Thursday, April 21, 2016

HAVING SPENT THE MORNING

dumping shopping bags of photos from the good old days into plastic containers I couldn't help but be reminded of the cost of film and processing back then, which has now become totally obsolete as have picture frames that don't even fetch 50 cents at a garage sale.

You and I and many others spent silly sums to have pics we never put into albums, but had to have the shot in that moment. And even if u put them into albums u now have cartons full compared to having pics stored on smart phones and other devices.

Our goal is to go thru the plastic bins, find 6-10%that are worth keeping, scan them and put them on our computers for posterity, and probably never look at them again. That goal may go in the same direction as my weight loss one, leaving the plastic bins for my kids to trash or deal with as they see fit. Time will tell.

Enjoy your simpler "snap a picture" times.


Bye for Now,

Bill

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  2. As a child of the digital age I can tell you that we lose more of our photos (memories) as a result of digitization. For example when I was in high school there were both digital cameras and film cameras. Now if I look back and try to find photos from that time I only have the printed photos in albums. All of the digital ones have been lost to broken computers, crashed hard drives, lost scan disks and other pitfalls of digital technology. Those physical paper photos have real value and were worth lugging around over the years. Still to this day I select a large handful of digital photos each year and have them printed and placed in albums. This saves them from getting washed downstream in the deluge of data that we process in our daily lives. True Facebook catalogs our images and collects them for what seems like forever, but try to save and print one of those photos and you will find it has been compressed to a mere 70 or 80 KB nowhere near high enough resolution to make a quality print from. While digital photography technology is great for sharing in the moment, I still stick with the good old analog album for the long run.

    Also do you remember how different it was to shoot a roll of film and wait days to get the pictures back? You might shoot all thirty photos and get one that was a great shot. Then you would show it to your friends and brag about what a great photo it was. Heck if it was really good you might have it blown up and framed! Now we shoot tons of pictures on our phones until we get the perfect shot. Then we post them in our Instagram/Facebook alternate reality where everything is perfect and amazing. Ex. I went to Wolf Lake in Davie today. We had a nice time, it was pretty, at least when I had time to look between chasing the kids and lugging around all their stuff. But if you looked at my wife’s Instagram you would think we had travelled along with a natural geographic camera crew to somewhere fantastic. It can be interesting to step back and look for the point where our real lives and digital lives intersect.

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