I hope both your coffee and your day is a great one.
It has been a while since I attended a Balloon Festival, the High River International Balloon Festival is Scheduled for September 23 – 27th this year. There is lots of information available on their website if you are in the area, it is a great event to attend.
I had taken this image a few years ago, on Kodachrome slide film, the film type might just give a few of the readers an idea of just how long ago it was taken, the film has not been around for a long time!
This weekend I put the scanner to work, scanning a few of my old slides. It is a time-consuming process, especially when I find a lovely old image and I have to stop to process it, to get the best out of it! With this image I used Photoshop, Camera Raw, to crop out some distracting elements around the edges, then I added a little vibrancy, and contrast. I used the spot removal on a few spots that needed cleaning up. From there I used Color Efex Pro, cool glow for the final image.
So much to learn about scanning, so many memories to revisit! Let me know if you have any good advise about scanning old film.
I have not had a lot of time for photography! After a year of photography, travelling and blogging, it feels a little strange to be so far away from some of the things that have been a major part of my life for so long. But returning to Calgary, returning to full-time employment, getting back into our home, and unpacking our lives from the storage locker has left little time for creative ventures! Adjusting to a normal life back home has been time-consuming to say the lease! I am happy to say that things are returning to normal and a routine is developing, so I am hoping to get back to more photography, photography related activities and possibly sharing some of that on the blog.
Before we left on our year-long adventure I had packed up all the old photos, slides, and negatives, it took more than two large Rubbermaid bins to hold all the photos, film and memories. Not many of the photos would win gold in a photo competition, but they do bring a smile to my face, and are pure gold on the “wonderful memory” scale. Isn’t that the reason most photos are taken?!
I wasn’t keen on keeping these large Rubbermaid bins, full of memories that are not tagged or catalogued, so I purchased a new scanner, and just this weekend I spent an hour setting up the scanner and scanning one sheet of old negatives, like the Grinch at Christmas, my heart grew 10x it’s size as I viewed the old pictures.
Starting in September I will spend a little time each week, going through the old photos and film, and maybe even sharing some of those memories on the blog. I hope you are having a great summer, and that you have found something that brings a smile to your face.
This world is but a canvas to our imagination. Henry David Thoreau
our world in Calgary is a little wet today! I hope you enjoy the rain!
Working a regular day job, following the same routine everyday can numb the creativity, well at least for me!
The routine, walking the same way to work, seeing the same things, the same people, coming home at the same time everyday, all the sameness (if that is a word) and I seem to stop looking and celebrating the beauty and special moments of my day. Then there are the times when I do see something, I mean really see it, take notice, I rarely have my camera with me.
This image was taken while I was standing in a co-worker’s office, I had gone in with a question, noticed the light reflecting from our building onto the building next door. I was determined not to let the image pass, I pulled out my iphone and snapped the image. I love how the circles of light contrast the hard lines and squares of the building next door to us.
I have been taking a lot more Iphone photos. you can find me on instagram, it has been the easiest way to keep me connected to my photography, and the beauty I find during the day while working full time at a regular day job!
Do you carry a camera with you all the time, if so what camera?
“Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important, capture the good times. Develop the negatives and if something doesn’t work out for you, take another shot” – Unknown
“let our solitude be washed away by water and let our emptiness be filled with love” Water Poon
One of the beautiful fountains of the Alhambra in Granada Spain reminds me of the beautiful words of Water Poon. My weekend was filled with love, thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes.