Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Shanghai 1985

Shanghai 1985
Very few cars and lots of bicycles
Nothing like the city shown in the movie Skyfall

View from hotel (which was location of Digital China)
Rooftops of Shanghai. The air smelled of burning coal which was used for heating and cooking.
It gave a slight haze to the air

Monday, December 30, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Steam power in China (1985)

One of the thrills of visiting China in 1985 was seeing steam engines in regular use
From the hotel room in Wuhan I would occasionally hear a train whistle as it crossed the Wuhan Yangtze Bridge

Workers taking a break

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - China 1985

I believe this 1985 photo was taken in Wuhan China. I would  wager that whatever this laborer is carrying is very heavy.
It was not uncommon to see propane tanks, large bags of coal and other items being either carried by hand or transported via bicycle

At the time I was using a  used Nikon camera which I had purchased in Hong Kong. I mistakenly left the light meter powered on and the battery drained. I had no idea where the battery was located and remember asking everyone where it might be located (mostly through gestures).

Using this camera was probably not the best idea since it attracted  undue attention, not exactly a good tool to capture candid photos. With no light meter, I guessed at exposure settings.

Later at home in the USA, I discovered that you need to remove the lens and flip open a an access panel  to access the battery. Great design.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Chess in the Park

Chess in a New York City Park (probably Central Park)

In May 2011, I took a similar photo of chess players at Washington Square Park in New York. The photo was not as successful and one irate player jumped into my face about photographing his face. After that incident  I've been concentrating on landscapes, landscapes and people I know.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - California Coast 1970

You were expecting to see snow and Christmas Lights?

After spending months in Millington Tennessee being trained in Avionics it was wonderful being sent to San Diego.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Google Auto-awesome

You cannot fault Google for not being innovative, from self driving cars to photos of your street. I like to use them for sharing photos, both privately and publicly. Of course I realize nothing is really "private" but I'm willing to make that bargain for the infrastructure they provide.

Recently they have introduced a fun feature that looks for similar photos creates an animated GIF. It might be sparkles around a bright spot, or simulated snow around Santa. I tried to take advantage of this by creating a series of similar Kaleidoscopes. These are my results.
This form was created by incremental rotation of the base image, which yields the twisting effect of the segments

For this effect I did incremental scales of the base image (which is the same as the first)

My first effort is a little jumpy, but it gave me an idea what could be done with this

Daily Analog Photo - Coastline

I believe this is somewhere on the West Coast, maybe Oregon?

These places are wonderfully quiet, just the sound of water and rustle of the grasses

Friday, December 20, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Longwood Topiary Garden

Sadly I had very little time to visit Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
We were in the state to attend my niece's graduation from Bryn Mawr College

The Gardens are amazing and I hope to revisit someday with a digital camera

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Wuhan China 1985

I visited a park/amusement parks on Sunday during my time in China in 1985
They were busy places full of people

Most all of the parents would have just a single child due to the policies of the government.

I couldn't resist taking this shot, the flowers are a nice touch

Monday, December 16, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Merritt Parkway Exit 47

Google view of the bridge at Exit 47
I received my first "real" camera for Christmas in 1961. I believe it was an Ansco which had some rudimentary controls including a bulb setting for time exposures. The photos of the 1964-65 World's Fair that I have previously posted were taken using that camera. The camera used a large format film and I shot using slide film. The slides are difficult to scan because most scanners assume a 35mm aspect ratio. In a subsequent visit to the World's Fair I left the camera behind on a seat at an exhibit. I realized my mistake but the camera was gone.

Exit 47 on the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut
Taken early 1960s
The original shot was square, I have cropped this to match the light trails

I risked my life for this? the folly of youth

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - 1964 World's Fair

1964-1965 New York State Pavilion

They made it easy to take this shot, they had site designated with an arrow pointing in the direction of the towers
This structure still stands and will require 43 million to renovate or 17 million to tear down

Featured in the movie Men in Black as repositories for spacecraft

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Daily Analog Photos - Pacific Ocean Cruise

In 1970 I was on an ocean cruise aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard. It had many of the amenities that luxury liners have, hot food, a place to sleep and ports of call.

At the first opportunity I purchased this wonderful Nikon Nikkormat at the Navy Exchange and said goodbye to the Praktica SLR that I had bought in the late 1960s
This camera accompanied me during my Navy days, from the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, across the US well into the 1980s when I retired it for a more "modern" Nikon SLR

It was built like a tank, it had a mercury battery for the light meter (which is no longer available) but since it is entirely mechanical, it could operate without the battery. This camera was used by many of the photojournalists during the Vietnam War. It was as good as the Nikon but without removable prism

Almost all the photos that I have been posting for my Daily Analog Photo theme were taken with this camera

A much skinnier version of myself  on the flight deck of the "Bonnie Dick"

Just recently I learned from a Wikipedia entry that we docked in Da Nang harbour to demonstrate the alleged pacification of the region. I'm reasonably sure that this was taken on that day. I remember that they fired a missile into the water to keep small boats from getting too close. They never told us where we were and there was no GPS to help.
My locker
It is obvious what mattered to me
Top Shelf - undeveloped film and some microphones (which were eventually stolen
Next Shelf  - canisters of exposed film, a few Navy Whites (badly folded and my Sony Cassette recorder
Next Shelf - boxes of slides to be sent home (and being featured on this blog) also paperbacks to read while waiting in the chow line
Bottom Shelf - Headphones to listen to tunes, a telephoto lens and the camera (which does not appear in this shot)

Rack 64
A restful sleep, this deck was right below the flight deck
The steam driven catapult traveled directly above our  heads which shook and made a hell of a noise
I don't remember a full night of sleep
We would our work clothes under the "mattress" to "iron" them
At least they had the decency to place a partition between the bunks so we wouldn't be breathing in each others face

The bunks were stack three high. I was glad I had the top bunk, since you would step on the others to climb up
My bunk was right in front of a black and white television that would show flight operations

For entertainment they would show episodes of Mission Impossible and Star Trek (I think) along with some tame movies (which I think were edited). Every so often the Captain would tell us to behave ourselves in Port.

Why show this link?
Jim Morrison's dad George Stephen Morrison commanded the Bon Homme Richard in 1963

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Frosty Morn

This slide had this coloration when I scanned it
Dye shift, perhaps tungsten film? I like the result though

A little color

Monday, December 9, 2013

It's winter out there! - Daily Analog Photo

Found this analog photo in the collection, it seemed appropriate this morning as I look at snow and 22 F temps

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - China 1985

My hosts in China took me on a road to visit some temples and see the Three Gorges
I was working for Digital Equipment Corporation at the time and our computers were to be used for the Dam project

Most of the temples were very busy places full of people which was not unusual considering how populated China is.
However there were some quiet places, and I happened upon this scene

That was a very special "road trip" for me. We were in the country far from the normal tourist sites on unpaved roads and spectacular scenery. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Daily Analog Photos - The 1970s

While being stationed in Imperial Beach, I remember driving into the mountains with friends
I have no idea where this is exactly but I like the ruggedness of this ridge

This is another photo that baffles me
I'm guessing that this was Country Joe and the Fish (remember them?) concert in California
This was a time that you could spot FBI guys photographing the crowd for Nixon

Of course it might be something completely different

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Mariachi Band

I love Mariachi music. This photo was taken in "Old Town" in San Diego, probably in 1970

These transparencies were scanned using a Epson Perfection V500 photo scanner
Resolution set to 400 DPI
Target Size 4 x 6 Inches (2399 X 1599 Pixels)
JPEG Compression at 15% (High Quality)
DIGITAL ICE Technology

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Daily Photos - Red Trucks

Digital photo at Coll's Farmstand
Seemed appropriate to add this to this post 
Always fun to find broken down vehicles in the woods and see how nature prevails
Analog photo taken somewhere in British Columbia
This slide is decades old and the Kodachrome colors are still vibrant

So true!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Daily Analog Photos - #Caturday

When we lived in Leominster we had a white and black cat. Sadly I think this guy was deaf.
He was struck by a car

Cute isn't he?

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and have a Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Daily Analog Photo -Where was I?

A daily analog photo offering:

Don't know where or when I was when I took this photo
I'm a big fan of stringed instruments and there are plenty here

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving - Daily Analog Photo (Tennessee 1969)

I was in Avionics school in 1969 in Tennessee. During my 4 years in the Navy I managed to get home on leave for Christmas but not Thanksgiving. In Tennessee I traveled with a shipmate and shared a nice Thanksgiving dinner with his family in Arkansas, including a very interesting visit to Cummins State Farm  (his dad was a cook for the Prison).

My first SLR, an East German Praktica with a cheap 28mm wide angle lens
The car is a vintage Jaguar of a shipmate (from New Orleans)
That was a fun car to bomb around with, much preferable to riding the Navy bus into Memphis

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Driftwood

One thing that impressed a New Englander about the Pacific Northwest is the amount of wood on the beach
It seems likely that with a chainsaw and a strong back you could build a house and heat it for free

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - "Twist and Turn, Crash and Burn"

Aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard watching a Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight. The HC-3 "Pack Rats" flew these out of  Ream Field in Imperial Beach, CA. Our squadron HC-1 "Fleet Angels" flew the much smaller Kaman UH-2.

Fun Fact: Kaman Industries (builder of the UH-2 was located in Connecticut and also created the Ovation Guitar line.

I'm standing near our helo looking at the Sea Knight
I've ridden in one of these and they are noisy and uncomfortable

These transparencies were scanned using a Epson Perfection V500 photo scanner
Resolution set to 400 DPI
Target Size 4 x 6 Inches (2399 X 1599 Pixels)
JPEG Compression at 15% (High Quality)
DIGITAL ICE Technology

Monday, November 25, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Beautiful BC

Rain and Mist

These transparencies were scanned using a Epson Perfection V500 photo scanner
Resolution set to 400 DPI
Target Size 4 x 6 Inches (2399 X 1599 Pixels)
JPEG Compression at 15% (High Quality)
DIGITAL ICE Technology

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - China 1985

More scanned photos from 1985. These were probably taken in (or nearby) Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province.

If I had to take this shot again, I would have done it in landscape mode
The tree on the left should have been completely in the shot, it would have framed it nicely

When I arrived in Wuhan in 1985 there were very few westerners even thought the city has a population of over 10 million. Wherever I went I gathered a crowd of curious (but friendly) people. I was told by the folks I was traveling with that I would be treated like a zoo animal. It was a strange experience. These kids were cute, smile and they smile back.
I only scared one child who told her mom that I was a Gweilo.

These transparencies were scanned using a Epson Perfection V500 photo scanner
Resolution set to 400 DPI
Target Size 4 x 6 Inches (2399 X 1599 Pixels)
JPEG Compression at 15% (High Quality)
DIGITAL ICE Technology

Friday, November 22, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Great Outdoors

This is a damaged slide. It was vastly underexposed and the colors had faded terribly.
I experimented with converting it to Back and White and softening the focus
The ICE scanning left strange geometric patterns in the details which can be seen in high magnification.

I'm fairly certain that this was taken in the Olympic National Park in Washington. I was intrigued by the quality of the light filtering onto the path. Sadly I have so few photo from this visit. A definite destination to visit again.

Another mystery for me. This may have been a trail in Glacier National Park.
Our National Park Service is wonderful. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Where am I?

I came across this photo in my slide collection and I have absolutely no idea where it is. I'm guessing somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

Since I'm not a backpacker, it must have been a short hike from a parking lot, meaning this is probably at a national (or provincial) national park. It would be nice to go again.

I don't miss film photography. I really like the EXIF data that is included on each digital shot. Where and when photos are taken!

I don't know where but it would be nice to see it again

These transparencies were scanned using a Epson Perfection V500 photo scanner
Resolution set to 400 DPI
Target Size 4 x 6 Inches (2399 X 1599 Pixels)
JPEG Compression at 15% (High Quality)
DIGITAL ICE Technology

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Rolling on the River

In 1968 stationed nearby Memphis Tennessee I realized I had to take a ride on the mighty Mississippi. I only have one photo from that excursion but it is a favorite.

1969 Memphis Tenn

Monday, November 18, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Wide Open Spaces

This is one of my favorite "wide open spaces" photos. Because I am scanning some of these for the second time with different equipment, I decided to include the original scan. I wish I had taken some notes about where this photo was taken. I can only verify that it was taken in 1972. I finished my Navy service in 1972 in California and traveled East back to Connecticut, traveling through most of the Northern States, clicking away along the trip.

In an idea world I would scan all my photos at the maximum resolution and save them in TIFF uncompressed  format. However file size has become an issue as I move up to the physical limit size of this hard drive. The second photo is over 7 times bigger than the first and has slightly smaller dimensions.

Compression means a loss of data usually seen as a softness of details. Still these files demonstrate how a flatbed scanner can match the quality of a dedicated slide only scanner.

And for me the chance to think that I was at this spot in 1972.

My most recent scan with the Epson scanner using ICE
This file was scanned to a JPEG file to save a bit on storage space at the expense of using compression
This file is 616 KB in size although rendered smaller for this blog

The original scan of the slide with a dedicated slide scanner
A Pustek OpticFilm 7500i
I didn't use ICE and in a larger view the dust is clearly visible. This slide was rendered as a lossless TIFF.
The TIFF file is 7.06 MB, more than 7 times the JPEG file

These transparencies were scanned using a Epson Perfection V500 photo scanner
Resolution set to 400 DPI
Target Size 4 x 6 Inches (2399 X 1599 Pixels)
JPEG Compression at 15% (High Quality)
DIGITAL ICE Technology