 9900F scanner, but I can do better now.

Or can I? After letting the Epson “Perfection” 4990 Photo spend hours scanning the negatives, I ended up with:


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All images taken on Friday, 4 September 1964, thumbnails          All images taken on Friday, 4 September 1964, small
Diary entry for Friday, 4 September 1964 Complete exposure details

 

What the hell went wrong there? One of the scanner parameters? But which one? The settings in the scanner program are:

 
https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/20170723/big/Scan-parameters.png
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Dimensions: 369 x 358, 10 kB
Dimensions of original: 369 x 358, 10 kB
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Show for Sunday, 23 July 2017:
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Which are useful? I've established that “Backlight Correction” improves the shadows, and for colour photos “Color Resotration” really does help a lot. And the others? Grain is always a problem in old films (here Kodak Plus-X Pan), so I do that too. And the dust is everywhere, so how about “Dust Removal”? Ah, that's an old, worn-out magic word (so why is it there?). The new one is “DIGITAL ICE Technology”.

Is one of these causing my problems? Went through most combinations, and found that colour restore didn't do much, though it did slightly darken the image:


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Diary entry for Friday, 4 September 1964 Complete exposure details

 
https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/19640904/big/Ananda-grain-reduce-colour-restore.jpeg
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Diary entry for Friday, 4 September 1964 Complete exposure details

 

In the images above, as well as many below, run the cursor over an image to compare it with its neighbour. As expected, backlight correction improved things:


https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/19640904/big/Ananda-grain-reduce-colour-restore.jpeg
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Diary entry for Friday, 4 September 1964 Complete exposure details

 
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Diary entry for Friday, 4 September 1964 Complete exposure details

 

And then “Digital ICE”:


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Diary entry for Friday, 4 September 1964 Complete exposure details

 

So that was the culprit! What about dust removal?


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Diary entry for Friday, 4 September 1964 Complete exposure details

 
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Some dust removed, but not much. OK, what about removing the “colour restore”? The difference is subtle.


https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/19640904/big/Ananda-grain-reduce-backlight-correct-dust-remove.jpeg
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Diary entry for Friday, 4 September 1964 Complete exposure details

 
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But there are other issues. Not all of the dust appears to be dust, and there are artefacts that appear at random, here visible on the shutters in front of Ananda's face. They're present in both images, but in different places:


https://lemis.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/grog/Photos/19640904/big/Ananda-grain-reduce-backlight-correct-dust-remove.jpeg
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That looks like an issue with the scanner or the software, possibly related to the dust removal. Given the quality of the originals, I can live with that.


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