I just got back the negative scans from the first few hundred shots I took on my Minolta TC-1 with kodak gold. I've noticed that on some photos there is a white smudge near the bottom left corner of my shots. Is this a light leak problem? Any suggestions on how to fix this would be greatly appreciated!

https://ibb.co/thYMm8q https://ibb.co/SNnhwDR

  • \$\begingroup\$ Is the direction of the sun in all of the affected photos about 30-40 degrees above the horizon and to camera right? \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    May 9, 2023 at 6:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ Could you please post the images at a hosting site that allows direct linking, so that they could be visible in the question? (imgur, for instance.) \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    May 9, 2023 at 6:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ Photos can also be copy pasted in the post if kept at a reasonable size \$\endgroup\$
    – xenoid
    May 9, 2023 at 7:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @xenoid Without permission that's not really appropriate. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    May 9, 2023 at 7:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ When inspecting the negatives, is there a corresponding "dark smudge" visible? \$\endgroup\$ May 10, 2023 at 16:50

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Both of your examples look like they could be lens flare to me.

The sun is to the right and about 25-40 degrees above the horizon. The "smudge" is on the left of the frame below the left←→right center axis.


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