Crummy to Better


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Trail a la Lomo - Original

This is the original photo, scanned on the Epson V600.

Trail a la Lomo

This one (above) is cleaned up using Epson Scan and Digital Ice, along with post in On1 Photo 10 and LR 6.

The one below is with the Noise / Dust and Scratch Removal in PS6.  Sadly, it softens the leaves in the trees.  I wonder if sharpening it in LR would help.

Trail a la Lomo with PS6 Dust Removal

I have been putzing around with different ways to do post processing of film . . . a lot of work, but maybe worth it for keepers.

Agfa Isolette iii and Epson V600


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I decided to try a medium format camera – an Agfa Isolette iii – and a scanner for film – the Epson V600.  These are scans directly out of the scanner, scanned at 3200 dpi, 48 bit, with dust and Digital Ice turned on.  They are pretty cruddy, and I don’t if the lab developed the film was not too clean, or if there is just schmutz on the scanner or film.  Regardless, this is just a foray into a new-to-me adventure.  Click on the images for a better idea as to what they look like.  Let me know what you think!

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The Childhood Spaghetti Trauma Drama


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I grew up on the world’s most disgusting ideas of what spaghetti with meatballs was.  What is was consisted of some ground hamburger fried up in a pan, and then a box of some kind of “spaghetti dinner” added.  Fast and cheap, and I would burp it up for days.  The other idea of spaghetti and meatballs came out of a can and was warmed up in a saucepan.   That’s it.

Fried Meatballs

Fried Meatballs

To this day, I have refused to eat anything with the word spaghetti in it (and it was years before I would try any pasta, but still will not eat spaghetti noodles), nor meatballs.  That is, until a friend of mine from work told me how she makes spaghetti and meatballs . . . since she is the child of Italian immigrants, she should know, right?

So, here is the recipe I used . . . and like any recipe, it can be modified to use what is on hand, as long as it doesn’t deviate too much (I guess for me, that means nothing out of a can or box?).

Frying Meatballs

Frying Meatballs


1 lb ground meat (a combo of beef, Italian sausage, and if you use pork, very little)
1/2 c. romano cheese
chopped Italian parsley
bread crumbs (I used panko)
seasoning such as garlic, onion, thyme, pepper
1 egg

Squish this all together, make into balls about the size of a golf ball.  The balls should be light in feel, not heavy.  Roll a bit in flour, and then fry until brown. Set aside and serve with spaghetti sauce of choice (preferably homemade, without oregano, as she says, “Oregano is used in pizza sauce.”), in which you warm up the meatballs, and serve with spaghetti noodles. (We will have bowties, thank you.)

Film . . .


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I am beginning to really enjoy taking pictures with film these days.

Autumnal Grasses-1

As I’ve said, in my early days of photography – back in the 80s when digital didn’t exist – my experiences were all really bad.  I had no training and no idea what to do.  Maybe it is because my own family didn’t take pictures, so my experience with photography was very, very limited.  I had no idea what made a good picture as far as composition, and no idea how to make a good exposure.  Hundreds of dollars in printed ugliness was no reward, but the best deterrent!


Enter the digital camera, some classes, lots of reading, and now I think I can go out and take a few shots in film without screaming at the results.  One reason is I can get digital images, rather than prints.  Costs are $10 – $11 / roll of film.  I have my own scanner.  Now, I am learning how to shoot film, such as lowering the iso for richer color and better contrast.  I am learning how to use my software to do post production, which may seem like cheating, but it is simply a digital vs. chemical darkroom.  Film still retains the quality of film, even if digitized – at least, it seems to me it does!


One of the most fun things about film is trying out different types of film, and finding ones I like.  I have tried Tri-X, T-Max, Superia, Rollei Crossbird, UltraMax, Ektar, and have a few others.  It’s really cool.  Developing B&W is going to happen with greater frequency, and later, developing color.

Trees & Rocks-1

What have I gotten out of this?  Patience with composition.  Appreciation of digital and analog film processes.  A sense of success.  And a whole hell of a lot of fun!


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