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Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How I copied old slides. And don't forget the blogger fest if you are in the area.

Where are we today ?
       Almost forgot about this posting I was asked the other day how I copied Suzie's father's slides. It was a fairly easy process using my digital camera, tiny tripod and an old slider view I still have from many years ago. It has come in handy.
       Quite a few years ago I copied 450 of my old slides that were deteriorating the same way. It took a while to sort through a few thousand slides, but did narrow it down. I played with this setup and found it worked pretty good so now I have them on disk and my backup drive much easier to find and view them now. No more messing with a slide projector, screen etc..... 

my old slide viewer
      I just set up the viewer and my camera like the picture below. Played with a few settings, using close up shots, and no flash. Totally dark room so no light reflection and slide them through one at a time. 
Easy setup
       This was done without buying any equipment I did not have. Not a slide copier or whatever.
       Then on my computer, and in the free Picasa photo editing program that I use. Here I was able to crop,  enhance them and make them look pretty good. Considering the slides were in pretty bad shape. Below is an example of one slide that I copied. Looks better than the slide looked.
Suzie and her sister,
can you guess which one is Suzie?
        Now today more puttering around here, make lunches, repair a cabinet door they will use for a TV stand in their new place.  Also the keyboard tray for the smaller computer desk that they are taking with them. 
nice sunrise again heading into Plattsville
         Ran a few errands, chopped ice on the front steps (did I tell you how much I hate shovelling snow and chopping ice?) and whip up supper. Tonight a couple thick ham slices for Suzie and her Dad on the Weber Q, glazed with brown sugar, lemon juice and horse radish, very tasty. Also a baked potato for him. For me I grilled a salmon burger and made a salad.
Ham slices, baked tater and salmon burger
sure hit the spot for me tonight
         A few more chores and chat around the dinner table, wash up the dishes and relax for a bit before calling it a night.
          Thanks again for stopping by and keep posting your pictures of the nice sunny skies and warm temps for us.
Posted by George, a.k.a. "The Weber "Q" Man of Blogland" according to Rick Doyle. 
 Check out the interactive map below to see where we have been this past Winter.

22 comments:

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    1. HA HA, Well I had a challenge and wanted to see if it could be done.
      You know that you can do anything if you try hard enough. We went full time 9 years ago when the accountant and financial adviser said we cannot do it yet. Well its been working pretty good so far and we love it!

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  2. Those girls look like they could be twins... so I fail the test.

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    1. Well Sharon, Suzie has fair hair, is slimmer and is 2 years older. In person they do not even look related but when they talk its hard to tell them apart.

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  3. I did something similar with slides years ago. However, I never finished. I should get back on the project.

    Again, thanks for the "blogger-fest" mention. Hopefully, it'll be so successful that next year we'll even plan it in advance!

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    1. The Blogger Fest will be a HUGE success and even bigger next year I am sure.

      These will happen and work all somebody needs to do is organize it and people will come.
      I organized dances and functions in town here for years and a few hundred people would show up. When I stopped organizing the functions stopped.
      Wish we were there!

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  4. I copied hundreds of old family slides, but I used an ION Omni scanner that worked great. It is really great to have these old slides and be able to repair and upgrade them with current technology:)

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    1. Yes it is great to be able to fix them up view them easily now.

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  5. Oh dear. That looked like a lot of work. My daughter took pity on me and gifted me with a Hammacher Schlemmer Digital Image Copier...did slides and negatives and it was pretty darn easy. I did hundreds. I commend you, George, for your ingenuity.

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    1. It was not that bad really. The most work was sortong throughthousands of slide to decide what to copy.

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  6. Necessity is the mother of invention. Well done on the slide transfer project, George.

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    1. thanks Rene it worked just wonderful.

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  7. very creative there George. We'll miss you guys on Saturday.

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    1. Wish we were there too.
      We will be there in spirit!

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  8. Great idea George, I have many that I would like to copy, maybe we can make a deal to let me borrow it next winter. Take care.

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  9. Great little set up George and thanks for the how to post.

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    1. I do enjoy a challenge will an easy fix.

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