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    Is it ok to flip the negative?

    Hi,

    I have a picture of a running kid from center to the left. While scanning I have turn the negative other way and I got kid running to the right side. And it looks better running to the right.

    So my question is: is it ok to flip negative in the darkroom to make mirror image on silver print?

    edit: I want to hear more than one opinion about this

    thanks,
    Last edited by darkosaric; 05-22-2012 at 05:23 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Yes.

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    Why not? as far as there are not any letters or numbers in the image.
    I do it quite often cause I always see the mirror of reality from my Rolleiflex.

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    Portrait photographers have been flipping negative almost as long as photography has existed, because clients are used to seeing a mirror image of themselves and they are more acceptable to them, and not reality.
    Ben

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    yes, it is. I flip some of my images, since they were composed with a WLF, and look wrong when printed right.....

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    It depends on the context of the image, in this case there's no reason not to flip it.

    Ian

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    Yes.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    As long as there are no 'tells' in the picture like printed words or numbers or cars with the steering column clearly visible, no one will be the wiser. ( yes, i know some countries have right-side steering, but if the photo's location is obvious from the context, it will look 'wrong'.)
    I just want to feel nostalgic like I used to.


    http://www.clayharmon.net - turnip extraordinaire

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    yes, and no

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    Most of us read from left to right, so movement from left to right seems natural.

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