From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

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OlyChamp
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From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

Short story. These images have been lovingly transferred from Slides to digital by my daughter. They are from her Great Aunties (Aunty Elva and Aunty Mura) cameras on their annual travels to far flung destinations around the world. Aunty Elva is her blood aunty, Aunty Mura was her lesbian and lover and close family friend. They first met in 1946 as seamstresses at the same clothing shop and soon formed a life long bond, and as part of their union, they saved all their money to travel and take slides.

Regrettably Aunty Mura passed on in 1998 aged in her late seventies (no one was ever too sure of her birth date) and now Aunty Elva is in a rest home suffering dementia. Their legacy is over 5000 slides of this planet from the late 40's to their last trip to the Himalayas in 1998, before she died. My daughter has been gifted the slides which she is turning into digital format for prosperity, a tall task, but one made easier with the purchase of a slide compositor. The unfortunate thing for my daughter is that she is having trouble naming a lot of the slides, but many are labelled. Some regrettably haven't preserved well, but most are in pristine condition.

I think most of these were taken in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Herat. Dates unsure.

And as we speak I have tasked my daughter to find out what make of cameras they used, if Aunty Elva can remember. I seem to recall a Leica and possibly an early Oly.

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In between the Hour Glass
and the lens of a secondhand camera
a dog barks orders to troops
lining a battlefield
of posies and poppy,

the diecast setting of a model
standing aloft, aloof
the rain pelting an icy tin roof
suggests the shutterspeed needs to be fast
to capture the enemy.

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OlyChamp
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Re: From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

I should have added. Why am I sharing these in Oly Talk Forum? Simply because of the quality of the Slides in photographic terms. If you zoom on the respective slides you get an idea as to how good they were as photographers and archivists. And remember these were 35mm slide film SLR cameras. I think personally the quality stands up there with modern digital camera's and in some instances they are better.

Thanks

Thane

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In between the Hour Glass
and the lens of a secondhand camera
a dog barks orders to troops
lining a battlefield
of posies and poppy,

the diecast setting of a model
standing aloft, aloof
the rain pelting an icy tin roof
suggests the shutterspeed needs to be fast
to capture the enemy.

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Lois Ann Forum Pro • Posts: 10,915
Re: From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

How did your daughter digitize these? I have about 8,000 slides, not all of which are worth transferring to digital, but scanning them has not yielded very consistent, or good, results. They were taken with Minolta and Canon SLR cameras.

These are excellent, especially the second one. Love the truck in the eighth one.
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OlyChamp
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Re: From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

Thanks Lois. She is using a specialist slide viewer (see link below) that captures 3 slides at a time and holds 12 slides in memory before transferring to PC.

http://www.jaycar.co.nz/productView.asp?ID=XC4881&keywords=xc-4881&form=KEYWORD

Thane

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In between the Hour Glass
and the lens of a secondhand camera
a dog barks orders to troops
lining a battlefield
of posies and poppy,

the diecast setting of a model
standing aloft, aloof
the rain pelting an icy tin roof
suggests the shutterspeed needs to be fast
to capture the enemy.

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John Byrne Veteran Member • Posts: 7,139
Re: From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

These are good Thane and do an excellent job of photographic journalism. The two women were very competent photographers, I bet they had some great stories to tell of their journeys together way back when.
Cheers mate,
John.

OlyChamp
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Re: From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

We always used to have a slide party at their place after they came back from their recent trip, and we'd get to see what they saw. All night affairs mostly, lol. Now my daughter gets to travel the world without leaving the comfort of her PC.

Thanks John.

Thane

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In between the Hour Glass
and the lens of a secondhand camera
a dog barks orders to troops
lining a battlefield
of posies and poppy,

the diecast setting of a model
standing aloft, aloof
the rain pelting an icy tin roof
suggests the shutterspeed needs to be fast
to capture the enemy.

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RichardR Forum Pro • Posts: 18,265
Re: From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

Outstanding images from your aunt's travels. She was a fine photographer and these are worthy of preservation as part of her legacy to your family.

Thanks for sharing,

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Zindanfel
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Re: From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

Thanks for opening these pages to the past. Every image is a tantalizing suggestion of more views that could be shot in the same place. Ensuring the preservation of these pictures is a way to spend days with the Aunties, even though they're gone.

Good project.
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Re: From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

Great set -really drag in, really love the tonal quality of them

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OlyChamp
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Re: From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

Thanks Dick and we agree. Legacy is a big word worthy of constructing.

Thane

RichardR wrote:

Outstanding images from your aunt's travels. She was a fine photographer and these are worthy of preservation as part of her legacy to your family.

Thanks for sharing,

Dick
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In between the Hour Glass
and the lens of a secondhand camera
a dog barks orders to troops
lining a battlefield
of posies and poppy,

the diecast setting of a model
standing aloft, aloof
the rain pelting an icy tin roof
suggests the shutterspeed needs to be fast
to capture the enemy.

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OlyChamp
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Re: From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

Cheers Zin. I hope that my daughter gives us all a copy of the final product. I have always loved their photojournalistic approach to snapping (you rarely see either of them in their photos).

Thane

Zindanfel wrote:

Thanks for opening these pages to the past. Every image is a tantalizing suggestion of more views that could be shot in the same place. Ensuring the preservation of these pictures is a way to spend days with the Aunties, even though they're gone.

Good project.
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Zin

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In between the Hour Glass
and the lens of a secondhand camera
a dog barks orders to troops
lining a battlefield
of posies and poppy,

the diecast setting of a model
standing aloft, aloof
the rain pelting an icy tin roof
suggests the shutterspeed needs to be fast
to capture the enemy.

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OlyChamp
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Re: From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

Thanks ShrewsCam. Yeah I find them compelling. The locations are the key to their photography. They always "backpacked" their way around the world and went to places off the beaten tourist track (Morroco, Tibet, Borneo to mention a few.) I think their favourite destination was Kashmir in particular Shrinagar.

Thane

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Great set -really drag in, really love the tonal quality of them

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In between the Hour Glass
and the lens of a secondhand camera
a dog barks orders to troops
lining a battlefield
of posies and poppy,

the diecast setting of a model
standing aloft, aloof
the rain pelting an icy tin roof
suggests the shutterspeed needs to be fast
to capture the enemy.

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Michael_13 Regular Member • Posts: 335
What a huge task...

... but really worth it, as your pictures show, Thane!

I digitized my slide collection last year and used a Polaroid filmscanner. It can only do one at a time, but gives very good results.

There's one hint I like to give you:

You could get your daughter a photographic brush, so that she can dust off the slides before digitizing them. Takes only a few seconds, but improves results a lot.

Greetings,
Michael

Canadian Club
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Amazing

Your story is amazing and the results your daughter is getting is excellent. As suggested the slides should be dusted before scanning.

These are exceptional - I did mine many moons ago and they sure don't compare to these.

Neat post.

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OlyChamp
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Re: What a huge task...

Thanks Michael. She is already doing the pre prep for transferring. Some of the slides had been left open to the elements (dust, condensation, etc) through neglect and old age (Aunty E), but a majority were still sealed in their boxes. It's an interesting project she has set herself on (my daughter that is) and one I am following intensely as I'd love to have a copy in my personal collection.

Thane

Michael_13 wrote:

... but really worth it, as your pictures show, Thane!

I digitized my slide collection last year and used a Polaroid filmscanner. It can only do one at a time, but gives very good results.

There's one hint I like to give you:

You could get your daughter a photographic brush, so that she can dust off the slides before digitizing them. Takes only a few seconds, but improves results a lot.

Greetings,
Michael

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In between the Hour Glass
and the lens of a secondhand camera
a dog barks orders to troops
lining a battlefield
of posies and poppy,

the diecast setting of a model
standing aloft, aloof
the rain pelting an icy tin roof
suggests the shutterspeed needs to be fast
to capture the enemy.

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OlyChamp
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Re: Amazing

Thanks CC. I think now there is the technology to try again with yours to get better results. I know your slides will be as good as your shots you post here so don't give up just yet. Think of the great things your children and grandchildren and great grandchildren will be able to see through your eyes!!

Thane

Canadian Club wrote:

Your story is amazing and the results your daughter is getting is excellent. As suggested the slides should be dusted before scanning.

These are exceptional - I did mine many moons ago and they sure don't compare to these.

Neat post.

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In between the Hour Glass
and the lens of a secondhand camera
a dog barks orders to troops
lining a battlefield
of posies and poppy,

the diecast setting of a model
standing aloft, aloof
the rain pelting an icy tin roof
suggests the shutterspeed needs to be fast
to capture the enemy.

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SamTruax Senior Member • Posts: 1,768
Re: From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

The trick is what you do to the file after you have scanned the slides. You can get excellent results with a quick 'temperature' change or even clicking on the "Auto Enhance" button in whatever photo editor you use. Sometimes the initial scan looks nasty at first but with some simple corrections you can bring out the original colours again.
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meanwhile
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Re: What a huge task...

Once digitised, these slides would make an amazing website. I for one would spend many hours there. If you ever publish the best into a book that would also be worth buying. You can tell even just from the ones above that she/they were a cut above the average photographer.

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OlyChamp
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Re: From a (dearly departed) world (9 imgs)

Thanks Sam. I'm not sure how my daughter Amy is PP'ing the digitals, if at all (most seem not to need it). I'll ask her and report back.

Thane

SamTruax wrote:

The trick is what you do to the file after you have scanned the slides. You can get excellent results with a quick 'temperature' change or even clicking on the "Auto Enhance" button in whatever photo editor you use. Sometimes the initial scan looks nasty at first but with some simple corrections you can bring out the original colours again.
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In between the Hour Glass
and the lens of a secondhand camera
a dog barks orders to troops
lining a battlefield
of posies and poppy,

the diecast setting of a model
standing aloft, aloof
the rain pelting an icy tin roof
suggests the shutterspeed needs to be fast
to capture the enemy.

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OlyChamp
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Re: What a huge task...

Thanks you for your wonderful endorsement. I just showed Amy this thread (I forgot when I started it) and she is very pleased with your feedback, as I am too.

Most of the shots above date back to 1972, but she is yet to get into the boxes dating back further and mostly stored well in supposedly in good condition.

The website is a great Idea, we both will look into setting something up once she gets around the file naming for the slides, so each slide has a story. Luckily the Aunts managed to keep photo diaries wherever they went and she now has those, so all is looking good for a wonderful snapshot of far flung places over 50 years.

Thane.

meanwhile wrote:

Once digitised, these slides would make an amazing website. I for one would spend many hours there. If you ever publish the best into a book that would also be worth buying. You can tell even just from the ones above that she/they were a cut above the average photographer.

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In between the Hour Glass
and the lens of a secondhand camera
a dog barks orders to troops
lining a battlefield
of posies and poppy,

the diecast setting of a model
standing aloft, aloof
the rain pelting an icy tin roof
suggests the shutterspeed needs to be fast
to capture the enemy.

 OlyChamp's gear list:OlyChamp's gear list
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