Scan, baby, scan

February 17, 2013

Absolutely ages ago I bought a Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 film scanner with the specific intention of scanning my favourite/best black & white film negatives and 35mm transparencies. Thinking back this must have been about a decade back.

In that time I have indeed scanned a few of my negatives but very few compared with what I should have.

To give you an idea, I must have around 150,000 negatives, most of them not worth turning the scanner on for, but a fraction of them are worth the effort of scanning. But even a tiny fraction is several hundred at the very least.

Shooting a 365 project is one thing but I eschewed that idea and instead have set myself a 365 project with a twist and I am going to scan and archive at least one negative a day.

So far, so good.

Here’s a scan from a Kodak High Speed Infrared film. I still like this image despite the fact it’s 30 years old. It made a nice mono print and I also spent ages hand-tinting it with photo oil tints. I used cotton buds – no Photoshop in those days.


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