Hard At Play


Portra 400 pushed to 800…

One was scanned at 3600 DPI and took five minutes of editing, the other took five seconds and is straight off the Pakon.

Can you guess which is which?


(Answer in the comments below…)


5 thoughts on “Hard At Play

  1. Karim D. Ghantous (@kdghantous) says:

    Interesting. The tonalities are different, but I don’t know the Pakon well enough either way. But the top one is less grainy – by a little bit – and has arguably better tonality. Tough call. I’d say the second one was from the Pakon.

  2. greg g49 says:

    I’m not sure it’s a fair contest at this size on the website, but I’m going the other way from Karim (see prior comment). No, really, this time I think Baby J’s hair (zone of focus is preciously slender) on the second one is slightly more detailed and differentiated per the greater scan resolution. I also like the skin tones a little better in that shot, slightly lighter, paler, which let’s the Producer’s face stand out more from the background and become a stronger element in the image. At least on my monitor, she disappears a little on the top one.

  3. jkjod says:

    Geesh, I have no idea – on one hand the second seems to have some magenta in the shadows and I know first hand that can be difficult to remove through editing. I think I like the first one better though (I know strong commitment there, haha), and it seems ever so slightly sharper, so I’m going to say the first is Plustek, or whatever you are using that isn’t the Pakon. Both look more than acceptable though, I recently tried to decided between “Scanning” with a macro lens and a digital camera vs the Plustek and in the end it came down to speed for me…

  4. mewanchuk says:

    Well Gents,

    It is past noon, and I do have three guesses…so I reckon it is probably time for the “big reveal”.


    Believe-it-or-not (Drumroll please……)

    The FIRST scan is the Pakon!

    I then re-scanned the same negative on the Plustek, and used the Pakon scan as a basis to try and “edit” the resulting file. (Once again, the Pakon scans at ~2100 DPI; the second image was rendered at 3600–who knows how “genuine” that actually is!)

    As you can see, for five seconds work, the first (un-edited) file is more than adequate!! With DX coding, it would appear that the Pakon really knows its film! It was actually quite startling to me how different the resulting scans were, and how much “work” the second file required to achieve a similar visual result.

    Anyway, thanks all for the guesses.

    I am now taking bids on my second Pakon; We’ll open the bidding at $10,000…

    All the best,

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