On last Friday I received a new Nikon Coolscan V ED scanner to replace my broken (and sucky) Minolta DÃ®mage Scan Dual II. What a difference it made! Coolscan comes with hardware-based Digital ICE4 scratch/dust removal, and it sure works. The goal is to scan a library of slides / negatives me and my wife have, and since we no longer own film cameras, then dump the scanner (on or off eBay :)).
In the early 80’s (before the Commodore 64) I reeled my own film and developed it as well. I did only black & white, but the fact that I did do it myself made it possible for then-some-12-year-old to take tons of photos which otherwise (in Finland) would have been rather costly. Since the process to develop negatives into prints was rather tedious, manyâ€”or probably mostâ€”of the negatives were never turned into prints, and hence I’ve never really seen them. Now that I live in the U.S. it’s an interesting trip back to my childhood to see photos I took around my home and home town some 20+ years ago. During the scanning process I’ll post some here as samples. Most, however, I’m planning to post into a protected gallery for the family & friends.