Friday, April 11, 2014

More 4x5'n

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Here are some pictures of the 4x5 slides I shot of Cascade Falls and such last week. I was glad to see they weren't completely terrible!



For one thing, the shutter's slowest speed is one second, so I was making exposures using the Bulb and Time settings of 4 seconds to 10 seconds and counting, "one one-thousand, two one-thousand," etc. since I didn't even have a watch with me.




Maybe it's because I used to shoot 35mm color slides and have feelings about it that go way back, but it just feels magical to get these nice big transparencies in the mail, to put them on the light table and view them from corner to corner with a 10X loupe while muttering "Wow!" to myself. 

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6 comments:

  1. I love these! Especially the real edges, not the fake instagram ones. 4x5 is huge for film, no? Last year while cleaning my mother-in-laws house for sale, I got a little sad all her carousels of slides were just going to be stored and forgotten.

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    1. Thanks! I recently read that enlarging a 35mm slide to an 11x14 print is about the equivalent of enlarging a 4x5 slide to a 30x40 print. Someone's got to go through those slides and do something with them! Pick a couple hundred to scan and print in a Blurb book!

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    2. Yeah, there were some fantastic candids in there as well as lots of WA flowers. But, who has the time? Unfortunately, it's not my family history or memories, and her kids seem to have no interest.

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    3. That's the trick, for sure -- to have someone in the family who's into preserving stuff for future generations. I've recently done a lot of archiving for folks at work who retired, and we're looking at archiving some of my father's trove. It's great to have those connections to previous generations, to look at an old picture of someone in your family lineage you never even met. It can be a lot of work, though.

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    4. I've noticed the archived St. Mary's slides on CalPhotos are really dark. Do you get better results? Eh, we could probably hire someone, but I'm not kidding that no one in the family is interested in even looking at the pics. I was the only one who thought they were cool.

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    5. I'm not sure why they're dark. It's not the fault of modern scanners. But if the slide is dark, the scan will be too. I never figure I'm doing something for everyone, but for the few who will get something out of it. Like blogging. :)

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