Into the Canyons.

Into the Canyons.

~ Photo Series ~ Nahannni – River of Quest and Legend ~

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered with failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight than knows neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

~~ About the photos. ~~

Today, I want to speak about the process I used to convert my 35mm slides to digital.

I bought my Canon slide scanner about 12 years ago. Over time, I of course upgraded to a new computer. Eventually, new computers stopped coming with SCSI connectors. So for quite a few years, my slide scanner sat around unused. So my choice was to either buy a new slide scanner, or to somehow find a way to connect my old slide scanner for my new computer. Canon, however, was not very helpful in this process. The official position of Canon was that for this scanner, they do not support Macintosh OS X., and they do not support third-party solutions to connect SCSI devices via USB or FireWire. Thanks Canon. Very helpful indeed.

I finally found a device that claimed the capability of allowing SCSI devices to connect to FireWire. Thankfully, it made my slide scanner useful again.

Although I tried to protect my 35mm slides, things happened over the years. No matter how hard you try, slides always seem to collect dust. Removing dust is always a hassle. You think you have done a good job cleaning, and scan the slide, only to find more dust. So, I often had to repeat the process. Sometimes, the dust refused to budge. And then, even stored away from the sun, some slides seems to have undergone some color shifts, requiring more work.

Luckily, these days there are numerous ways to clean up photos post processing, although many of them are still time-consuming. I was able to brighten up some photos that were too dark, like the one seen here. I was able to straighten and re-crop photos to my liking. So much so that some photos that were only borderline acceptable before are now some of my favorite photos of this trip. Boy, I just love digital post-processing.

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Posted by Matt. Create. on 2010-06-09 08:03:11

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