Hacking in the garage

scanning_ws_300Friend Michael Rosenberg came over last night and helped me arrange boxes so I could get to the boxes that hold my archives of 11×14 prints, negs et al. Sitting at a folding table, with a laptop and clamp-on lights, power coming from a dropped HD extension cord, I feel like a hacker in a boiler room somewhere.

The good news is that in an hour and 15 minutes I scanned in 27 prints, making uncompressed TIFFs and JPEGs of each file. The GT-15000 scanner takes less than a minute to make the scans, and VueScan takes a bit more than a minute to pull over the data and write out the 2 files to my networked G5 workstation.

So, if I’m conscientious, and work at it, I should be able to scan in 100 prints a week, which would get me to my 5000-print goal a year from now. I need a dust brush, and a few other small items to get going on neg and trans scans on the Nikon ED-9000. the GT-15000 scans, BTW, are very good quality, and clearly better than the ‘copy camera’ shots from the Lumix (this was true for film – photograps of photographs lose quality – and appears to be true for digital copies, too). Another piece of ‘new life’ drops into place…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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