I thought I'd share the results with you.
Ultimately I decided to send the negative off to West Coast Imaging for a quality scan and print.
> The print is stellar!
> The packaging was top-notch - I don't think the Samsonite Gorilla could have hurt it in transit!
> Cost - It's too much for 'casual prints' - if it weren't this picture for this occasion, I'd find another route.
But after what I've seen from one order, I'd have no hesitation about using them again for the right occasion!
Here's a low res copy of the unedited scan.
C&C welcome, but note that nothing has been done to optimize this for either viewing or printing.
My computer isn't too keen on opening the 800+MB edited image they sent, and I haven't done much playing with the 'small' copy, but I'll get it sorted out!
Original pic took me an entire roll of film - this was the keeper.
I set up for uncluttered background and to get the boy and dog on the same plane so I could keep both in focus with narrow DOF.
I used an open aperture for shutter speed and DOF.
Nikon N70; Sigma 70-300 DL
I came; I saw; I shot; I shared.