Low res scans (<600 dpi) have good color / contrast but of course lack detail when scanning the negative. For example, I can't read the number on the nose but the sky and clouds are properly exposed.
High res scans (>600 - 9600 dpi) Sky and cloud detail is completely blown out, no clouds are even visible and the definition between the top of the fuse and the sky is completely lost. However, the small details such as the number on the nose are very clear.
It almost seems to me that the longer the scanner is spending going over the image for the higher resolution, it is almost like it is 'overexposing' it and blowing out the details. I tried searching the forum here but got no joy, please excuse me if I overlooked something obvious.
This all came about from an inquiry into the purchase of one of my photo's displayed here that was scanned from a 4x6 print a long time ago. In the print, both the nose number and clouds are visible with fairly good contrast, not great but ok. I would like to send the individual a much better rendition of the actual photo if possible but I'm starting to get frustrated. I have even tried scanning the 4x6 print again and it looks better than the negative scan in color / brightness / contrast but then it is covered with scratches and dirt. Here's the link to the A.net photo in question.
Photo © Brad Hayes
Disclaimer: This photo was added way back and I am fully aware it doesn't meet today's standards. If I can get a better scan though I would like to re-upload a better rendition.
Thanks in advance for the help!