Monday, May 08, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS - Compare these two scans


Blogger micki said...

Wow! I can’t believe that yesterday wasn’t a bigger stumper. Great guessing!! It was indeed a shot of a semi truck that was making a delivery to the restaurant I was parked next to.

Today I’m posting two versions of the same macro image…it’s Macro Monday! One is the scan from the negative that my lab does for me. The other is the scan from my cheap HP copy/scanner/printer/fax machine. The scan from the negative is much lighter than the print I hold in my hand. The scan from my HP is off in background color (it’s actually dark green) and has that annoying line running through that all my dark scans have).

Just sharing so that you can see why some images I’ll scan myself, and some I’ll go with the lab scan, even though it’s smaller.

Konica Minolta 70 Fuji HQ ISO 100 1/250 f-2.8 Aperture Mode Minolta 50mm macro lens with 21mm and 31mm extension tubes

I wish I could have 24 hours where I all had to do was shoot! I need a day like that…know what I mean??

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Hendra said...

I actually prefer the color of the first photo, eventhough it may not reflect the actual color. And yes, that line is distracting, but I believe it's easily removed in photoshop.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Well, I happen to like the second, lighter, image better. It gives an almost transparent effect that better suggests the fragility of the little thing.

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

That's a really big difference between the scans -- so much so that I would have guessed it was actually two different pictures, espcially considering the background.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Ella said...

I also like the first picture, because of the deep blue, which makes the yellow of the flower shine. But I totally agree that all I actually want to do is to shoot and not worry about technical aspects so much.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

great - they both look slike water colours

9:13 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

That's really interesting how the scan of the negative is so much lighter than the print. Has that happened with other shots? or just this one?

I like both, but there is something about the second (lab scan) that I like a bit more. Perhaps it's the gauzy look it has.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Interesting what different results you got from the same image. I personally like the first one better but the second is nice too, has a lighter feeling to it (the first one is more dramatic).

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

I like the first more colourful image although both do have a watercolour feel about them its interesting to see the differing images of the same capture.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Imran said...

The second one is too high key for me. I prefer the first one. :)

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

Very good the composition. I like much the colors.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Gary said...

I like the first one, although agree might need a little editing to remove line

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

I too go with the first image, more colorful and nice contrast.

1:10 PM  
Blogger DAVE ( said...

Glow in the dark flowers... wicked.

1:13 PM  
Anonymous sebastian said...

very great work

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Marta said...

wow! it's like two diferent flowers!!i like both!

2:04 PM  
Blogger Lore said...

ohhh :( i lost the take a guess day!! :( .... next time i won't miss it, ok, today's macros are pretty neat, i love the effects on both shots, but my favorite is the first frame!! it seems like a new kind of flame!! i love the colour and the high contrast!! Well done!! as always!!! :D

3:41 PM  
Anonymous John said...

I also prefer the colour of the first scan, you could remove the glitches in a simple editing program.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

i like the soft tone version....look like painting...great choice of flowers, beautiful:-)

5:17 PM  
Anonymous sil said...

I like them both :) Nice pic!

5:36 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I like both. They are both very different.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Cool shots Micki. I am all for you die hard film folks but dang isn't it a lot of work? Have you considered digital or do you really just enjoy film? I am not one to judge either. I am a newbie and I tend to not blast people for what ever they want. I am just curious.

8:43 PM  
Anonymous shane j montgomery said...

I like the top one :)

8:55 PM  
Anonymous matt said...

I prefer the top one. It has an old-world feel, like a tintype in color. It really has character.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Azhar said...

No.2 is just too much highlights I'd go for no.1 it looks more natural.GREAT SHOT!

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Philippe said...

I like the colors in the 1st Shot...but the background works better in the 2nd shot...

JUSt beautiful work!

11:51 PM  
Blogger Wendy A said...

Amazing that they are so different. Colors are completely different however saying that they are both really beautiful in their own rights. Love the transparancy of the one but the contrasts and strength of colors on the other. Interesting comparison.

11:56 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Both so different I agree however my choice the second as I like the true yellow shade.

12:07 AM  
Anonymous G said...

I vote for the first one. Although the colors may be "off" from the print that you have, I find it to be very pleasing..."soft", I would say.

12:49 AM  
Blogger Anand Surana said...

Hi Micki,

I have come to your blog for the first time and I liked your snaps. Infact i was a bit surprised when i read that you actually scan the prints and upload it here. Great work.
I have rececntly bought a digital camera and I was wondering how to setup a photoblog. And in the process came to your blog. Can you help me setup a photoblog? you can mail me at

12:58 AM  
Anonymous david said...

interesting comparisons Micki! I think I might do "macro mondays" also! cheers ;)

1:23 AM  
Anonymous tore said...

I'm going for the second one. The first one looks a little radioactive to me but maybe that's just my monitor. The tones of the second scan fit better to the subject, I think. Maybe there's a happy medium to be found

5:52 AM  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...


6:18 AM  
Anonymous Emré said...

Micki, your scanner is better. I changed color value levels of the second one for full spread histogram, and it looks perfect. Upper one is also value-spread but defective. Obviously you didn't put a black paper background while shooting, did you?


1:13 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Color balance can be a wacky thing, especially once an image is in digital form - love the ethereal quality of the subject in the second version, but crave more of the contrast found in the first version - maybe if I look back and forth fast enough :-)

7:04 AM  

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