Hmmm. The images I get back from the photo lab are grungy. They arrive grungy. Using the Epson V600, I find crud everywhere.
With this picture, I moved it around on the scanner to decide if it was the neg or the scanner, and the neg won.
I cleaned the image with PEC-12, and the crud disappeared – a bit.
Then different settings in Epson Scan. Final settings which produced acceptable results were 2400 dpi, 48 bit color, digital ice, and medium unsharp mask. Final clean up in On1 Photo 10 and LR. Film was Kodak Ektar 100.
I am not sure if the lab is to blame or the camera, but this image was filthy when I got the scans back from the lab. Either way, for what I am doing, it is unimportant. I am just playing. At some point, I will check to see if the debris is stuck in the film. I cleaned up the worse of it in post, and then did some color correction.
This is an interesting process, looking at the images out of the Lomo LC-A. To my eye, it says poor equipment and bad images. On the other hand, I can see why it could be just fun. My persnickety side is at war with my “let’s do it and see what happens” side.
Aesthetically, I do not think grungy, dirty pictures (with debris all over them) are interesting if it was not done intentionally.
To counter the Lomo, I have a 6×6 Isoletta III rangefinder due to arrive today. Let’s see what that produces.
As a small birthday present, I got a Lomo LC-A plastic camera with a glass lens. This is one of my favorite pictures . . . SOOC, Kodak Ektar.