That Look

Mara Leopard
Leopard in a tree at mid-day, Masai Mara, Kenya

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
—Albert Einstein

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Big Ol’ Barn

Large sheep barn OR coast Barns 134 on1tif

Light along the Oregon coastline and in the small inland valleys is often naturally diffused by moisture in the air (aka fog), as in this early morning Kodachrome from the 1980s. I converted it to digital using SilverFast 8 software with a Nikon Coolscan V scanner.

I was so naive as a kid I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing. —Johnny Carson

(N)ice

OR-1982-ice-Fish Lake 001

We’re having a respite from high temperatures today, breezy, cool, and rainy. Not this cold, of course, once upon a winter at a small lake in the Oregon Cascades.

“It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.” —Frank Zappa

Back To Film

Cattle Drive On Highway 205, near Frenchglen, Oregon. Scanned in SilverFast 8, processed using Photoshop CS5 and Topaz Detail 3.
Cattle Drive On Highway 205, near Frenchglen, Oregon. Fujichrome.
Scanned in SilverFast 8, processed using Photoshop CS5 and Topaz Detail 3.

 

What’s this? Film? That can’t be! Only yesterday I was using an iPod!

But it’s true—sort of. When Nikon discontinued support for their lineup of dedicated film scanners several years ago, evolving computer chips and operating systems soon rendered them obsolete. The orphaned Coolscan V ED on my desk became an elegant paperweight, and I didn’t have an easy way to bring the slides stuffed in a four-drawer file cabinet into the Digital Age. There were programs from third parties compatible with the Coolscan—I simply didn’t like their interfaces. I revisited one of those about a month ago, SilverFast 8 (from Lasersoft), and after a few days using their trial version I bought one of the versions of the program (SE Plus).

When I’ve worked with it for a couple of months I’ll probably offer a few impressions here, but for now I can say I’m pleased with the updated user interface, and the workflow necessary to bring old chromes to life on my monitor is a lot easier than driving cattle to winter pastures.