Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Happy Feet

For the last few days, I've not been taking any photographs at all. Rather, I've been restoring and digitizing slides from the early 1960s, taken by a member of the British Antartic Survey.

The slides were found in an attic. They had mould and condensation damage which cleaned up very nicely with some strangely addictive PEC-12 Film Emulsion Cleaner and, once they were remounted in archive quality slide mounts by Gepe, scanned in with a trusty Microtek scanner borrowed off a friend, and post-processed for those particularly stubborn bits of dust, they looked rather nice. Or, they should look rather nice by the time I finish. So far, the project's taken £70 and 30 hours. I've still got 110 pictures to zip under the all-seeing magnifying glass of Photoshop but cleaning snow is fun and, somehow, appropriate for this time of the year.

Something tells me, though, that I wouldn't have even thought of being so thorough had I not seen Happy Feet last week - and then picked up this slide...


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