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Old 07-10-2008, 04:28 AM
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As I am cleaning up my mother's, grandmother's, and great grandfather's photos, I am becoming increasingly curious as to what I am cleaning. Some things are obvious - my mother's crayon and pencil marks, especially when she blotted out her sister's eyes, fingerprints, apparently embeded forever, cracks in the paper, scratches, seperation of emulsions, fading. What I cannot explain are the light specks, dark specks, and orange specks. Anyone know what causes these? Please tell me it's not bugs.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:04 AM
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Re: Curious

hi,
these are my thoughts...
although there can be many reason but common one i have run across

1. dust that on the photograph when scanning

2. dust particles on top of the glass plate of the scanner and sometimes on the bottom of the glass on the scanner... just recently a friend had problems with specks and streaks and they had to open up the inside of the scanner and clean the glass and also clean the reflector/bulb

3. i also some notice you use jpg format to save your images.... jpg sometimes leave artifacts...

those are the things i have noticed.!
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As I am cleaning up my mother's, grandmother's, and great grandfather's photos, I am becoming increasingly curious as to what I am cleaning. Some things are obvious - my mother's crayon and pencil marks, especially when she blotted out her sister's eyes, fingerprints, apparently embeded forever, cracks in the paper, scratches, seperation of emulsions, fading. What I cannot explain are the light specks, dark specks, and orange specks. Anyone know what causes these? Please tell me it's not bugs.
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:56 AM
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Re: Curious

Dark specks and orange specks - probably fungus. Sorry.
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:24 PM
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Re: Curious

I think it can be a chemical reaction. The print wasn't washed out properly, and the developing process is still in progress.
It can be fungus as well. Do it have a smell, a wet, muddy smell? If so it must be a fungus.
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:35 AM
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Re: Curious

I keep a silk rag by my computer, using it to clean every photo before scanning. I also frequently clean the scanner bed with it.
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Old 07-12-2008, 10:24 AM
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Re: Curious

"It's not bugs !"

Well, I only told you that because you asked us to .
However, it can be bugs as well as fungi.
Generally, it is not worth worrying about which it is. Just move the pictures to a fresh storage container and then lightly clean them as you work with them... just as you have been doing.

Fungi attack the image when moisture is present. Bugs attach images for the organic fibers, glues and chemicals... not the inorganic parts of the paper. However, most bugs cannot survive without a little moisture also. Another reason to keep your images dry. Bugs generally leave signs they have been there, i.e. molted skins, droppings, or just dead bugs. So, if you are not seeing this evidence, it is likely fungi.
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