Lately, I have been experimenting with chromogenic black-and-white film. However, I have had some trouble scanning the negatives. With colour film, scanning seems to work fine with the standard settings. However, when I try scanning chromogenic black-and-white film, I’m having trouble getting a good image.
Are there any recommendations or best practices when handling chromogenic black-and-white film (minimizing the amount of post-processing necessary)?
More specifically, the following pictures were taken and scanned using:
- Ilford XP2 Super, ISO 400
- HP ScanJet G4050
- Image Capture on Mac OS X El Capitan on standard settings
The following pictures were scanned as colour negatives (in the same run, without any changes): Here are some more pictures from the same run for comparison: 3, 4, 5
It seems to me that either the scanner or the software attempts to balance colours in some way?
When I switch to greyscale negatives, the colour problem (obviously) disappears, but then the scans look somewhat bland, lacking depth (but maybe I’m just seeing things?) and the banding problem gets worse: Again, some more pictures from the same run for comparison 8, 9, 10.
For comparison, here’s a photo I have taken of a (cheap) print from the negative. It’s not optimal quality, but it’s still much better than what the scans deliver:
Obviously, I could just desaturate the colour negative scans, but this doesn’t solve the banding problem (and it looks a lot to me as if this was the same thing the scanning software does?):
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