What's wrong with my scanning technique?

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    ted_smith Member

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    Hi

    Please compare the two images below.

    The first is a 'standard' (as opposed to pro) 4Mb scan of a Fuji Velvia 100 35mm exposure done by my pro lab that they burned to CD, along with the rest of the film.

    The second is a 600dpi 24-bit RGB scan of the same transparency using my own Nikon LS-2000 film scanner with a 'landscape' colour balance selected during the scan process. I've done nothing else with it, either in the scan software or afterwards, and I accepted the defaults of the scanning software more or less, which is VueScan, version 8.5.01 (www.hamrick.com).

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    I realise I could correct it with sharpening etc, but the two scans are so different, and I expect the pro lab are only using default values too, so where I am I going wrong? Surely it's not just down to the fact they will be using a much better scanner, or is there really that much of a difference?

    Where am I going wrong? What are the pro lab doing that I am not?

    Ted
     
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    NB - Anyone who has read this in the first couple of minutes since posting, I have re-done the scan using 'Colour Balance : Auto Levels' as opposed to landscape, which has made the water look whiter, but still, it's not great,
     
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    jd callow Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Ted this is really pretty much out of scope for APUG. You'll get better answers on http://www.Hybridphoto.com or any general photog site.
     
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    Yes, fair point. I have posted it there instead. Thanks
     
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