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My Dell CRT Monitor & That Epson PerfectionV700 Photo
Saturday, March 08, 2014



One dramatic change for me since I started blogging in January 2006 has to do with my complete ignorance on what a blog was. Within a few days I removed that ability of anyone leaving a comment.  While this meant that I would no longer have banal musings from idling busybodies it soon put my blog into an uncertain domain that was out there.

In that first year that was 2006 more often than not a blog consisted of my going through my extensive photo files and by either random or by purpose search I would find a photograph or a series of ones that would inspire a blog.

This has reversed itself in the last few years when I
know what I am going to write about and then have the problem of relying on my memory to find a photograph to illustrate what I have written.

For my first three years I was obsessed with the idea that since a daily blog was just that, a daily blog, I had a midnight deadline to fulfill. This was awfully difficult when we traveled. I had no computer to take with me so internet cafes in remote Mexican or Argentine towns became the rigorous part of every day.

Then I figured I could write blogs in advance before I left for a trip and then on the day in question I would post them.

This has all changed but I still attempt to have a blog for every day even if I have to go back to several weeks of blank postings. I feel I have a duty to myself to blog every day even if the sequence is skewered.

Sometimes I feel lazy. I think to myself, I can look for a picture in my files of a sexy looking woman. This will please my friends John Lekich and Gavin Walker who are avowed heterosexuals (with just the right amount of romanticism in them to not make them possibly scary predators!). I put up the photo write some technical information to provide words and it is done.

Invariably these blogs will have a “like” flag when I post the links into facebook (note it has to be written in lower case).

But of late my blogs have mainly consisted of personal content relevant to my existence in which the photograph I use to illustrate them is secondary. And would you know it? The “like” (your picture) flags will still proliferate.

This blog has a series of four pictures which I took with a Nikon FM-2 and a 35mm lens. My film was Kodak b+w infrared film which has been discontinued for many years. This particular strip is not a scan of the long negative but of the contact sheet. The sepia colour is there because the photographic paper, Ilford Multigrade if not properly fixed would turn and the image would decay (ever so nicely, I think).

What has changed since 2006 is my discovery and reliance on the multi possibilities of my Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner.

At one time I would have gone to my darkroom (I still do with increasing irregularity) with a strong mug of tea and a big fat file of negatives.

Now I sit here in front of my Dell Cathode Ray Tube monitor, with a strong mug of tea to my left, a big fat file of negatives and that wonderful Epson.  



     

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11/13/16 - 11/20/16

11/20/16 - 11/27/16

11/27/16 - 12/4/16

12/4/16 - 12/11/16

12/11/16 - 12/18/16

12/18/16 - 12/25/16

12/25/16 - 1/1/17

1/1/17 - 1/8/17

1/8/17 - 1/15/17

1/15/17 - 1/22/17

1/22/17 - 1/29/17

1/29/17 - 2/5/17

2/5/17 - 2/12/17

2/12/17 - 2/19/17

2/19/17 - 2/26/17

2/26/17 - 3/5/17

3/5/17 - 3/12/17

3/12/17 - 3/19/17

3/19/17 - 3/26/17

3/26/17 - 4/2/17

4/2/17 - 4/9/17

4/9/17 - 4/16/17

4/16/17 - 4/23/17

4/23/17 - 4/30/17

4/30/17 - 5/7/17

5/7/17 - 5/14/17

5/14/17 - 5/21/17

5/21/17 - 5/28/17

5/28/17 - 6/4/17

6/4/17 - 6/11/17

6/11/17 - 6/18/17

6/18/17 - 6/25/17

6/25/17 - 7/2/17

7/2/17 - 7/9/17

7/9/17 - 7/16/17

7/16/17 - 7/23/17

7/23/17 - 7/30/17

7/30/17 - 8/6/17

8/6/17 - 8/13/17

8/13/17 - 8/20/17

8/20/17 - 8/27/17

8/27/17 - 9/3/17

9/3/17 - 9/10/17

9/10/17 - 9/17/17

9/17/17 - 9/24/17

9/24/17 - 10/1/17