Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Scan Disappointment

Monday I picked up the CD of the K64 and some E6 scans. Very disappointing. Most of the K64 scans were very soft (unsharp, but beyond the typical digital softness), density was off (overall level was too low), etc. Some of the E6 scans are very sub-par as well. Back I go tomorrow to have many of them redone.

I realize there's a difference between scanning negatives and slides. But this is a QC issue. A professional lab shouldn't let such work out the door.

Hence, no new images to post yet.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

More retro/film shots coming

Or .... Mama don't take my Kodachrome away.

The shots in the "Recent Photos" entry were, as I stated, made on Fuji Reala 100 film, a colour negative product. In the other Olympus 35SP, I had Kodachrome 64 loaded. Kodachrome is my favourite film, all-time. Kodachrome 25 was the best, but it is sadly gone. Except rolls or "bricks" of rolls that have been frozen and are now offered for sale on eBay for more money than I can justify without having a professional assignment to pay for it.

So now only Kodachrome 64 and Kodachrome 200 are left, and who knows how long those will last. Kodak may announce its demise at any time. Living only a couple of miles from the Yellow Father's head office, I should be down there daily with a picket sign stating "Save film! (well, at least K64, and PLEASE bring back Panatomic X)". Yeah, like the new Kodak CEO, who came over from that photo giant HP will smile and NOT have me removed from the front of their premises.

Anyway, some of the K64 shots are at the lab being scanned, so I'll be able to post a comparison with the first (the horizontal) shot. Most people will yawn, but when I look at an original Kodachrome slide (not a scanned image on a computer), I get real calm. OMmmmmm.