A&P shitty ass scans...

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  1. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    Anyone a scanning expert?

    This is a 100% crop of one of my best ever pics, that just happens to be on film...

    The scan was done using a Nikon coolscan 4000, and used 16 bit depth and all of the 'best quality' options checked. They were also scanned at 4000dpi.

    They came to ~70mb in size.

    It looks fine adjusted for the web, but when I adjust it for printing and print it, it looks like garbage.

    This is my favorite pic that i've shot. Not being able to print it is a personal tragedy.


    Help a kid out.


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  2. kronik85

    kronik85 New Member

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    how big is the actual print you're scanning?
     
  3. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    i'm scanning a 35mm neg.
     
  4. GregFarz78

    GregFarz78 New Member

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    have the pros scan it for you :dunno:
     
  5. mojito

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    thats just a small ass section of it, the overall image looks great, and assuming you view the image from a proper distance and not pixel peeping it should be fine.
     
  6. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    thanks viper.

    Problem is, i'm trying to print this 60" wide, on canvas....

    I printed a ~36x24 yesterday, it it didn't look that great. The grain in the lower water areas was extremely disrupting from the picture.

    However, after comparing it with a similar sized color darkroom print, I was impressed with it's potential.

    I may try it again with the 4000, and if I don't get anything better, send it out to be drum scanned...

    I'd still appreciate any advice on scanning methods and such...
     
  7. MeanFiddler

    MeanFiddler The C.I.A. is Trying to Kill Me

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    Yeah, it's 35mm. I've had similar problems trying to print that big. MF ftw.
     
  8. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    Yeah, I wish I was using MF...

    I took that shot while living in Ireland, and it took all the $$ I had just to buy the Canon AE-1 and 50mm lens so I could shoot at all...

    Have you had any experience with drum scanning? Is it worth trying?
     
  9. 19Godfather86

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    If you bring it into a printing place they'll have a nice scanner that will do a pretty good job. They're might just be noise on the 35mm film that you won't be able to do much about other than trying to reduce it digitally, thoguh.
     
  10. Joetabasco

    Joetabasco The Wing King

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    try using GEM on the scan... it may smooth it out some... also try using Digital Ice set to FINE instead or normal wich can blur things at times.
     
  11. mojito

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    i dunno man, I've used 4000's but never tried to make them that big, probably 12x19 at the largest. Mine have just as much grain (ironic since their chromes) but its not colored like that.

    Careful if you go elsewhere, my pro shop wants $1/mb for a scan.
     

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