Accept my envy on having a 4000-dpi scanner. Your whole scan looks absolutely out-of-focus: for I see no sign of grain which must be present at this reso- lution in the form of brightness-and-color noise. Your scanner seems to have been not focused proper- ly. Scanner software (Nikkon's and VueScan) usually has a setting to disable autofocus and let the user choose the exact point whereupon he wishes to set the focus. This may be preferred for two reasons:
1. To choose a spot on which it is easier to fo- cus. It should have some medium contrast, rather than being high-contrast or monotone.
2. To compensate for film curl by focusing at different points, noting the suggested set- tings and finally setting the focus manually to a value somewhere between the extremes. With some experience you'll learn how to de- termine which deviations of the film from a plane are incompatible with sharp scanning. In this case a frame or glass holder should be used instead of the standard strip holder, or you should flatten the film, for which several techniques exist. Or focus on the most impor- tant object, sacrificing the backgroud and what's already out of focus on the shot.
But even with autofocus the result must be way bet- ter.
I liked the photo, especally after cropping it a bit from both top and bottom.
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