A customer got here to us with some eight”x 10″ Black and White Pictures from roughly the mid 1940’s. Pictures of formal posed wedding groupings that had been improperly fixed, stabilized, throughout processing. The silver element of the processed emulsion had oxidized badly rendering the image unrecognizable.
The emulsion had by now assumed a shinny appearance. When scanned with a flat mattress scanner the looks was liken to scanning a chunk of tin foil, black with highlights representing the reflective nature of the oxidized silver. No resemblance of an image was present not to mention any part of the picture that could possibly be restored. Numerous attempts at scanning as a transparency produced the same outcomes. In Photoshop the publicity software manipulated what portion of the picture the scanner was able to define but far from any factor that could be restorable.
Counting on my darkroom expertise producing Sepia toned images I consulted with Eastman Kodak Technical assist and my treatment was confirmed as workable. I might bleach the picture as if preparing for a toning with a potassium ferricyanide bleach however within the place of the toning I’d substitute the toner with a print developer adopted by a stop bath and a fixative and remaining wash of the redeveloped prints. The improper fixed prints reveled the unique image below the heavy oxidation that was remodeled into an nearly sandy grit once the bleaching course of was accomplished. The original exposure was nonetheless current when the redevelopment was accomplished. After the prints have been properly washed and subjected to a print dryer.
They had been once more scanned with a flatbed scanner and adjusted with Photoshop and the seen picture restored with the Photoshop device chest.
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