My wife’s uncle is 93 and has had to move into managed care because his health is failing. He’s been disabled by multiple strokes and his eyesight is now limited. He was a very active photographer, but is no longer able to pursue the hobby. We’re cleaning their home out so it can be sold and I’ve been finding prints, slides, and negatives stashed everywhere. I collected them all and brought them home.
My new Epson Perfection V600 scanner arrived yesterday and I’ve gotten a start on digitizing the slides. They go as far back as 1961 so far. There’s so much to do that I’m not doing any colour correction or dust spotting. How they come in off the scanner is how they’re staying (Roy had a habit of shooting slide film without adding a corrective colour filter so most have a strong colour cast). I’m putting them all here:
(Clicking the above image takes you to the Flickr account.)
Here’s the cool thing about the Net: Now all the family can share in them and download the ones they want for themselves if there are pictures that have meaning to them. I just feel good because I’m not disrespecting a fellow photographer by tossing his life’s work in the trash.
Cool project. Sounds like a lot of work.
There are 27 shoe boxes crammed full of negatives. I think there are several thousand slides. I have no idea how many prints other than there are file boxes full.
Very cool! I love that you’re doing that. It will be priceless
That’s a wonderful thing to do. You are in a way immortalizing him through his work. Quite an honorable undertaking.
This is big news and you’ve been writing about biting ankles!
Just scanned slide no. 600 and still going strong.
Very cool saving these and digitizing. I find it interseting seeing pictures like that from another country. Everything is the same but different! It’s like living in another country!
What’s funny is that I’m finding the images I cherish most are the misfires and mistakes that didn’t turn out. They’ve got their own charm.
I just passed the 1,300 image mark. Feels like I’ve barely made a dent in the pile.
Edit: It’s my wife’s job to rotate the upside-down photos, etc. I just scan 'em in.
lol. just realized the joke there with the upside down image in the preview. lol. Somebody gonna get a pay cut.
I’m scanning 50-100 images per day. She can rotate a few images.
Thats what I meant. She gonna get a pay cut for not getting the job done. Was just teasing.
oh you mean rotating after the fact? I thought you meant before scanned. Whoopsi on my understanding there.
Edit: I thought you were saying it was her job to rotate them before putting them into the scanner, hence I thought you were joking about images being upside down anyway.
The scanner software is supposed to auto orient the images, but it fails hard at it. Not the end of the world.