May 1979: Jogging path along Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. Scanned with sharpening at medium setting.
During the last couple weeks I've scanned 200 negatives on a Epson Perfection V550 flatbed scanner. I’m happy with the results.
The Charles River image above I cleaned up in Lightroom, but did not add any sharpening.
The V550 handles 8.5 by 11 inch flatbed scans and comes with a plastic holders for 35mm and 120mm film. The 35mm holder can handle two strips of film or four 2 x 2 inch slide mounts.
My completed scans were mostly from old 35mm Tri-X black and white negatives. Usually I left the built in sharpening off, but for the image above I used the medium setting. There's some halo’s around the tree on right. In the future I'll try the low setting.
Personally I prefer to take raw scans into Lightroom and Photoshop for finishing work.
The Epson Scan software is easy to use. But I’m already familiar with the software. For several years, I used the software with a high end Epson Perfection and Epson all-in-one scanners. I use the Professional mode for all the additional controls.
In addition to the unsharp mask feature, the Epson Scan software includes grain reduction, color restoration, backlight correction, dust removal and DIGITAL ICE technology.
By using the preview feature, I make final scan selections for up to 12 images on my computer screen. At 2400 or 3200 dpi, each scan can take several minutes. So while the Epson is doing it’s thing, I can work on this blog post.
I give this scanner four out of five stars. The main negative are the film holders. They're made of cheap plastic break easily. So work slowly and carefully when using.
The odd thing about the Epson Perfection line of scanners, the high end models also come with cheap plastic film holders. Plan on purchasing an extra set of holders as backup.
I purchased a refurbished Epson V550 unit selling for about $120. It came with all the attachments. But be careful, some online reviews report broken (lemon) versions and others with no attachments being sold.
The Epson Perfection V550 list price is $199.00. It’s perfect for digitizing family or similar photos - just what I am doing.
Notice I did not say it’s a replacement for high end professional scanning!
In 1991, Columbia Pictures spent $400,000 to build a fake airline crash atop a Piru bridge for the movie "Hero." This photo by Los Angeles Times photographer Lawrence K. Ho became my From the Archives blog post for today.
A couple weeks later I took my own version, below, and sold it to Associated Press.
Same scene, but Ho used a wide angle lens. I used a telephoto.
Personally I like Ho's version better.
Jan. 7, 1979: Los Angeles Rams' Tom Mack (65) blocking for running back John Cappelletti (22) during NFL Championship Game. Rams lost 28-0 to the Dallas Cowboys. Game was at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Scott Harrison/Downey Southeast News
While working at the old Downy Southeast News, I could cover some major league sports - on my own time. The Jan. 7, 1979 NFC Championship game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was not a classic. Dallas clobbered the Rams 28-0.
Oh well, as least the Rams are back. Yea!
Current USC Athletic Director Pat Haden (11) got pressured a lot. Check out the next three photos.
Today I re-posted a From the Archives photo gallery on Pacific Coast Highway landslides. When the rains arrive along PCH, so do the dirt and rocks.
On Jan. 15, 2016, the Los Angeles Times published a great Infographic: Mudslides create treacherous trek on PCH. Some of the links on the map lead back to this photo gallery.
A related story by reporter Rosanna Xia is online: Can Pacific Coast Highway withstand El Niño?
My bet is no.
July 1989: Neckties attached to fence outside of Pinnacle Peak Patio in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Scott Harrison.
Western themed tourist attractions once dotted Scottsdale, Arizona. All were lost to urban sprawl. Reata Pass Steakhouse and Pinnacle Peak Patio closed in recent years. In 2005, Rawhide moved the Chandler, Arizona.
Recently I scanned 1985 and 1989 negatives from visits to Pinnacle Peak Patio and Rawhide. Thirty six images are posted in this flickr photo album: Scottsdale Western spots.
My thoughts on images past and present.