OK now I think I'm really glad that Stone has started this thread because I may have misunderstood that last sentence and I'm definitely confused. I'm new here and a novice printer. I have not uploaded anything to the main gallery yet ( but I did upload the 2 pictures mentioned above to a group gallery.) I don't own a film scanner, so any print from film would be a scan of the actual final print. But I also like paper negatives very much, and sometimes I contact print them and sometimes I scan and invert them. It sounds to me like I shouldn't upload a scanned and inverted paper negative unless I've made the contact print. That makes a certain sense to me, trying to be a 'purist'.
Here's where things get hard to understand. In my limited experience, my scanned prints ( whether contact or enlarged ) lose a lot of their original character. Really a lot. The grain always seems bigger and "glopped together" and less smooth, and the tone changes ( usually colder ).
With paper negatives I've looked at this pretty carefully and I don't think my scans of contact prints OR my inverted scans of the paper negatives look like the true final contact prints. The inverted scans are closer in fineness and detail, but the scans of the contact print are closer in texture and the way the contrast varies. Both completely miss the paper texture and sheen, and it seems like a sense depth, especially in darker areas, just disappears entirely. Honestly neither is a good representation of the print in hand.
I think I'll go remove mine.
Last edited by NedL; 03-01-2013 at 08:09 PM. Click to view previous post history.