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Jennifer D. Brandon
 

Store Film Developing


 
  Ghosts of Mississippi 1
Ghosts of Mississippi 1
I'm a beginner so can't tell you much about the technical aspect but this photo was taken at a ghost town in Mississippi called Rocky Springs. It was taken October of 2006.

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Simply put, I dropped off some black and white film at my local Walmart, got the prints back and they had an amazing brownish quality that I loved! Tried getting 8x10's but they came back plain ol black and white. How can I get the same brownish quality in my enlargements? I've asked the people at the store and they had no idea. Does the fact that it was Kodak but printing on Fuji paper have anything to to with it? Hmmm..... Help!


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3/29/2007 1:17:47 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  It was printed on color paper. So depending on if the person printing tries make it look like regular b&w or not, or even how much effort, they can look like your brown tint, brown/green tint, blue tint, or brown/red tint.
Black on white film printed on color paper has to be color corrected to look like black and white. So if they didn't use black and white paper for the 8x10, they corrected to look like black and white.


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3/29/2007 1:29:26 PM

 
Jennifer D. Brandon   first off, thank you for such a quick response!! awesome!! o.k. so if I want my enlargements to look like the orginials, is there a specific way I can ask them to develope them or should I just try and find a film student with access to a dark room? Again, thanks!


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3/29/2007 4:11:31 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  matte or glossy?


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3/29/2007 9:56:45 PM

 
Jennifer D. Brandon   I'd prefer glossy but at this point, after $35 of trying to get the desired results, i'm just ready to actually get what I really want. I just prefer glossy for these type of photos because matte somehow takes away from the mood, ya know? Maybe I'm weird!


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3/29/2007 11:06:15 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Just send the 4x6 with the negative and say make it look like this. They'll have that and the numbers on the back that the machine stamps that are what it was at.


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3/30/2007 7:55:02 AM

 
Jennifer D. Brandon   well, i've done that very thing. I took in the original 4x6 prints and also took in the plain 8x10's, explained the whole situation and they couldn't help me. the only suggestion that was made was to take one of my prints and do the Kodak picture maker and make the photo "sepia". The result is closer but not a sharp and defined and still not the color i'm looking for.


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3/30/2007 8:53:08 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Take Gregory's suggestion, but bring the prints and negatives to a real photo lab at a camera store instead. I know there are some exceptions out there, but in most cases, you won't get this kind of hands-on attention at a Wal-mart or drug-store photo counter.

Chris A. Vedros
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3/30/2007 9:07:33 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Stop going to wal mart and take it to a better place. It's not a difficult thing to do. You're dealing with somebody who doesn't want to try or doesn't know what they're doing.
It may not looking 100% the same when using somebody else's machinery, but really close.


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3/30/2007 9:07:42 AM

 
Jennifer D. Brandon   Well, in a big city that would be a no brainer but I live in a small town. Clovis, NM isn't known for being on the cutting edge of things. If you've seen the news this past week, you might have caught our small town in some of their tornado stories because we were hit last Friday. Anywho, my point is, we don't have a photo lab that's available to the public. My only hope is possibly trying to find a student with access to a dark room and that, if they know what they're doing. I sure appreciate you all helping me out with this! At least if I do find a student, i'll know what to ask them. thanks again you guys!! =)


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3/30/2007 9:24:34 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Is there a wolf or a walgreens?
You could scan the negative and print it sepia.


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3/30/2007 9:29:28 AM

 
Jennifer D. Brandon   Yes we have a Walgreens but they're worse than Walmart. And, like I stated above, I did one in sepia but it isn't as sharp and doesn't look as good. It loses that certain quality i'm trying to keep from the original prints.


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3/30/2007 9:35:25 AM

 
  Iy looks to me like they added some cepia to try to make the photographs look older. You can request that they not do this. Many labs do this because it is requested so often.

Have fun and keep shooting,
Mark H.


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3/30/2007 12:52:57 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  She wants the sepia.
Well looks like you have a bunch of goof balls working in the local photo labs. If you don't scan it and make a sepia print yourself, then you'll have to find somebody with a dark and all the right chemicals for sepia toning.


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3/30/2007 7:01:36 PM

 
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