scanning film with Epson v600

Recently I was scanning 35mm film with my camera. It is a perfect way, and i think with more detail. But it was time consuming and i needed some good software to convert negatives to positives.

I found a Epson V600 scanner, which has the possibility to scan film, positive and negative, 35mm and 120 rolfilm.

My experience so far: it’s a lot faster with the epson scan software.
It seems to take some time, you need to pre scan and adust every image before you make the final scan. But when that’s done the scan proces is easy. Just one click and all negatives are scanned and stored.

This is an example from a Kodak Safety Film 5062 ( http://www.taphilo.com/Photo/kodakfilmnumxref.shtml ) Kodak PLUS-X Pan.

kodak PLUS-X Pan, 5062, scanned with Epson v600 and default epson scan software 3.9.3

When owning a Epson V600 (or V550) you can download Silverfast 8.8 SE software. When you need to scan negatives with more acurate color or difficult colors, it’s better to use this sofware. And by entering the serial number of your scanner you can get de Special Edition for free. Which is good enough. The Pro version has more/better options to restore old photos with some AI technology. But again, removing scratches and dust is also possible with Photoshop.

At first I had some trouble using the scanner, After 2 or 3 scans, the software crashed and reported the scanner was not connected? But now after 250 scans, i don’t have this issue anymore.

Live stream skyline Alphen aan den Rijn

Just a first try to stream live video, a view over Alphen aan den Rijn. You can see when the bridge in the centre is open. The bridge is green and can be seen left just before the church. The large building in the centre is the new library and the tower on the left is the old Television Tower

Open the following link to view the stream: Live Stream
Videostreaming with Raspberry Pi, Motion software.

Miops splash

So much fun with the Miops Splash. A device for managing waterdrops and controlling the camera or flash. With the supplied cable it is possible to control a flash unit with a standard 3.5mm jack. The godox ad200 and godox tt685 have both this connection so it was easy to setup for a first try.

One of my first watersplash with the miops splash. 2sec F11 iso200. To ftreeze the motion the flash was setup at 1/64 power. I had to trigger the miops on my phone within 2 sec of exposure.

After a lot of watching on youtube, reading and trying it’s getting better and better. I also found a cable to trigger the my Olympus omdem1m2 and canon eos 7d. They both have a 2.5mm jack for remote trigger. The Miops Splash also has a 2.5mm for controlling the camera. After this setup it was much easier. The trigger the miops with my phone also triggered the camera (and the flash trigger, godox x1t-o or -c) and the flash.

Olympus omdem1m2, bresser 60mm macro, F11 1/250 iso200. Trigger by phone app Miops Flash. Setup miops – 1e drop 75ms, 2e drop 94 after 85mm and camera trigger 100ms (tip: use flash rear curtain sync)
Miops app on android (it works the same on ios). Connection with bluetooth is very quick.

A short howto on IGTV: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CA2y-T1D4-Z/?igshid=1ww4y75b9rtui

Some tips: try different heights, use xantham gom it will make the waterdrops better, use milk or food color, clean the miops splash after use. With clear water or x-rain, this is also perfect for the nozzle it releases the tension of the water drop. For flash use rear (2e) curtain. Also fun to use color gels and different backdrops

Convert negative film

Plenty of time this moment because of Covid-19. So it’s time to open a box with many negative film. All 35mm created with an Olympus Trip 35. My dad used to take photos a long time ago. He bought his Olympus in Katwijk in 1969. For me a surprise to see so many photos but never saw them before.

Because i shot some photos recently with his old Olympus (and my canon eos10 dslr) i wanted to digitalize the negatives by myself. The first few tries were a disaster. Not sharp, bad colors. To improve the quality of the digital photo i made a simple solution. 2 pieces of glass (from 2 photo frames 13x18cm). Created a small frame for 1 35mm frame with black tape. As a backlite i use a led light. The camera, every camera will do fine, i use my Olympus omdem1 with 30mm f3.5 m.zuiko and a remote trigger. To focus i use a piece of paper with printed text. Manual focus on the text. Set the camera on Manual with an Aperture of 7.1 and shutterspeed of 1/15 (depending on the led backlight)

The most difficult part is to convert negative photos to normal. It can be done with lightroom, by changing the curves 0f every color. But you will not get perfect colors. Specially when converting many photos one at a time. It is possible to synchronise all photos but the results are bad. Another possibility is Snapseed on the ipad. It is possible to convert the negative. But in this case the same, it takes a lot of time to tweak the photo for a decent photo.

The best result for now is Negative Lab Pro. A plugin for Lightroom. But amazing what results you get.

Kodacolor shot with Olympus trip35 in 1978 (photocredit Henk Boltje). meermolen de onrust in Muiderberg,convert with Negative Lab Pro