/ Letting (Stuff) Go

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I have thousands of slides in cupboards, folders, trays and little yellow boxes stashed in various places around the pad. Since digital arrived (10+ years ago now?) I have rarely looked at any of them and have been chewing over the idea of chucking the lot (well most of them) away.

So I picked a random box (California 1987) and a random slide - it was me an Parky on top of Half Dome having just done the NW Face Regular Route in 10.5 hours. The memories came thundering back down the years - maybe I'll hang onto them just a little longer!


Chris
buzby - on 16 Aug 2014
In reply to Chris Craggs: im in the middle of uploading all my old prints and family photos some going back 3 generations onto flikr.
once I've got them all done and I reckon there is over 2 thousand then im going to send my kids the link for looking at them.
great thing about doing it in a cloud storage is that folk can get to see pictures which would otherwise never see the light of day .
Bobling - on 16 Aug 2014
In reply to Chris Craggs:

Yup digitise them! I've done some slides and negatives recently and tho a pain in the giraffe at first you get through them once you get the hang of it, then presto you can free up the space and get to keep the photos. Alternatively you can pay some other poor b*gger to do it for you.
The Lemming - on 16 Aug 2014
In reply to Bobling:

> Yup digitise them!

And then Tag them with as many descriptive words as possible. Also use some face recognition software to put names to faces.

This all takes months or even years to do but its worth it. Rather than having to guess which box or year something was taken, all you have to do is throw in a few descriptive words and hundreds of images that you have forgotten about pop up to share or create improve sideshows.
SCrossley on 17 Aug 2014
In reply to Chris Craggs:

Scrap them, use the time making more memories :-)
Jim C - on 17 Aug 2014
In reply to SCrossley:
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> Scrap them, use the time making more memories :-)

What about his children and granchildren ?

I have all too few treasured photos of my father and less of my grandfather and beyond.

By all means make more memories, but don't deny the pleasure for future generations.

I found out that my father had a large cine collection,(of our family including himself, that was dumped by a thoughtless member of the family because THEY had no thought for anyone but themselves , and what interested them.

Keep them, and treasure them I say, and pass them down the generations.






icnoble on 17 Aug 2014
In reply to Chris Craggs:

I have just spent the last few weeks digitising my Fathers photographs, both prints and slides, some going ti the beginning to the late 1800's. I used am Epson V500 scanner. I am glad I did, many memories rekindled.
In reply to Jim C:

> What about his children and granchildren ?

> Keep them, and treasure them I say, and pass them down the generations.

No kids here - another reason for letting them go then!


Chris
Christheclimber - on 17 Aug 2014
In reply to Chris Craggs:

Can anyone recommend a good reasonable priced scanner for slides please? Like Chris C I have loads of slides which I want to transfer to digital format.
Fraser on 17 Aug 2014
In reply to Chris Craggs:

I'll gladly chuck away most things, but photos, of whatever format, I simply won't.
Robert Durran - on 17 Aug 2014
In reply to Chris Craggs:

If my house was burning down, the first thing I would rescue would be my slide collection (I keep a back up of my digital photos elsewhere). I have scans of some, but the quality is never going to match the slides.
Jim C - on 17 Aug 2014
In reply to Christheclimber:
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> Can anyone recommend a good reasonable priced scanner for slides please? Like Chris C I have loads of slides which I want to transfer to digital format.

Jings! You remnded me, I picked up a slide scanner at a Car Boot sale at St Andrews recently, I must give it a go, but I don't think it was a branded item, must check it out sometime.

Most of the slides will be of me and my wife in the 70's so should be a good laugh.
( I have 3 kids and a grandughter who will all enjoy looking at a 19070's Gran/Dad/Grandad for a few decades more) .

In reply to Jim C:

> ( I have 3 kids and a grandughter who will all enjoy looking at a 19070's Gran/Dad/Grandad for a few decades more) .

I'm not sure about that really - they are your memories, not their's?


Chris


icnoble on 17 Aug 2014
In reply to Christheclimber:
I used an Epson V500. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Epson-Perfection-Scanner-ReadyScan-Technology/dp/B00ECBRW5E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UT...

It will never match the dedicated Nikon and Canon slide scanners, but I was very pleased with the result, certainly good value for money.

You can scan 4 35mm mounted slides in one go with a time of about 3-4 mins
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Christheclimber - on 19 Aug 2014
In reply to icnoble:

Cheers for the link, it looks good to me at a reasonable price.


Phil Kelly - on 19 Aug 2014
In reply to icnoble:
Hi

I have an Epson Perfection V700 that scans slides, negs and prints and it works fantastically well. Better in fact than my other scanner which was a Nikon Super Coolscan.

I actually ended up getting rid of the Nikon because the Epson's results were so good - and most of the photos in Peak Rock were scanned on the Epson rather than the Nikon.

Phil
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Jim C - on 19 Aug 2014
In reply to Chris Craggs:
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> I'm not sure about that really - they are your memories, not their's?
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> Chris

You underestimate the hours of fun they have poking fun at our hairstyles and fashion sense:)

But generally I agree photos of places, or things that do not have a family member in them, are not so interesting and can probably be cleared out periodically, but when you are into Geneology then family photographs and photos of adventures thereof become interesting.

Just because the individual concerned may not be interested themselves ,by destroying family photographs they prevent the future generations(who might well be interested) from seeing them.

So I say, leave a family archive for furture generations to find and enjoy.

Offwidth - on 19 Aug 2014
In reply to Jim C:

Sure but on balance maybe its better to leave a digital archive than have to put up with all those boxes.
Flinticus - on 19 Aug 2014
In reply to Chris Craggs:

To be honest, they sound worth keeping. As long as you don't spend afternoons flipping through them and weeping for lost youth etc

As someone said, make new memories. But you can also keep the old ones too. Its not one or the other.
Ste Brom - on 19 Aug 2014
In reply to Chris Craggs:

Keep em, you might turn into...

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