I'm doing it wrong
I usually don't print big, because I only print 35mm right now and paper is expensive. Last night in anticipation of my medium-format future I decided to dig into a still-sealed box of 11x14 paper of uncertain age and mileage to see if it was any good. I used my avatar image for no particular reason. I scanned a portion of the print because the whole thing doesn't fit on my scanner, and unfortunately photobucket downsized it. I hope you can still see the awfulness well enough.
3 issues appeared at the large magnification.
First, the strange (dark!) spots. I printed it twice, and got different spots the second time, in different places. I'm forced to conclude that these spots are coming from the old paper. Or, something to do with my chemicals, but I don't know what it would be. The negative appeared clean and dust-free. I might have to give up on this old paper.
The second issue is the fine scratches running left-to-right. These were invisible in smaller prints. I could try nose oil, but I'm not sure if it's on the base or emulsion side. I wonder if they came from my camera, but they don't run perfectly straight. I think my negative carrier has scratched negatives before. I'm careful when I handle my negatives, and disappointed that these scratches appeared. I'm thinking about lining my negative carrier with the black-fuzzy-velvety stuff that I have leftover from my interslice camera seal kit.
Third, 35mm sucks.
What do you think about the spots?
Last edited by BetterSense; 03-29-2009 at 01:38 PM. Click to view previous post history.