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Tom Photiou
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 - posted February 25, 2019 01:21 PM      Profile for Tom Photiou   Email Tom Photiou   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Over the last few days i recieved some interesting emails and images from Hugh regarding gels which can be used to turn a fading print into one that is more than acceptable, he sent me four of these gels a few years ago, extremely simplistic & inexpensive. Why spend fortunes on something that does exactly the same? In fact Hugh himself did get caught out on ebay some time ago by a German seller, the seller advertised a colour correction filter, he said that Wittners, (Kodak), were selling them for 500 euros, he was selling his for less, a hundred Euros or so start price, Hugh won it, but when it was delivered, it was nothing more than a bit of gelatin mounted in a 2”x 2” slide mount. Fortunately, with the help of ebay Hugh did get is dosh back but it just goes to show that so called filters are of no more use than the inexpensive gels you can buy from anywhere, Amazon sell them for next to nothing as do most stationary places.

Here is how a light blue Gel together with a pale yellow gel can make a difference,

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Pierre Mdihi
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 - posted February 25, 2019 01:40 PM      Profile for Pierre Mdihi   Email Pierre Mdihi   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
With so many red movie outside we have to make a solution and the blue gel is the solution.

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Tom Photiou
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 - posted February 25, 2019 01:44 PM      Profile for Tom Photiou   Email Tom Photiou   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
100% Pierre, and the blue mixed together with the light yellow, as show here, makes a poor fading copy more than acceptable again.

I myself no longer buy faded prints, and have indeed sold a fair few on recently, however, for the ones we have that are turning i am happy to use the gels until such time i sell them on [Wink]

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Luigi Castellitto
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 - posted February 25, 2019 04:35 PM      Profile for Luigi Castellitto   Email Luigi Castellitto   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The result is variable, much depends on the state of the film and the type; you must also choose the right "mix" of filters. I have had good results, other times almost null.

Another user of the forum, I don't remember the name, sent filters to a few pennies, I bought from him saving a lot of money. [Smile]

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Osi Osgood
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 - posted February 26, 2019 11:56 AM      Profile for Osi Osgood   Author's Homepage   Email Osi Osgood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
That is an excellent use of gels there, Tom! You'd never think it has faded!

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Tom Photiou
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Luigi, i agree 100%.
In fact, the credit for these images and the use of these simple inexpensive gels must go to Hugh Scott Thompson. He sent me four of his gels a few years ago, i couldn't believe how effective they were. As i understand it, this particular film has been bought back to life using a light blue gel and a light yellow gel used together [Wink]

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Luigi Castellitto
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I should try to use more yellow, I think I have underestimated this color!

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Tom Photiou
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 - posted February 28, 2019 03:38 AM      Profile for Tom Photiou   Email Tom Photiou   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Defiantly try it together with the light blue Luigi, but bere this in mind,
Gels work better with a good light output, 200w or above, the little 100w machines will struggle, hence noticeable light loss, the more modern lamps will cope no problem, the older
16mm 500-1000w might struggle also, but they do keep the room warm [Wink]

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