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Almost done with some of the tornado scans.

Trying to edit through 250 gigs worth of scans is a total pain in the ass. But I have got through some of the old tornado stuff and here are a couple images. So what did I edit in the photos? These negs were sitting in a box for up to 10 years in some cases. They are scratched and dirty so I have to go through everything at 12,000 DPI and clean up the scratches. But it is worth it.
This first one is from 2000 over in Wisconsin of all places. It just kept spinning up and trying to put out a funnel before it just died.

A funny new photo

One of those great Iowa photos thank makes you say huh?
Is this not like, um yeah. NO SHIT.
Waiting for Tony to photo shop "Roger" on the top of it :-)


Wild Dog Attack Photos From Chase

Here are some photos of the wild dogs that chased me down while I was out chasing this year. I stopped on the side of the road in South Dakota to get a shot of a dying super cell and then these guys came out of nowhere from the house across the highway. These guys were looking at me like I was their new chew toy and like some crazy horror movie, they kept following me around until I got back in my Jeep after fighting them off and got away with my life...

almost done with the photos

After 3 years of work, sorting, video editing, reviewing, scanning, re scanning, touching up photos, the whole fucking project is almost done. After having a shitty holiday and just staying home to work vs being invited over for left overs at my brothers house, I was able to get a lot of stuff done. The new will soon be up and running.

Photo review update

Just for the people wondering how many photos I have to review, I did a CHKDSK on my photo drives. Total number of files to be reviewed, 22,092.
This should keep me busy tomorrow.

Freaking Cold Scuba Dive

It was the day before thanksgiving and the lakes were still open...

I did a solo scuba dive in Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis this morning. 

The water temp at 40 feet was 40 degrees.   The temp at the surface was 43 degrees. 

The two piece 5mm wet suit, hood and gloves kept me warm until I had to do the 2 minute safety stop at 15 feet  and could feel the start of hypothermia. 

cutting up my photo negs...

After thinking I was done with all the scanning, I was not.  When I sat down to start reviewing the scans today, I found some huge streaks in some of the images.  It was nothing on the image itself but the film touching the glass base of the scanner.  I tried to fix it but it is not happening.  So I came up with an idea.  I have a bunch of old Pakon plastice slide mounts for the E6 I used to develop by hand.  So I'm cutting the C41 negs and putting them into slide mounts to try and flatten them out to scan them clean.

Pakon Trick Worked

Ok, the Pakon trick worked perfect to fix the scanning.  It has flattened the negs out to the point where they scan perfect.  The down side, I have to rescan the stuff and that will take some time.  But at least it looks cool.