Well, I’ve managed to get some images up into galleries here using ‘Justified Image Grid’ and ‘WP Real Media Library’. The “old way” of web design / development doesn’t seem to apply to this new WordPress era, and I’ve had to learn that going for these plug-ins is probably a better option in most circumstances than an inexpert attempt by myself at re-inventing the wheel. Changing my understanding from writing flat pages in a text editor to this rather more dynamic terrain has been more challenging than I had anticipated.
On film scanning, through reviewing hundreds of scans made with my long discontinued Nikon Coolscan 9000, I became aware of some banding issues in certain scenes, particularly those with smooth textures; this seems to be related to a software option to use all 3 CCD rows at the same time and I believe it is possible to use a ‘fine’ mode that scans in a single line. Additionally as far as I’m aware this banding may also be an artefact of working at the full 4000 DPI resolution. – 450 megabyte files from a 6×6 colour negative. Scanning is a surprisingly rich subject and one that can be extremely time consuming to make progress with. Hopefully further experimentation should give me smooth and sharp results. My process for negative films is a raw tif out of VueScan, processed in ColorPerfect via PhotoLine. I’m Adobe free at the moment.
XP2 Super is not a film I’ve used a huge amount of over the years, but the negatives are certainly easy to scan, they work with Digital ICE. No grain due to being a C-41 film, but a bit noisy in the shadows at a higher exposure index so suggest 200 to 400 for optimal results. The negatives also print well in the darkroom.
I’ve recently started going through the negative pages of some my early attempts in photography; this one is from September 2003. I remember spending the summer reading everything I could about darkroom / film photography, which at the time was probably still the mainstream option. Pleased I managed the exposure and composition okay. Oh, and I’m glad I didn’t have to try and access a 14 1/2 year old digital file. Film is a good archival medium.
I’ve just downloaded ‘Justified Image Grid’, and will put a few Kodachrome slides from a trip to Switzerland in 2010 in this post as a first experiment. Many image gallery options don’t allow variable thumbnail size which is a big detraction as far as I’m concerned. As you can see the cropping is variable; I had originally thought to present the photos full-frame (showing the slide edge) but decided to crop some to suite the composition.
The originally slides and to an extent scans show a richness of colour that doesn’t fully translate to jpeg but hopefully these are an acceptable internet approximation.