Keith wrote in part:
The Eagle Owl: I was a bit puzzled by the cast that appeared, but didn't feel like attacking it at around midnight last night - especially with my wife harassing me! I'm going to have another look at it over the weekend, and play with it in Photoshop. (I have CS2 and Lightroom 1.1, incidentally, but I prefer to use the old PS 5LE - much nicer interface.) The original print doesn't have that cast, so it must be something to do with the scanner, or maybe the encoding software on PBase.....
Keith - can you tell us exactly how you're scanning, and with what. I hope you're scanning from film and not from a print on a flatbed. If the latter, then you immediately have quality problems.
Personally I save myself a lot of scanning time with film by asking my processor for 'develop and CD only'. Saves lots of trees, and the hi-res JPEGs are perfectly OK for printing up to A4 or for posting on the Net. If there's something really outstanding, then I obviously go back to the neg and scan it on my Coolscan III.
With events like I was photographing - Eye Show - it can be very difficult to find the right position/light, because of the press of people (I'm sure you've all had that problem!) and just the instant you press the button, someone bangs into you. Indeed, taking the photographs of Sam and Daisy was a real challenge. Daisy particularly, because, like so many modern singers, she practically swallows the mike when she's singing. I tried to get a better angle, but they were on a truck trailer, so their feet were at the level of my ear; as well, the side curtains of the trailer got in the way, when I tried to get the angle I really wanted (they were at one end, and another band at the other). And, although she remained for much of the time glued to the mike, she didn't stay still for a second! Maybe that's what fooled the AF.
I've got a feeling it's more to do with the quality of the lens at the long end, but see my scanning question above. What lens were you using?
Well, please keep comments coming; it's nice to to get a feel for these things as others see them! Thanks again, much appreciated. We've lost the good weather now, again, so it may be a while before any more appear..although I do have some more shots from the Medieval Fair.
BTW, that ain't a lute you showed - that's a plucked instrument. My best guess is that it's a rebec - an early precursor to the wasp-waisted modern violin.
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