Most of you probably know that photography is a hobby for me, and perhaps you’ve noticed I’ve been a little quiet with posting photos. I haven’t been taking too many photos lately, but I have been keeping busy with photography. Over most of March I scanned slides for my grandma. (I only have one grandparent left and she’s especially dear to me (and to Meg as well.)) Before Christmas I decided I wanted to organize my photos and slides. As I thought about what that would take I also thought it would be fun and helpful to help organize photos for other members of the family. So I suggested to my parents and Meg’s mom, that we split the cost of a new photo scanner and I would start to scan slides and photos for family. Both contributed funds for the project but as of yet have been behind on supplying the items to scan.
My grandma however was quick to offer up a number of slides. I gladly accepted and waited for her to drop them off. When I got them I realized several things. 1. She had more than I anticipated and 2. They weren’t 35mm slides. The first just took a little getting used to, but was easily overcome. The second had me a bit worried. The scanner I purchased had a guide that you put the slides in that positioned them for easy scanning. These slides were mostly square images. Using the guide would have cut off part of the image. So I simply laid the images on the glass as seen here
So this is the way I ended up scanning them. 20 slides at a time, for all 1447 slides. Luckily for me of the 50 minutes per 20 slides I only needed to be active for about 10 and then I could walk away for 40. I loved seeing the past of my family, and it didn’t really bother me that I was only in 20-some photos. After they were all scanned into the computer, I used picassa to “edit” as much as I can. I did my best with every photo. I realize now that for some reason I didn’t remove the red-eye until probably about half way through the editing, I’m not sure why. At some point I’ll go back and fix that. I did spend a fair amount of time cropping / straightening / adjusting color correction / making them lighter / adding contrast / and retouching any dust specs I missed in vital areas.
All told from getting the slides to having them all uploaded to flickr, it took me about 100 hours. Now all the slides are in boxes shown below and both the raw and edited photos are on a mini-hard drive. Also all the edited photos are on Flickr. (let me know if you want the link.) As the summer progresses I’m sure my grandma will get titles and names on the photos so we can share with the family better, but for now enjoy just a couple of my favorites.