That's one lonely tree up there.
This is pretty underexposed, and as a result it looks more black-and-white than usual. I've noticed that some black-and-white pictures have rich midtones, whereas others look like they just contain varying amounts of black and white. I think it all comes down to exposure; if you don't put the interesting parts right in the middle of the sensitivity range, they look dull, as in this photo.
Anyway, I mostly scanned this to test scanner focus now that I have a microadjustable film holder (betterscanning.com
). Tomorrow I get my wet-mounting equipment and will finally scan the rest of my vacation photos, though dry mounting yields very good results. We'll have to see if there's any difference.
It is nice to be able to do full-frame image capture again (look at those notches!), though there are weird artifacts if you don't mask off the side of the frame, so it's all kind of pointless except for capturing the emulsion name. You can
get the whole frame, but light leaks in around the sides and lightens up the image in bands.
The big advantage of the betterscanning holder is that you just tape your negative to the glass, so you can stretch it perfectly flat. The standard Epson film holders hold the sides of the film by the edge, and you never get the film flat, resulting in distortion and out-of-focus scans. Taping or wet-mounting might end up being more work, but is a lot less fiddly, so it seems easier.