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Stephen Streicher
 

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i just got my photos today from the store (poor college kid= no money to process my own film or prints) and there is a huge white streak going through most of the photos, most of them from the top to the bottom on the right side... as well as some discoloration on the right, a couple of questions... 1.)is this a light leak? 2.) how can I fix this problem? 3.) how much will it cost me to do this?

sorry but I dont have any images available to post. thanks for all your help


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4/6/2006 8:47:06 PM

 
  Hi Stephen;

First of all, check the negatives. The film cannister or the processor may have had something on them that sctatched the negatives. A discount store photo lab did that to me once.

If you have a light leak, the streaks will be wide, and will usually turn orange or red in color. They will also usually be wider at the top or bottom.

Check the film track in your camera to see if something in it could have scratched your film. It may have some dust or sand in it.

Have fun and keep shooting,
Mark H.

BTW, welcome to betterphoto.com.


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4/10/2006 7:41:40 PM

 
Stephen Streicher   well, I took it into a camera shop, and they took a good long look at it and told me it probably wasnt a light leak, then they thought lens flare, and looking at the pictures they said it wasnt a lens flare, but maybe a combination of older film and very bad processing. heres an example of a shot and nobody knows what the giant pink thing is, do you guys know or have had a similar experience?

http://rockclimbing.com/photo/photo_show.php?list_sort=highest_first&list_keyword=flatiron&list_category=0&list_filter_user_id=&list_comment_user_id=&list_per_page=25&list_album_id=&list_CountryStateID=&list_AreaID=&list_SectionID=&list_mode=approved&list_period=None&list_start=5&id=53054


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4/12/2006 12:46:13 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  There's an old adage Stephen, that when you hear hoof beats, think horses not zebras. The shot you offered as an example either looks like (as someone at the other site offered) the Northern Lights, or scratched film. Older (and mistreated) film produces color shifting like when it's exposed to excessive heat over long periods. X-ray damages produces base side emulsion fog. I have never seen bad film combined with a processing problem. I think the odds of that here are pretty slim and Slim just got on a train headed for Detroit.

I'll lay odds that something in the processor (unless it was a dip and dunk system) and scratched the film as it was transported through the machine. It's not light leaks either. They wouldn't be evenly distributed across the entire frame and that thin. You'd also see light streaks across the frame lines. Bet you don't have those.

Look closely at your negatives on a light box using a magnifying loupe. If they're scratched, they'll look scratched. If they look clean, get them reprinted. If they look scratched, there's your answer and I'd look to your camera as the source initially, as Mark said look inside the camera. Dirt or grit inside or on the pressure plate, or an out of adjustment pressure plate can scratch film. For that, you look for scratches on the back side of the film, not the emulsion side. It ain't old film.

Take it light.
Mark.


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4/12/2006 7:49:00 PM

 
Stephen Streicher   ok, im glad it isnt something insanely expensive and hard to fix there, thanks for all the help guys.


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4/12/2006 8:47:28 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  I thought something completely different when I looked at it.

All the white streaks look like they are in the sky only. If this was a 2-3 hour exposure, these could be star trails. The 2 or 3 lines that are not parallel to all the others could be jets or some other non-stationary object.

In most cases, I think scratches would be horizontal, from the film moving through the camera or the processing equipment. These lines are diagonal.

Not sure about the pink blob. But a lot can happen during a 2-3 hour exposure.

Stephen, I don't see anything in this photo that looks like the "huge white streak . . . from the top to the bottom on the right side" that you describe above. That description DOES sound like a light leak, but I don't see that in this photo.

Chris


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4/13/2006 7:58:01 AM

 
Stephen Streicher  
 
 
heres an example of one with the streak through it


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4/13/2006 11:39:53 AM

 
Stephen Streicher  
 
 
heres an example of one with the streak through it


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4/13/2006 11:41:10 AM

 
Stephen Streicher  
 
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heres an example of one with the streak through it


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4/13/2006 11:45:27 AM

 
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