Memories, Tucked Between the Pages of my Mind . . .

Not too bad for a 60 year old slide. I’m the tall blonde. c. 1957/8

After a lengthy wait, today I received a link to the scans of 850 of my dad’s slide, which I had sent off for processing in late September. To say I am happy with the results would be a lie. Part of it is my fault. I didn’t adequately clean some of them. Who knew 60 year old lint could stick so well to the surface of a slide. And I did send some knowing that they were not great shots, but I didn’t have the desire to scan them myself and it is so hard to tell looking through a slide viewer.

Tall Blonde Again, c. 1958

But the overall result of many of the scams is not great. The focus is soft too on many of the,m the contrast is harsh, the colors shocking. Of particular note are the 50 or so slide scans that have a bright pink/magenta cast. I know they were not pink when I sent them; I looked at each slide twice to eliminate the really bad ones. If the scanning company has turned the originals a bright pink/magenta, I will be very unhappy. I know that some slides were on Ektachrome slide film. I’m wondering if that could have made the difference, depending on the color balance settings of the scanners the company used. I will have to wait and see.

But I couldn’t resist posting a few good ones that fit the holiday themes this week.

My mom on the left, my Aunt Lucy on the right. c. 1955
I converted this one to B&W to get rid of the red. . 1961

Join the following two challenges this week:

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #128 And Here Comes the Holiday Season…

A Photo A Week Challenge: Christmas

Focus on Cucurbita

The Cucurbita family includes pumpkins, squash and gourds. Pumpkins are considered a squash but not all squash are considered pumpkins. Both are edible. Gourds are not edible but are highly decorative

Join Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #121: Focus on the Subject

Candle Light Quiet

Candles, Il Duomo, Florence, Italy

Join Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #102: A Quite Moment

I Colori Delicati

I Colori Delicati Del Palazzo Vecchio

Join Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #98: Delicate Colors

Passing the Time

I’ve been away from home for five months now so I have been passing the time with mobile pastimes, such as genealogy and photography. Going through the coronavirus pandemic with my sister while she recovers from unrelated medical issues has been great for both of use. Staying at home gets old, but doing it with someone else helps save one’s sanity.

The Tortoise and the Cat

I don’t have pets at home but for the last few months I have been bonding with Cleo the cat and Tortuga the desert tortoise. Cleo has made the grass catcher on the lawnmower her favorite sitting place. We don’t know why she loves it so much. Tortuga loves eating rose petals after his daily lettuce and fruit.

Family History and Genealogy

Working on the family tree has been possible through Ancestry. I love discovering new facts or documents related to my ancestors.

Trees, Fences, and Flowers

Being confined to a small area, I have taken to photographing tree bark and fence patterns. Funny the things you can see when you really look. Flowers are also favorites subjects. Something is always blooming in California. I’ve been using my smart phone. I haven’t picked up my DSLR in 5 months.

Join Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #97: Pastimes

Seeing the Crop

The Eye of the Beholder

Over the past few months I have been staying with one of my sisters in southern California. Since mid-March, we have been under state and county stay-at-home orders. My universe has been limited to the local neighborhood for photography. On a whim, I decided to explore details in tree bark and fence slats. I was surprised by what I found when I decided to see. Most of my recent posts have featured subjects I found in the trees and fences. The final images focus on a smaller section of the original shot, sometimes just a tiny detail. A comparison of the original and the final images demonstrate the power of cropping.

On the Fence: Behind the Curtain

The Man in the Renaissance Hat Tree

The Elephant Tree

Join Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #96: Cropping the Shot

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