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[filmscanners] Re: Real-World Scene Brightness Range





> 4. How can the resulting images be scanned and printed?

I think it's worth noting that compressing a huge brightness range into a
limited density range, while heroic, is not an end in and of itself. What it
does do is give you good detail to work with. But often, when one prints
such a neg, by fitting it's density range to the paper's range, without
dodging and burning, the net result can be flat lifeless midtones.

So, pay equal attention to the expansion of tones. I'm of the opinion that
often times NOT retaining every tonal value in a scene will give greater
emphasis and life to those you do choose to retain, which usually reside
within the primary subject matter. IOW, I'd rather have nice silvery
midtones in a portrait than retain detail in the shadows under a small rock.

Good negs just give you the most choices...

Todd

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