Poor B&W processing?

1 year 6 months ago #704642 by r.sk8s
Hello,
I had some Tri X processed and scanned by a local camera shop, many of the scans came back with blotches. It's on the negatives and it's in different parts of the frame in conservative images taken seconds apart. Is this just a case of poor precessing? I've just recently started shooting film after a 20 year hiatus and I'm trying a few different cameras, lenses and after these results looking for a different lab I think. Hoping someone can confirm my suspicions concerning the blotches.  Thanks!
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1 year 6 months ago #704643 by Nikon Shooter
In my book, these show poor washing / drying
and possibly dirty scanner.

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1 year 6 months ago #704648 by Hassner
Light marks are normally dust on the negatives. 

With digital it is so easy to clone it out, bit you should not have to. 
The film and scanner should be clean.
I would complain.


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1 year 6 months ago #704651 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day mate

Have a very close look at the actual film strips - and look only on the shiny side of the film. Wiggle the film a bit to get the best reflection off the curved surface of the film

Q- are there any tiny blemishes visible? - if so, the problem is that the film was -not- washed using filtered water, nor was it dried using a squeegee along the non-emulsion side of the film (the emulsion side does not need to be squeegeed)

If you see tiny marks on the shiny curved back of the negatives - do not play with them- take them back to the shop and request them to a) wipe each carefully using cotton balls & filtered water, then b) rescan all images, and at no cost to you

Hope this helps
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1 year 6 months ago #705051 by Kira Minori

Nikon Shooter wrote: In my book, these show poor washing / drying
and possibly dirty scanner.


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1 year 6 months ago #705151 by r.sk8s
Thanks for the comments. I've already fixed a few photos. Cloning did the trick, thanks. The scan I shared had the worst spots but luckily was one I didn't care to fix anyhow. The unfortunate part is, I really don't like this particular camera shop. It was never a cool place like Central Camera in Chicago. It's a rather bland store with a poor selection and less than enthusiastic customer service. But, they are one of the few places near me, to buy and process film. I'll be sending my film to an out of town lab now, but I still want to support a local shop.


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1 year 6 months ago #705209 by Hassner
You still have places to develop film?
In the whole of my region, a population of 7 million, there is only one place left to develop film. 


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