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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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


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Plenty of Elbow Room

I'm used to the the rolling hills and trees of New England. When I traveled through the west in the 1970s I was amazed at the vastness of some of the areas out west. I didn't take notes about the photos I took on our cross county trek but I'm guessing these were taken in either Montana or Wyoming. If you don't like crowds it doesn't getting better than this.

A bad place to run out of gas

Vast

The road less traveled

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 15, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Hong Kong Signs

I was fortunate enough to travel around a bit in Hong Kong during my Navy tour. A few photos from 1970.

I walked by a photo shoot at exactly the right time.
I wouldn't recommend being barefoot.

No view of the sky

In the 1970s, the exchange rate was quite favorable for US Servicemen
I loaded up on a telephoto and wide angle lens for my Nikkormat
Not one inch of real estate goes without advertising

More signage. Somewhere I have some coasters from the Waltzing Matilda Inn

Didn't know Susie Wong had her own club

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


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Looking through the glass

In the late 1960s I saved my money to get my first SLR, an East German Praktica fitted with a f2.8 Carl Zeiss lens. The workmanship was a bit shoddy, fairly typical of the Soviet Bloc nations, but the lens was of high quality.

Up to this point I was only familiar with rudimentary cameras that would have very few adjustments. I made handwritten notes on this slide that I shot it at 1/30 second with an aperture setting of f2.8. EVERYTHING on this camera needed to be set. Lining up the split circles for focus, setting aperture and shutter speed. Do I miss this? NO!

The true magic that hooked me was seeing the image on the ground glass knowing that the film would see the same when the mirror flipped up. This was probably the photo that hooked me on photography. Now, 45 years later I find myself looking at display of what is coming through the glass. So much has changed but my love of this art has not diminished.

Probably one of my first photos taken with a SLR
I made a note on the slides 1/30 sec at f/2.8
No auto white balance on film, you used filters

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


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Maine and Prince Edward Island

Abandoned Shack - Prince Edward Island (I think)

Small Fishing Cove in Maine (I think)
It's hard to keep track after 40 years

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 12, 2013

Analog Photos of the Day - Friendly Cove

Some scanned photos from 1972. Epson Perfection V500.

Friendly Cove (cabins now exist back near the tree line)

Path from Cove to church

Gravesite on Nootka Island

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Daily Analog Photo - Oregon Coast

I've been rescanning a mountain of 35mm slides using Digital ICE technology to clean up dust and scratches. Many of these slides are over 40 years old. This also gives me an opportunity to do a better job of adding tags, labels, GPS information and other metadata. I'll try to share a photo a day on this blog.

I believe this is the Oregon coast, a beautiful place. I was stationed in Ream Field in Imperial Beach during the 1970s
and had the opportunity to drive the entire west coast.