Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pastimes

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pastimes.

Once again I am cheating a little with my response to the prompt. Over Christmas I started the fairly major project of digitising my colour slide and black and white negative archives.

When Ontario went into lockdown it gave me lots of time to continue the project. I currently have 8,000 slides digitised plus dozens of key black and white negatives.

This has allowed me to rediscover some personal favourites and discover some overlooked photos that have become favourites.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

A section of the winter gull roost on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire in the 1990s. An overlooked photo that has since become a favourite.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Decayed or Rusty

An abandoned crofters cottage on the Isle of Skye, Scotland with the mist shrouded Cuillin mountains across the bay behind. A favourite that I didn’t have a good digital copy of until a couple of weeks ago.

One Word Sunday: Ice

A frozen and partially snow covered slough at sunrise with weak sun pillar. I discovered a set of sunrise photos from Punnichy, Saskatchewan with a weak sun pillar in the sky.

Monochrome Monday: 4th May 2020

Hoarfrost on Privet leaves in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden. The vertical version of this photo has long been a favourite but I didn’t remember taking a horizontal version until I started digitising some of my black and white negatives.

9 replies on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pastimes”

You’ve done a great job, digitizing these images, David! The sunrise picture is especially eye-catching. Many of our earlier pictures were on slides and by the time I got around to digitizing them they had deteriorated to the point where you could hardly make out what was on some of them, which was a pity because they were mostly the only pictures that I had of home back in England. Your pastime will be well worth the effort, David, as evidenced by the splendid results you have achieved so far. Thank you so much for participating in the challenge

Thanks Sue. The deterioration of some of the slides was why I started digitising them. Also, some of the published ones came back from the publisher’s in a terrible state so they needed a digital copy before they deteriorated further.

Thanks Amy. Three big plastic totes full of slide sheets was a bit daunting which is why I kept putting it off. I have now got something like three quarters of them copied.

A great pastime, David! And that first image of the winter gulls – marvelous, wonderful, beautiful. The whole series is great, but that first one hit it right for me.

Thanks John. It’s been an interesting project. The slides are close to being finished but then there’s 3 large binders of black and white negatives.

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