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Friday, August 6, 2010

Gothic Windows in Heidelberg

Heidelberg Castle Heidelberg, Germany ~ January 2002
Scanned from a slide

If you enlarge this one, you can just see a touch of the setting sun on the underside of the balcony. This is a foray into the archives with my slide scanner. It's great to have a way to save the old photos to digital format, but still disappointing as far as the quality goes compared to looking at them with an Agfa Lupe. If anyone has suggestions for getting quality from slides, please let me know. I did tweak it some in Photoshop. I have an ancient version (6.0), mainly because it was free. I got the color about right, but it still seems grainy, and some of my scans have way too much contrast. Are the old slides really that grainy? Have our digital cameras just gotten that much better? Anyway, as I have the time, I hope to post more shots from the slide files. I'd love to hear about anyone's experience with this transformation.

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5 comments:

Pat Tillett said...

That's a great photo of an amazing stone building. That kind of craftmanship is long gone in most places....

Jacob said...

Actually, I don't see any grain...and no, slide film is generally the very best and would have grain only if a photo was shot in very low light.

You might try a better scanner. And if you're serious I know the name of a place in California that will scan your photos at the highest resolution possible and transfer them to DVD.

I've had some slides as well as film done there and was quite happy with the results.

The biggest problem, I think, is with the scanner. You really need to have a very good one to get very good results.

Halcyon said...

I am never very happy with my scans of old photos. But I don't have a very good scanner.

I think this photo looks great though. I love the colors and the contrast is just right. I usually use Picasa software for editing. It's basic, but I'm pretty happy with the results.

I am wondering if there's a way to transfer old negatives into a digital format. That's a project for me.

T. Becque said...

I would love to see this in person! Alas, I have not been here, but someday...

JM said...

That's a wonderful façade!