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We have installed a new version of Photoshop elements and we've found a new option to control the highlights when importing raw files from the digital camera. This makes a significant difference because it allows us to more easily set the exposure without worrying about burning out the highlights of the skin.

I used Fuji Astia 100F for this trip. This was also the first walk in the Alps using a Hasselblad. It was the middle of the day and the sun was extremely bright (it was also really warm as well). These were conditions unlike any that we had experienced in Scotland (obviously). Scanning the transparencies was an education. Film has very high contrast compared to digital (or colour negative print film) and has trouble coping with such an extreme difference between the highlights and the shade. It is a problem we occassionally encountered when skinny dipping on a sunny day in Scotland. The only solution is to under-expose to avoid losing information and to brighten the shadows in the scanned image. Unfortunately this leads to intense colour saturation and can also make the colour hue of the film excessive. I had to reduce the reds by 30% in Photoshop. We're considering bringing a reflector for diverting sunlight to the shaded parts of the body if we go out at mid-day again. Camping over night would be better though.

Here are two shots that we did not use. The first version is straight from the scanner with some sharpening, the second version is fully processed with the shadows lightened.