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I spent alot of yesterday planning a new organization scheme for my photography. Directory structures, file naming, etc. Before I get too far into the digital stuff, I have ~5000 35mm slides in archive sleeves to deal with. These need to be sorted, boxed, and scanned well enough to at least get them into my Lightroom catalog so I know what I have.

So I spent today sorting all my slides by date. Found that I have a 5 year gap with no slides. Oh yeah, I shot print film for those 5 years. Now I have that to deal with also! I got 250 slides out of their sleeves, labeled (file name), and put into archival storage boxes. ~4600 more to go. Then I got the first 24 scanned on my flat bed scanner. This scanner works great for my 4X5 sheet film, but seems marginally up to the task of dealing with small slides. I would prefer to be using my Nikon slide scanner, but it looks like I have to buy some expensive software to get it to work with Win7.

Its a good thing I'm going to have a few weeks available coming up to deal with this without the distraction of work! I have a long long way to go on this project, but it is much needed and good to have started.
elhoff: (photography)
From my second trip to the White Mountains:

Bristlecone Pine

© 2006 Elliot Hoffmann
elhoff: (photography)
I have done a lot of photography over the past few months, in an intentional effort to hone my skills a bit and do something that I find mentally relaxing. I have spent some days out capturing images, and some in my office, scanning and processing. I am starting to get a few images to the point that I am ready to show them to others. Here is the first...there will be more to follow as I complete them.  Click for a larger image.

South Davis Fence

© 2008 Elliot Hoffmann

elhoff: (photography)
I had a rude shock last week when I went to get film developed for the first time in about a year.  My old photo lab was gone...defunct...out of business.  With a little asking around, I found a new lab...Cox B&W...the last B&W photo lab in the greater Sacramento area!  Looks like this is going to be a great lab for me, but it is scary that there is only one left.

The very next day I got an email from Camera Arts (the same folks that referred me to Cox B&W)...they are going out of business.  They were the last camera store in Sacramento catering to photographers still using film and to those using large and medium format cameras, as well as developing supplies, etc.

These two events were a strong reminder to me that these local businesses are a valuable resource for information, supplies and community, and that if we do not support them, they will not be here when we need them.
elhoff: (photography)
On Sunday, I managed to drag my slightly hung over butt out of bed in time to go have coffee with [livejournal.com profile] aleeceh, load up my photo gear, and head for the hills. My destination was a pair of bridges over the Cosumnes River gorge. I spotted them a few weeks ago on the now infamous "We-got-our-Porsche-Stuck-in-the-Snow Impromptu Wine Tour". A bit down the road I realized that I had forgotten to grab a jacket, but since I was wearing a fairly heavy shirt, decided to go forward to my destination and deal with the cold. I headed out Hwy 16 toward Plymouth. About 10 miles past Rancho Muieta (and cell phone service) I looked down and saw my battery light on! After a brief moment of rapid thoughts, including the likes of: no big deal...well maybe I ought to go back...oh crap once the battery dies the hazard lights don't even work and I have no cell phone signal, I made the smart decision of turning back. Expecting the car to die at any minute, I headed for the home of [livejournal.com profile] kellilorenz which I could reach without using a freeway, if the battery would just hold out. After about 40 miles I arrived without incident. After looking under the hood to check for loose terminals, etc, I headed off to Hubacher Cadilac/Land Rover to leave the car for service, with Kelli following. We made it to the dealer without incident, but with the battery light still on.

Then we went to lunch, played with the dogs, watched the Blue Angels buzz her house, snuggled, etc. Turned out to be the nicest dead-car day I have ever experienced!

Today they got my car fixed. The alternator had no output at all. I am impressed that Land Rover has designed a vehicle that can go 50 miles with only the charge that is in the battery. I didn't even have any trouble restarting it at Kelli's house, after 40 miles! On the downside, it has got to be the world's most expensive alternator (over $500 for the part!) Oh well, it is now all fixed, so I can try again.

Let's see, when is our next good weather weekend...

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