My first impression is, that using the Kaiser Slimlite plano does result into somewhat cleaner colors. Now since you deal with iffy color negatives, colors will always be an issue. So, not until you actually accomplished a neutral tone image - THEN you see that the colors are a bit fresher, cleaner, kind of purer.

Unless I am making this all up in my mind. But I do feel there is are a notch clearer colors visible overall. And I also seem to get the final color balance correct. Before I struggled a lot (when I used the digital camera + Huion light panel + cyan filter). Now I am using the digital camera + Kaiser Slimlite Plano 5000°K and a cyan filter, even add at times a bit cyan in the camera, as well - but it depends on the film and motive).


A little bit more vibrant colors
(without pushing the color sliders)

In the photo above some colors are more vibrant now.


The thing with tungsten lights & daylight films

Fireworks and daylight color negative film, is often a bit of an issue. Because fireworks in themselves are often based on warm light (despite their colors, it seems that fireworks are more tungsten light. So when you use a daylight film, you get trouble with filtering out the color balance.

Same thing happens when you use daylight film in traditional light bulb environments - the image turns reddish if unfiltered. Actually it turns out far more reddish in a photo, compared to what the naked eye experienced. Now when you filter such a scanned image - into more neutral colors - the shadows become blue...

The best thing is either using a blue correction filter on a lens while you take photos. Or you use a tungsten film (which does not require any blue filter). Well there are almost no such films left. Wait, Cinefilm does have an ISO 800 (rather ISO 400) film that is a tungsten based film. Then the fireworks will show much purer colors. I did that once - and was astonished how much better those fireworks images turned out color wise. (with Fujicolor NPL 160, which was my favorite). Doesn't exist anymore of course...


Simply use a digital camera for fireworks today.

and preferably using RAW digital files, not JPG - because you then can color correct the fireworks in the best possible way. JPG's don't allow that in the same way. (often it turns out ugly).

Nevertheless - I wanted to describe the issues you encounter when using daylight color film in environments with very warm lights or on fireworks - creating issues when scanning those negatives later when you want them to show purer colors - which however will fail partially.


Millennium Data Bug. Really ?

Oh boy was it cold !!! -14°C. I remember. Possibly even -16°C. And the data millennium bug was in essence all just bullshit - nothing happened. Hyped to make all companies and private users to buy new hardware. That is how propaganda worked and still works. Global hype. Frikkin same old story, and we always plunge into it by 500%. Same like today... because "Experts told us so".

Nevertheless, I got good results from the Millennium fireworks shown above (which was directed towards Nacka, so there were less fireworks in that moment). Despite using daylight based color negative film (Fujicolor Superia 400) - together with the Kaiser Slimlite plano light panel, and a cyan filter - the quality turned out excellent. I notice now that I can use manual color correction in Photoshop without any Grain2Pixel software, getting very good results. *happy*

And sharpness is superb of course, thanks to using a digital camera instead of a flatbed scanner.


That the main image (above)

was shaken, but I don't know why. I had a tripod with me, deep frozen hands, and probably wanted to capture the firework action "on-the-fly" that came suddenly from the east (towards Nacka) and likely wanted to capture them too quickly. So yes, I was still walking over that bridge in order to get to "higher ground" to see the fireworks from Skansen.

See below.


It is kind of cool

to bring back memories, by scanning these now older color images. Slowly but steady - being able to embed them into my Diary - bringing them back to life, so to speak. As most of them, never where printed... They just existed as negatives, in many of my negative albums.

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