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PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Jul 14, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
Mark,

I've known too many people that have had their hard drives crash and lose over 5 years worth of memories.

I'm actually going the opposite way. Printing all my good photos.

A photo will last 100+ years.

Just my 2cents. ;)
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2013 - 09:39pm PT
They are already duplicated on another drive. The individual files are about 45 mb each but the whole folder is only about 13 gig. A13 gig folder is easy to back up in many different places and given that a terabyte hard drive costs only $80 these days, I don't mind buying a few and having many duplicates.

Besides, 98% of the slides are already in the trash can, and I ain't about to do any dumpster diving for them!
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jul 15, 2013 - 06:55am PT
Yeah- I ran a similar thread a while back. It just gets to be too much storing everything. I'm not a photographer, but I've also got a zillion folders of artwork from art-school I don't know what to do with. At some point I'm going to just scan 90% of them, back it up on a second drive, make a few copies/mail off to relatives, and toss the rest.

I am, however keeping all the original B&W/vintage originals. There's just something really cool about old photos and they'll all fit in a few albums.
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Jul 15, 2013 - 08:17am PT
When my pop passed, I had a huge set of pictures to go through. It didn't take me long, most were of folks I never knew. Of course there were a few gems, but by and large, the photos are for the ones that took them.


I have hundreds of Kodachrome pictures of mountains and lakes and forests from all the back-packing trips I took in high school. Man, those bore even me now...

It's drudge work to go through the hundreds of digital photos I now have. With film, there was built-in cost that made you be more careful with the pictures you actually took. Now, it's "take as many as you like, it's free...."

Yikes, the time to process all those photos on the back side ain't free!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2013 - 09:00am PT
The money photos are the ones I scanned (about 500) and all the rest, butt shots, shots where the climber is just a small spec, underexposed and overexposed shots, sunrises, sunsets, trees, flowers, cliff shots, did not get scanned.
Barbarian

climber
Jul 15, 2013 - 09:37am PT
Mark,

I feel your pain. I have several thousand 4x5 negatives that were taken by my dad. I would love to scan them all and create a searchable database of the images, but just cannot find the time. The scope of the project is so overwhelming, I can't even begin to work on it.
Many of these negatives are somewhat historic in nature: railroad photography beginning in the 40's (with a significant number of images documenting the glory days of the California Zephyr). I'd hate lose all of that, so someday soon I will have to bite the bullet and get going. The upside is that I will no longer have to house all of that film and the associated 3x5 cards that hold descriptions and exposure data.

Of course there are all my images to go through as well...
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2013 - 09:50am PT
My presentation at the Facelift this fall is what spurred this on. I've been off and on scanning photos for the last few years whenever I could get someone to loan me a scanner.
This last go-round has been nice since the scanner software has advanced to the point where its auto white balance, exposure modification and dust cleaning are all quite good. Most slides are perfect right out of the scanner and the few others are easily adjusted in Adobe Camera Raw (and yes, yes, yes, I know all about Lightroom).
nopantsben

climber
Jul 15, 2013 - 10:42am PT
When's your facelift presentation? you better post some more of your photos here! :-)
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2013 - 10:54am PT
September 25th.
mongrel

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Jul 15, 2013 - 11:40am PT
This isn't exactly a digital/film question, but what's with the Salewa ice screws in that photo of racking up for Zode? Expecting an early winter storm? Must have been Badass to do the wide pitch with nothing bigger than a 4" bong.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2013 - 12:15pm PT
Oh yeah, huh? I don't know, they were in the gear bag for some reason.
We probably had a couple 4" bongs for that pitch but we were pretty good free climbers back then. I suspect I free climbed a lot of it, even wearing RRs, and aided a bit also.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jul 15, 2013 - 04:52pm PT
If you really want to make sure these images aren't lost, download your photos onto a USB drive from your hard drive. Lots of pictures in 10 GB.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
Okay, I'm DONE!

Never, ever again will I ever scan another slide! EVER!

The Trashman comes on Thursday!
The Trashman comes on Thursday!
Credit: Mark Hudon
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Jul 15, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
I'm borrowing a Nikon Coolscan from Max, who is borrowing it from a neighbor. So far, the results are very nice. It does take time though.

scancafe.com

You could mail them that garbage pail as-is and you'd get back a few DVD's. Very high rez, corrected, blah, blah, all for very cheap. Super happy with my process. I mindlessly dumped every negative and slide I had from my climbing career into a box, didn't even have a count - no problems - everything got scanned - sort through it some other time.

The thing is - give this some thought - even the shittiest most worthless photos - some blurry and accidental shutter releases - they all brought back emotions and memories. I have them ALL.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jul 15, 2013 - 08:25pm PT
Mark, I did that a couple of months ago.

The thing is - give this some thought - even the shittiest most worthless photos - some blurry and accidental shutter releases - they all brought back emotions and memories. I have them ALL.


You're right! I wish I hadn't thrown out so much. But I did, and it's gone.

I ain't looking back, only forward!
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Jul 15, 2013 - 08:25pm PT
Mark, You're right on top of one of my biggest regrets. I tell my kids often, forget all those damn photos of rocks, mountains, glaciers, lakes, clouds, streams and other objects. They'll be here long long after we're all gone, your buddies and family won't be. I had a camera when I was in jr. high and high school and I've got thousands of slides of objects and butt shots. There's been nothing remarkable about my climbing career except just how long I've been at it. What a shame as I witnessed history in the making or spent time with an old friend laughing in the sun I didn't record it. Oh well, fond memories just the same.
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Jul 15, 2013 - 08:37pm PT
Its all temporary. I lost 30 years of climbing photos in a fire. It hurt then, and huts even now, ten years later. It does make one put these artifacts in perspective. As many have pointed out, media changes over time, and our corporeal residence on this plane is fleeting.

If I can positively influence those around me, and send positive echos into the future via these encounters, then my pain over lost images is ultimately insignificant.
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Jul 15, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
BURN THEM!!!!

That would be Savage.
froodish

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Jul 15, 2013 - 08:54pm PT
Mark,

for an offsite backup, consider something like an Amazon S3 bucket:

http://aws.amazon.com/free/

5GB free for the first year, really cheap after that.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jul 16, 2013 - 10:21pm PT
to cause us to be dumbstruck by the awesomeness of your trash can,
you'll have to get down really low and shoot skyward, sheesh
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