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  •  LOL yes I suppose you could look at it that way. (2+ / 0-)
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    Mike Kahlow, RiveroftheWest

    Funny how we all perceive things differently.

    Thanks for stopping in. Do you really have dust and fungus on your old photos?

    •  Yup. (2+ / 0-)
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      bastrop, RiveroftheWest

      I'm scanning all my old photos. I've done somewhere around 170 rolls so far.

      The dust I can live with. It takes a little work, but I can get it off most of the time. And I'm not going to sweat it for most of my shots.

      The fungus, OTOH, really p^sses me off. I'm not seeing a lot, but what I'm seeing is primarily on 1) cut-rate film and 2) cut-rate processing. Both slides and negatives.

      The Kodak-processed slides seem to be mostly immune so far.

      Examples below from the Olympic National Forest, circa 1991:

      and now enlarged

      Screw John Galt. Who's John Doe?

      by Mike Kahlow on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 10:28:10 AM PDT

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      •  Argh! Suck. (2+ / 0-)
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        Mike Kahlow, RiveroftheWest

        Major suck and there is no good way to fix that, especially over something like clouds that is hard to fake. Even worse on a light colored variegated area. I'm a photoshop master, been using it since the first edition in 1989 and professionally since 1995. Worked for years as a retouch artist for a top service bureau (remember those?) and for design and ad firms. That's the nightmare right there.

        I would say best bet is to eat the loss and take them largely as they are. Unfortunate but likely true for anything complex. It's just never the same.

        Sorry for that.

        •  (Shrug) (2+ / 0-)
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          bastrop, RiveroftheWest

          I hadn't pulled a lot of this stuff out for 10-15 years. But yeah, it sucks.

          I'm scanning right now just to, as you said, "take them largely as they are". I've tried using some isopropyl alcohol (not rubbing alcohol, which has too much water) to clean a couple, and it seems to work OK... but I'm scanning first before I go wild with that.

          After they're scanned, I'll pick out the good ones and use the isopropyl alcohol on them. If that ruins them, well, they're already ruined.

          Just glad I caught it now.

          Screw John Galt. Who's John Doe?

          by Mike Kahlow on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 05:07:47 PM PDT

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