Silverfast Scanning Software Rocks!

I have a huge pile of transparencies (slides) from my film days, that I’ve been trying to digitize and archive on line, because a good image is timeless, regardless of what the medium, and I don’t want to lose them over time to fading, etc. in drawers. After trying a few service bureaus, and not being happy, I decided to try out SilverFast, created by Lasersoft Imaging. In short, I am so pleased with the results! Without even having calibrated my scanner, my prescans using this software are so good, and I can then do additional pre-processing before the final scan. Working in 48 bit mode, I can adjust the output curve to optimize the light/contrast, I can run an auto dust-and-scratch remover, adjust the overall color balance, OR selectively adjust the color balance, as needed, and a host of other adjustments. From basic to advanced, this gives me control over the image before the final scanning occurs. Finally, I can get my favorite prime slides scanned and into the archive at a reasonable cost. This image of the wave in Utah is one of my favorite slides from that journey.




I have a ton of images from Inside Passage, Alaska that I can finally archive! And a slew of other states/countries, too. woo-hoo!














If you are looking for a great scanning software, look no further. In my opinion, Silverfast is the software that offers me the control over my images. Now, if I can just find the time to scan my whole archive…


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Rhodendrons may be a weed…

My photo tour in Ireland was scheduled for the early part of June because it’s lush, fresh green, and the rhododendrons are typically in bloom. Much to my surprise, they are considered an invasive nuisance in Ireland! They are invasive, you can see evidence of their spread in various locations, but they are oh-so-beautiful when in bloom. So the Irish stand divided, because many people have them in their yards and gardens, but just as many lament the spread of them into the landscape! The Killarney National Park, back about 15 years ago, was trying to eradicate them in the park boundaries!!

So we were traveling into the Black Valley one day, and when we rounded a bend,  the scene took our breath away – pink blooming rhododendrons dotted the rocky landscape, up the slopes and down to the lake edge.  The entire group was so excited, except for one: our trusty photo guide, landscape photographer Peter Cox. He didn’t get all excited, because in his mind, they are non-native and a ‘weed’. But we all countered that those weeds just might sell a few more prints in his gallery of stunning landscape photographs, as many travelers are excited about the beautiful color in the spring landscape. It’s funny: What he considered ‘just a weed’, we nurture to get them to grow and bloom profusely in our gardens here in the states! To each his own, and we may not see images of them in his gallery any time soon, but we were all happy to spend some time photographing them amidst the rocks.




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Photography from the Heart

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I just listened to an interview with Paul Caponigro, a master of photographer, and this quote really resonated with me:

“In order to be a good photographer, you need to work more on your emotions than you do on your technique.”

Is this a new idea? Not really. When I was growing my vision as a photographer, and that hasn’t ever stopped – I studied with many photographers – legendary and contemporary – either by reading their books, attending workshops, or seminars, consuming their prints and learning from it all. One common thing stood out for me – there were all in touch with their emotions when they photographed. Maybe some of them didn’t express it that way – but Sam Abell, Freeman Patterson, Dewitt Jones all voiced this idea loud and clear – and I heard it. I think I heard it because I was already in tune with that idea. My photography experience began when my father gave me a camera, as a young child, and we went on camping and backpacking trips together, and traveled as a family to many places on the east coast. I saw wonderful things – from tiny seashells, to beautiful mountaintop vistas, to Ladyslipper flowers, to stunning sunsets. Those experiences filled my cup with awe and wonder, and that spilled over into my photography. It was how I felt about the world around me, how I saw it, emotionally.

Thanks, Paul Caponigro, for sharing such an important message with us all in this interview. I never knew you felt this way, too!






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