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frost melting off grass stems as the sun first hits it...

 

working with ATZ film seems to present the biggest challenge to my original-image vs. photoshop sensibilities: ordinarily i try to scan polaroids to look as much like the actual pola as possible -- except for when it looks infinitely better having messed around with the levels or curves a bit in photoshop. usually those differences are fairly subtle, and since the scanner settings are in some ways arbitrary digital waypoints, i don't think too much about it.

 

but with ATZ, the originals are so non-contrasty & often very green, that minor tweaks can really fundamentally change what the image looks like. if i take this starting point & tweak the levels a bit, much more vibrant colors appear, usually in the green/cyan direction (see previous). if i click "autolevels" before trimming the white border off (which my scanner tends to scan pale blue), i get increased contrast plus the colors often change wildly, sometimes into deeper blues (like this one), often in the direction of more yellows, reds, and browns (i'm pretty sure i did that here).

 

this morning i made all three versions of this image, and then went with the least-manipulated one -- but tomorrow i might have a different reaction. i see no point in being a "purist" about scanned polas, the scan is always going to look & feel different than the original -- but not sure if i want to give myself SOME boundaries on the amount of manipulation? my mood about it varies from day to day...

 

for others who work with polaroids (or negatives, for that matter) -- how do you find yourself making these choices?

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Taken on November 13, 2009