Photography in my genes

» Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in Digital Photography | 0 comments

Sorry – for the numerous people who follow my blog, it’s been a bit longer than planned. But that’s just life getting in the way. If I can someday “think it” to paper, (actually to keyboard), then we’ll get more than one or two blog posts per day. Lookout.

So – when moving around some items in storage in our basement during a recent home repair, I happened upon a box of metal boxes of some of my Dad’s old 35 mm slides. I knew I had them somewhere. They are from 1952-1970ish. I had every intention in the past years to invest in a Nikon CoolScan and go crazy. Somehow, especially now with my photography business going full tilt, I never found an extra $1000+ lying around (who does?). Since the time of lugging those metal boxes of 35mm slides home from my parent’s basement to mine, there have been great advancements, not just in technology, but in the pricing offered to HIRE someone to do the scanning for you. I can’t imagine, with each metal box containing about 500, that if I were doing it myself I would feel compelled to do each and every slide for preservations sake. However, fearing the task of scanning slides = all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy – I searched around enough to find that my local Costco had the best price for scanning slides to DVD. In fact their prices, in quantity, beat, for example, my local CVS by about $100. I mentioned this to the manager at the CVS when he offered to answer any questions. When I told him of the price difference, he said ‘well, don’t you have to pay a yearly membership fee to belong there?”

Well – yes, I do. But that membership of $40/year, in my calculations, pays for itself time and time again in deals I find including gas prices, printer ink, etc. So, with provided little slide boxes in hand, I turned in a ton of slides to be scanned, only to be given an unexpected additional $10 off my order. The sheer number of people I can give this to as a gift is worth the nominal price in joy I will get in giving it.

Funny, though, I will be interested when I see my Dad at Christmastime, to ask about some of the photos I’ve previewed before having them scanned. Seems he would have thrived in the digital world. I opted not to pay to have every flower, bush, scene or firework he tried to photograph printed. But I’m all the wiser for knowing where I get my obsession for capturing everything on film. I will say I made any photo containing a person a priority. Then anything establishing a time period, such as a scene of people in public, or a car(s). There were a few pics of old TOYS. They were new then, Christmas gifts. I actually remember some of them, they were my brother’s. I may go back and add those later.

I don’t ever remember my mother holding a camera in her hands until my Dad grew older and stopped taking photos. That was only about 3 or 4 years ago (he’s 86 now). So, it was him who always had the camera around his neck. A question I’ll ask was, ‘wasn’t there a time when you would walk around with a camera in which you were using film for prints, and an additional one for having slides made?’ I can clearly recall the sound, smell and the light in the room when my Dad would set up his slide projector on the metal food tv-tray and line it up with his screen. While we waited, I would play weather girl, taking a retractable pointing stick from his briefcase he had from his drawing board at work. (maybe playing around like that led my to my fun career in broadcasting for many years?).

I don’t recall if the slides we sat around to view were recently developed, or if we looked at slides from many years prior. But it was fun to me regardless. I wonder what others thought. There are always jokes made about home movies and the torture of sitting through someone else’s. But I’m always game. Invite me over.

Several years ago, my cousin made a CD or DVD for everyone (same as I’m doing), and there was no better gift that year. It was so amazing to go through all those photos. I can’t wait to give her this DVD, there are at least 8-10 from her parent’s wedding, both of whom left this earth way too young. The best photo of all was her oldest sister, sitting on the bed with one of those cap/hair dryers on her head, fully inflated. She looked like she was trying to connect with planet Xenon or something. Hilarious, priceless photo.

Currently, I’m frustrating the heck out of my dear husband by filling up hard drives. (I haven’t even been shooting in RAW). I’m doing better at deleting the bad/fuzzy photos. ┬áHe is a blessing, though, by being the behind the scenes technical guru (I’m one too, but my artsy outweighs my geek, I think? But he’s artsy too. What a great match we are!). He’s set up the online backup of Carbonite to have just one more place to store my precious photos. Next I have to dig out my wedding photo negatives that the studio gave me when they went out of business and have them scanned to a DVD. So much to do, so little storage space. (Not really).

It seems like each family has a designated photographer. Clearly, I’m it for ours. Although my oldest child has asked for their own camera for Christmas. I’m thinking maybe instead, for his birthday? However, if I do more weddings, it would be nice to have him as a 2nd shooter. He truly has an eye for it. Plus, I need to pass the gene down to at least one of my kids, right?