film vs. flatbed scanners

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Mike - EMAIL IGNORED, Apr 7, 2006.


    Scott W Guest

    A lot of what I have learned looking through his photographs is that
    people often miss photographing the common place around them. Both my
    parents are still alive and so I asked them about this. My father build
    the first house my parents lived in, and yet he did not get a single
    photo of the house either was he was building it or after. Thinking
    back on it my parents are amazed that they did not think to photograph
    that house even once.

    There are virtually no photographs of the house I grew up in, nor the
    yard we played in as kid.

    Of the old junker cars that my parent drove when I was growing up there
    are no photos. The street we grew up on, none.

    Mostly he took photos of people and vacations but he missed the mundane
    things that at the time did not seem worthy of a photograph but now
    would be worth far more then the vacation photos.

    I have taken care of their current house by photographing it inside and
    out. At this point in time the photos hold no real value but in 20
    years when they are gone and their grandkids want to look back at their
    grandparents home the photos will have great value.

    BTW they have had a digital camera now for the last 6 years and for
    whatever reason are doing much better at getting the kind of
    photographs that I wish they had taken 50 years ago.


    Scott W, Apr 13, 2006
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  2. My family pix are like that too, people tend to photograph the
    good times, and when you are living it, that old junker that you
    worry about getting there in is more of the kind of thing you want
    to hide, although the kids may think it is the coolest thing on
    earth. (Mom had a '53 chrysler I don't have pictures, but I loved
    that car). And the mundane street you see evey day seems like it
    will always stay the same. :)

    Good lesson to learn, because everything changes so quick.
    Rusty Shakleford, Apr 14, 2006
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  3. I think that's because the digitals are a lot faster than the film they had
    50 years ago. It was hard to take inside pictures then because the flash
    bulbs they had were painful to use, and the film was way too slow to be used
    indoors without a flash.
    William Graham, Apr 14, 2006

    Scott W Guest

    My dad had a flash gun that was huge, you could warm yourself with it.
    I don't know how many watt seconds it was but it was a lot.

    Of course you could not see for a minute or two after it went off.

    Scott W, Apr 14, 2006
  5. I loved the big bulbs the press cameras used....And they were way too hot to
    touch for several minutes after they went off, so they had spring loaded
    releases for them, and this red hot thingie would pop up in the air into the
    crowd of onlookers...... This was the real reason why the press guys
    commanded such respect....:^)
    William Graham, Apr 14, 2006

    Peter Chant Guest

    William Graham wrote:

    I always try to save an original unadjusted scan so it is easy to go back
    later and re-do.
    Peter Chant, Apr 14, 2006
  7. Yes. - the problem with that is, or course, the huge amount of storage space
    it takes. If I don't save with JPEG compression, we are talking about 20 meg
    file sizes and up. But, I guess I could just burn them onto CD's. At 600
    megabytes a CD, I could save 30 or so images on a CD, which isn't too
    William Graham, Apr 14, 2006

    Peter Chant Guest

    William Graham wrote:

    Are you sure, I gave up CD back ups long ago

    /home/pete/photos contains 6799 files, 249 sub directories and takes up 42
    GB. Hmm, more than 43 cd's worth. Eek.

    Must find a way of spanning these across DVD some time. Are backed up to
    another drive.
    Peter Chant, Apr 21, 2006

    Gordon Moat Guest

    Or you could just get your own server to store all that. After compiling
    lots of data, it might make economic sense to look into that.
    Gordon Moat, Apr 21, 2006
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    Unlike "backup" software, the resulting disks are plain ordinary
    disks, needing no special software to read. It won't split files
    across disks, which makes it useless for general-purpose backup
    (database, sound, and video files at least get so big that you HAVE TO
    be able to split them), but for picture archiving onto DVDs that's not
    a problem.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Apr 21, 2006
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Gordon Moat wrote:

    Well, I do use a Linksys NSLU2, a network attached storage device with a
    300GB disk attached to it. It backs up daily.

    However, it would be nice to take the odd snapshot (no pun intended) of the
    data directory.
    Peter Chant, Apr 24, 2006
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