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You work with the tools you have.

I developed a couple of rolls of found film. The image below is from a Canon EOS Rebel II I reviewed recently. I’ve only used the chemicals for 2 rolls, the Kodak B&W split between the Kalimar KX5000 and the Rebel II and the Phound Photos roll from the Nikon EM so I don’t think the developer has gone bad. I’ll have to develop another roll before I know for sure. My thermometer and temperature controller agreed and I stop-watched the same as usual so I don’t think it was user error. The reason for this preamble is that both rolls are super thin – holding them up to a bright light, you can barely tell there are images at all. Both rolls were in thrift shop cameras and of unknown vintage but the similarities have me second guessing myself.

On to the point of this post. Canon’s Scangear software can be a little wobbly so I frequently do multiple scans with different options selected. It’s especially important when, like this roll, scans are at the ragged edge of being able to get anything. I just upgraded Vuescan and read an article about using its RAW capabilities so i tried that too for kicks. All versions were scanned at 2400DPI with color negative as the input type. That corrects for the orange base of color negative film so “no corrections” isn’t completely true. The file numbers don’t match because of a known-for-years-but-never-fixed bug in Canon’s software.

The film is Walmart-branded Fujicolor Super HQ 200.

Scangear scan with no corrections (scan 1).

Scangear scan with no corrections (scan 1).


The no corrections base scan (scan 1) with Photoshop Elements' (PSE) Auto Smart Fix (ASF) applied. Much better contrast & sharpness but the colors are still pretty orange and sharpening definitely boosted the grain.

The no corrections base scan (scan 1) with Photoshop Elements’ (PSE) Auto Smart Fix (ASF) applied. Much better contrast & sharpness but the colors are still pretty orange and sharpening definitely boosted the grain.


Scan 1 with GIMP's auto input levels applied. GIMP is much more manual and doesn't have a let-us-fix-it-for-you tool like PSE's ASF. The colors are MUCH better but removing the orange "fog" reveals more grain too. Maybe PSE didn't sharpen that much.

Scan 1 with GIMP’s auto input levels applied. GIMP is much more manual and doesn’t have a let-us-fix-it-for-you tool like PSE’s ASF. The colors are MUCH better but removing the orange “fog” reveals more grain too. Maybe PSE didn’t sharpen that much.


I messed with a lot of settings – back light, fading, grain, and manual histogram adjustments – before settling on Fading Correction set to low.

The same image with Scangear's Fading Correction set to low (scan 2). Definitely starting from a better place.

The same image with Scangear’s Fading Correction set to low (scan 2). Definitely starting from a better place.


Scan 2 and PSE's ASF applied. Slightly better than before but still pretty orange.

Scan 2 and PSE’s ASF applied. Slightly better than before but still pretty orange.


Scan 2 + GIMP auto input levels.

Scan 2 + GIMP auto input levels.


Vuescan, or my ability to use Vuescan, did not cover itself in glory. The RAW file wouldn’t open in any software I have. Adobe Camera RAW, PSE, GIMP, & Preview all showed a giant black rectangle. For the could-actually-see-something scan, I didn’t maintain the same settings. I still used 2400DPI but scanned as TIFF and 48-bit color instead of JPEG 24-bit like I used with Scangear. I need to go back and do apples-to-apples. PSE would not open a 48-bit (16 bits per channel) TIFF. Preview and GIMP opened it fine so, thanks Adobe, for deliberately crippling the less expensive, not a subscription, version of your software.

Vuescan scan to 48-bit color TIFF and converted to 24-bit JPEG with Preview (scan 3). Better color but lots of scanner artifacts. I'll re-calibrate before I re-scan since I installed the new version.

Vuescan scan to 48-bit color TIFF and converted to 24-bit JPEG with Preview (scan 3). Better color but lots of scanner artifacts. I’ll re-calibrate before I re-scan since I installed the new version.


Scan 3 + PSE ASF. Lost contrast but removed some magenta.

Scan 3 + PSE ASF. Lost contrast but removed some magenta.


Scan 3 + GIMP auto input levels. Better contrast but a bit yellow.

Scan 3 + GIMP auto input levels. Better contrast but a bit yellow.

Off the scanner, the colors are better with Vuescan. To me, the best of these images using only quick auto-corrections is Scan 1 + Gimp. GIMP didn’t do as well with the darker, higher contrast version (scan 2). That may change with some added labor. GIMP does a lot of things better than PSE but not everything and it’s definitely more of a manual tool. That also may change after re-calibrating the scanner with Vuescan. The automation with Vuescan is not great. I use it a lot for prints, Polaroids, and large format (one-off images) but it expects even spacing to do a section of a roll and that just doesn’t happen with the vintage/broken/not its native format kind of images I throw at the scanner.

What I really need to do is take the time to work out a new workflow using the full-frame DSLR and macro. I couldn’t get past how much slower I was trying to touch-type than I was as a fast hunt-and-pecker so i never learned to type. I need to suck it up and push past going slower and learn to do this right.

52 Cameras: Canon EOS Rebel II

A good description of the timeline and various names.
Film Photography Podcast asks: “Best Value 35mm SLR Film Camera?!”



This is from 1/2 roll of Kodak BW400CN, expired 01/2006. I overrode the DX speed and set it to ISO 320 to compensate for the age.The other 1/2 was in the Kalimar KX5000.
Bad framing but kind of fun. I added rotational blur to the wheel. The flash froze everything.

Bad framing but kind of fun. I added rotational blur to the wheel. The flash froze everything.


Jem wondering why I'm playing with the camera and not giving him snacks.

Jem wondering why I’m playing with the camera and not giving him snacks.


Rustic angel. Part of a descanso near Arroyo Seco.

Rustic angel. Part of a descanso near Arroyo Seco.


Still life with cat lamp.

Still life with cat lamp.

52 Cameras: Canon Powershot SX230 HS

The manual is still available from Canon.

Modes available from the mode dial: Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program Auto Exposure, Auto, Easy, Movie Digest (makes a movie from stills), Scene modes (see below), Creative Filters (see below-below), Movie (or set up preferences in the menu & hit the red button).

Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, & SCN. SCN has menu options: Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Beach, Underwater (requires housing – this camera is not waterproof), Foliage, Fireworks, & Snow.

Creative Filters: Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fish-eye, Miniature, Toy, Monochrome (actually pretty nice), Color Accent, & Color Swap.




Collared lizard.

Collared lizard.


Inside an empty yucca seed pod.

Inside an empty yucca seed pod.


M doing the hard part of Kitchen Mesa, Ghost Ranch, NM.

M doing the hard part of Kitchen Mesa, Ghost Ranch, NM.


View of Abiquiú lake and Pedernal from Kitchen Mesa.

View of Abiquiú lake and Pedernal from Kitchen Mesa.

Geminid Photobombing Orion 14 December 2020

Canon 60D, ISO 1600, f/2, 15 seconds, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC (HSM).* The lens is 48mm equivalent field of view with the 60D’s 1.6X crop factor. For meteors, a wider lens is better but this is what I have in sharp, fast glass. I got a couple of meteor images at 30 seconds but the stars are little glow worms.

Geminid meteor photobombing Orion

No post processing other than resizing.


Geminid meteor photobombing Orion

I’ll list post processing below.


Some of the stars in the original, particularly Orion’s belt, have red halos so looking at them zoomed out they look pink.

First, I desaturated the red channel on selected stars.

Next I used the Focus Magic filter to undo some motion blur (about 7 pixels). I’m using a demo version and still learning my way around it. It tends to oversharpen but I think that’s more a function of my ignorance than anything wrong with the algorithm. The demo is nice. It doesn’t cripple the software or add a watermark, you just have a limit of 10 images.

Pixel-peeping to see how well the blur removal worked, I found more red halos and did another round of selective red desaturation.

In GIMP, I adjusted the exposure to -0.750. An un-adjusted image comes up with exposure ‘0’. I’m not sure what the units are but I tweaked to taste. The trees lost a little glow but the sky looks more like what my eyes saw. I’ll probably play some more. If anything worth seeing comes out of it, I’ll update this post.

* This lens is discontinued. I got mine as a Sigma factory refurbished lens when the model was still current. Some “new old stock” is available depending on mount and mint used ones can be picked up inexpensively. The newer version is part of Sigma’s “Art” series. It costs a bit more (MSRP $499) and is tweakable with their USB dock.

Phound Photos Volume 15

This roll of Kodak MAX 400 (C-41 color print film, not T-MAX) has been sitting in the refrigerator for a while. It was in the Canon AL-1 when I bought it in late December 2019. I’m trying to work my way through more found film before the chemicals go bad. I’m using the Cinestill “Color Simplified” 2-bath kit. It’s the 1st batch I’ve used so I have no idea of its staying power vs the Unicolor kit I usually use.

On to the images.

Gorgeous dog. Want to steal.

Gorgeous dog. Want to steal.


Wind chime.

Wind chime.


Frozen bird feeder.

Frozen bird feeder.


Frozen bird feeder detail. Even the perch has ice.

Frozen bird feeder detail. Even the perch has ice.


Icicles.

Icicles.


Some color correction. The film survived its journey through a thrift store to me in pretty good shape.

52 Cameras: Canon Al-1 QF


The viewfinder graphics are a screen grab from the amazing Photography in Malaysia site.



Update 04 July 2020: I posted some images from the film that was in the camera at Phound Photos Volume 15.

Glittery 'O'.

Glittery ‘O’.


Goober contemplates the snow.

Goober contemplates the snow.




Second roll – expired Kodak T-MAX 400.
Radio Flyer.

Radio Flyer.


Hank.

Hank.


April.

April.


St. Valentine's Day bouquet.

St. Valentine’s Day bouquet.

52 Cameras: Canon Sure Shot Ace


The “Phound Photos” post for this camera: http://exit272.com/?p=4897



This is what I meant in the video. Down low = "Hey, whatcha got?"

This is what I meant in the video. Down low = “Hey, whatcha got?”


Ristra at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Ristra at the Santa Fe Convention Center.


Sculpture at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Sculpture at the Santa Fe Convention Center.


Poor Jem with his eyes blown out by the flash.

Poor Jem with his eyes blown out by the flash.

52 Cameras: #187 – Canon PowerShot G10

Things I missed or glossed over in the video:

Canon still has the manual.

Scene modes: Portrait – “soft effect”, Landscape – deep DoF, Night Scene – slow shutter + flash, Sports – continuous shooting with AF, Night Snapshot – reduces camera shake (boosts ISO & shutter?), Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200 (2X normal highest), and Color Swap.

Metering modes: Evaluative, Center weighted average, Spot AE Point/Center – spot metering is whatever is in the center of the LCD, and Spot AE Point/AF Point – AE point follows AF point (only works with FlexiZone AF selected).



No exposure modifications except the bird photo.
Some crops. For a P&S, it tolerates crops pretty well.

Jem doing what cats do.

Jem doing what cats do.


Open house at New Mexico Wildlife Center was awesome. It’s not on their web site yet but they have a “photographer’s day” coming up in November.
Lightened a little to bring the bird's face out of shadow.

Lightened a little to bring the bird’s face out of shadow.


Another shot of Joni. She touches a tennis ball on a stick & gets a treat.

Another shot of Joni. She touches a tennis ball on a stick & gets a treat.


Sunflowers at the co-op in Santa Fe.

Sunflowers at the co-op in Santa Fe.


I compost most things but goatheads get the flame.

I compost most things but goatheads get the flame.


An example of the exposure compensation. This is 0.

An example of the exposure compensation. This is 0.


This one is - 1/3 stop.

This one is – 1/3 stop.