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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Grandpa, Salida Park, 1980


I took about a dozen trays of 35mm slides home with me from Arkansas. These date all the way back to the mid-70’s.

I purchased a flatbed scanner with a slide attachment last night and tonight got around to trying the scanner. The film seems to be deteriorating. The clarity has suffered, the color seems to have shifted heavily toward red, and, of course, there are a good number of marks and scratches. This is the first one that I scanned and saved, so I’m still in the learning stage, but I’m worried that some of the older slides might be beyond saving.

I worked the curves on this to reduce red and introduce a bit more blue back into the mix and I’m reasonably happy with the results. It is still far too red in some areas, though, and I’ll need to establish a decent workflow if I want these to be done before 2012.

Still, I like this picture. It was likely taken by my grandmother (or perhaps my Uncle Billy) and my grandpa is seen walking their little poodle. Sadly, they are all gone and no one is there to tell me about this trip. He passed away back in 2005 and I still miss him.

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I think no matter what this pics look the memory they keep is invaluable for you and for many other people having such photos of their relatives and friends who have passed away. Photos are real investments in memory, as they say.

on Dec 30 2010 @ 09:42 AM

Absolutely right.

on Dec 30 2010 @ 10:05 AM

For workflow, I think I’d probably use Lightroom.  It’s set up for non-destructive batch correction plus tweaking and if you have issues that can’t be resolved, you can always open in PS.

FWIW, I use a Bridge/PS workflow at work, but at home I use mostly Lightroom with only the occasional foray into PS for the really hard stuff.

on Dec 31 2010 @ 08:52 PM

The part that is taking the most time is actually the scanning. It takes, give or take, about eight minutes each and I have something around 800 slides. I could go with a lower resolution, but I like the idea of having them at a good, high resolution for future use.

If I need to actually clean each slide before scanning, that per slide time goes up considerably. This is going to be a long-term project.

on Jan 02 2011 @ 01:55 PM

What a great picture! Are these old Kodachrome slides? To my eyes, no 20 megapixel digital photograph will ever compare to the warmth, texture, and vibrancy of an old film slide. I think you’re making the right decision to take the time to make higher resolution scans. Once the job is done, you’ll be glad you did. I’m sorry about the loss of your family members but I’m happy you have these photographs to cherish. I never knew either of my grandfathers and don’t have any photographs of them. I wish I could have known what they looked like.....

on Jan 04 2011 @ 05:39 PM

I adore this picture.

I agree that it’s worth the extra time to get them up in high resolution. Hey, will you email me the original? I’d like to see what magic I can work on it.

on Jan 08 2011 @ 07:02 PM
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