For years I had wanted to get the slides digitized. But the equipment to do it was very expensive and slow. Services are out there to do it, but even at $0.25 each image that would have cost hundreds of dollars.
|Some of the 1,725 35 mm slides I have scanned so far.|
|My scanner without a scanner set up. Total nerd-shot.|
Here are a couple examples from this process:
|Trevi at Night.|
|Uncropped Sistine Chapel|
Over four months, doing a few sleeves a weekend on average, I was able to scan 1,725 images that previously had been dormant. Not only the memorable shots that I would pull out from the masses, but the more subtle slides that may not have looked as desirable from just holding the slide up to the light. Because I scanned all my slides, my efforts revealed some images I may have never really seen again. And of course, those slides I used my contraption to scan were improved by the use of the Epson.
|Improved Trevi at Night Scan. Much sharper focus.|
|Improved Sistine Scan. Much improved color rendering. I am hoping the new Pope will forgive me for snapping this.|
|While in Pisa, this is not the typical shot, but I think this one turned out really well.|
|Not exactly a shot for over the fireplace, but I like it none the less.|
It may seem like an obvious statement, but architects tend to take photos of buildings. And boy did I. But after sorting through all those photos, some of my favorites are of people. Some I knew, others, like the cobblestone guy, I did not.
|Artichoke Man is one of my favorites.|
|A couple of classmates of ours, resting in front of Santa Croce in Florence.|
I had a lot wrapped into my slides. And as time went on, they became a record of the travels with my wife and our friends. Though it was a lot of work, I feel extremely accomplished in getting all these into a format that is useful. It will be a lot easier to do a slide show in PowerPoint than changing out all those slide carousels for a projector show...