Another happy accident.
I’ve been playing with my new film scanner lately, trying to get negative scans that aren’t disappointing on every level. For various reasons (mostly their lack of translucence compared to print films), traditional black and white negatives are notorious for scanning poorly. Many solutions have been proposed (and many photographers swear by various combinations), and I’m trying to stumble my way through some of them to find a process that works for me.
The Digital Image Enhancement Engine (DICE) scanner technology that allows dust-, scratch-, and generally blemish-free scans of color negatives does not work with black and white negatives. However, in my experimenting with software settings, I gave it a shot without thinking. This was the result.
As usual with my “weird looking” posts, this is not some bizarre Photoshop filter. This is the original scan, with only a minor exposure adjustment.
Agfa APX400, Clayton F76+, my K1000’s questionable meter, and scanner serendipity.