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Old Kodachrome resurfacing

September 24, 2009

So one of the things I have been working at is scanning old pictures.  This all started a couple years ago when my mother was living with us and I realized we wouldn’t have her around forever.  I knew then that I should start scanning old pictures and making all the notes of names to go with faces that she knew.  Because once she was gone the names would be a mystery.  So unfortunately for me I have been scanning lots more pictures mostly because our family has lost some cherished loved ones and as we go through their stuff we find old pictures.

Maine Trip 1988 - Kodachrome SlideWell it got me thinking about my own old pictures…mostly old Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides.  I’ve always taken a lot of pictures ever since I owned my own camera and slides were about all I could afford from about age 14 to 25.  Not very gratifying for filling a photo album or showing with your slide projector that you don’t even own.  But nonetheless — a chance to capture that moment on film.

So I pulled out a tray of old Kodachrome slides and tried scanning a couple just to see how the quality is.  I am enjoying having my photos on Smugmug more than I could have ever imagined — 5 years and counting!  Maybe it’s time to turn some of these old slides into a Smugmug Gallery and print a couple of coffee table books!

I just thought I would post one of my early finds… it was from a trip to Maine in 1988 but it kinda looks to me like it was taken on the way home near the Delaware/Pennsylvania area where there’s a river and some waterfalls.  I’m kinda happy with the picture — sadly I don’t really remember taking it — but know it’s mine!

Can’t wait to see other treasures hiding in my slide trays…Enjoy!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2009 4:31 am

    Very good idea. Enjoyed this.

  2. September 24, 2009 4:11 pm

    Hey, how are you scanning these? What dpi are you using? Any suggestions on the best way to go about it?

    • September 24, 2009 4:29 pm

      I’m using my HP flatbed scanjet 4850 and it has a little channel in the lid of it, 300 or 600 dpi depending on how much I like the picture. Can do 3 to 4 at one time. Very Time Consuming. I did see a little machine in the Costco book I’m thinking about – read the specs about it. – It’s $20 bucks off till 9/30 –wanna split it?

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        September 24, 2009 8:07 pm

        I think you should get it! I’ll split it with you. 😉

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