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[filmscanners] RE: Shadow speckling

> From: Peter Klein
> I love CN Black and White film.  It has a beautiful look and tonal range,
> and it scans well.  But there's one problem.  Take a look at the following
> picture, a crop of a larger scan, reduced 50%.  It's a picture a friend
> took of me with strong sidelight, on Kodak Portra 400 B&W.  It's 138K, no
> adjustments besides the size and conversion to Jpeg.
> http://www.2alpha.com/~pklein/temp/25PeterSidelightSummilux.jpg
> See how the shadow side of my face is all speckled?  Instead of fading to
> black, the scan fades to grit.  I used to think that this problem was just
> grain aliasing with my 2700 dpi Nikon LS-2000 scanner.  But this shot was
> scanned with my friend's 4000 dpi Poloroid (the one that takes both 35mm
> and 120 film).

If you don't find a solution at the source, you might try noise filtering.
Photoshop's is pretty primitive, but NeatImage works pretty well.


Ciao,               Paul D. DeRocco
Paul                mailto:pderocco@ix.netcom.com

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