EXTRA SECURITY, BAD PHOTOS

Old Sep 29th, 2001, 11:07 PM
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amy
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EXTRA SECURITY, BAD PHOTOS

just back from a trip to italy from london and most of my film has been affected by extra x-raying at the airports now in effect. i carried the film in both hand luggage and checked bags and it didn't matter, all were affected, although one roll came out so bad i had to take it to a special lab to be printed and it's very, very dark.

i've now been warned to buy film at the airport and have it processed before coming home.

just wanted to warn anyone travelling through major airports that this could be a real problem.

anyone have similar experience or suggestions?
 
Old Sep 30th, 2001, 02:57 AM
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I had been wondering about this. While I have usually taken my own film, I have, on occasion, had them developed in Europe. There are plenty of 1 hour places [even in Skopje, Macedonia!] for the average tourist -- but for those of you who like to use professional processing I guess times have changed I would be interested in more reports.
 
Old Sep 30th, 2001, 03:46 AM
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yes, you are right about 1 hour places-especially in big cities. trouble is i do like to use a custom lab and i'd assume like most other folks-with all there is to do in a new place you hardly have time to get all the sights in never mind leave time to drop off and pick up processed film! but, perhaps this is what life will now be like.
 
Old Sep 30th, 2001, 06:09 AM
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things to keep in mind:

I have ben told by pro photogs that as long as the negative was not damaged, having a 1 hour place won't hurt your final result. in other words, your prints from them may not stun you, but, if you at least like the composition or think it's a good shot, take it to your pros after you get home & they will make another (better) print.

bear in mind that you should then make sure your negatives are hand searched - hand them to the security people instead of letting them go through the machines.

other option - your big bag of used film (I know MY bag is big)... put it completely separate from everything, and hand it to them to search, instead of putting it on the conveyor.

My guess is, if you use a lead bag, they are gonna search that bag ANYWAY given what it will look like on their monitor, may as well save them and you, time?

right?

Beth
 
Old Sep 30th, 2001, 06:10 AM
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it's early. not only does my typing bite, so does my grammar. SORRY!
 
Old Sep 30th, 2001, 10:17 AM
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For those traveling in France and Belgium, the FNAC chain does a good job developing photos. I get the next day (not one hour) service, the larger size and glossy ("brilliant") rather than matte finish. It's not as good as my favorite custom lab in Portland, OR, but they do a careful job. Prices are comparable to any good developing house in the states.
BTilke (Brussels)
 
Old Oct 1st, 2001, 08:40 AM
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amy
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topping
 
Old Oct 1st, 2001, 08:47 AM
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Any advice for places to develop in Rome of Florence?
 
Old Oct 1st, 2001, 11:23 AM
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What about using the lead bags? Is the xray strong enough to damage the film in the lead bags? I have used them in the past but it was before Sept. 11.
 
Old Oct 1st, 2001, 11:40 AM
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I would suggest, as I often do, taking a look at www.photo.net, but at this moment it is down. I was just looking at it last week in regards to lead bags, which I have not used in the past. The discussions are interesting and informative, but they didn't lead me to a clear conclusion. Do a search on the site's search engine. There are also lots of travelogues by the owner of the site, in which he sometimes talks about labs in other countries, or his perceived lack thereof. It seems that some people mail their undeveloped film back by FedEx and other services that supposedly don't x-ray film. Have been considering this option myself, but I am wondering if it is worth the time to do it. I don't subscribe to the theory that anyone can develop film and the expertise is in the printing. I have had too many negatives scratched and other assorted problems to believe it. Plus, it would cost a heck of a lot of money for me to get reprints in any quantity from a good lab back at home if I get the developing done in Europe.
 

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