Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Baby Bucky



I just went through a major project of digitalizing about twenty years of film negatives.

We took lots of pictures in our early days together and when the pups and Henry were little. We keep the good ones in our album, but the "not so good" ones are scattered around in various boxes. Over the years, the good ones were taken out for reprint or scan, now I can't find some of them. It's a bear to go through a thousand negatives to find "the cute one" of Henry wearing my first knitted baby sweater.

Couple of weeks ago we happened to go to Fry's and I found this scanner that had an attachment and software that could scan negatives. If I take all the negatives out to the camera store they'd charge $0.75 per strip, so everything I stashed in the shoe box would add up to more than $200. The scanner was less than $200, and I don't have to count on some teenager with my precious life long memories. It was an easy decision.

But the scanning was so labor intensive! I can scan two strips at a time, takes about twenty minutes from prep to finish. The negatives have to go in the frame just so, or we'd get the edges and the pictures are no good. It took me a good part of two weeks, scanning every night, and whenever I had a few minutes on weekends.

It's finished, done. I'm happy.

Today I share with you a picture of Bucky's babyhood. He was about ten weeks old, about three or four pounds. He liked to play with the tennis ball, because it was Trinket's toy. His mouth was not big enough to pick up the ball, so he chewed it with those sharp milk teeth until he could grab hold of some thread. Trinket would try to play ball and Bucky would jump all over the place to fight him and grab the ball. Then Bucky would run and hide and play "poor little me". Amazing how he survived it.

9 comments:

soulbrush said...

what an adorable photo. and a very woofy thursday to you too.

gaylen said...

What a lovely photo and a great idea. Will it also scan photos you don't have negatives for? I should do that too - in this age of digital everything. g

Amy said...

ah, so cute it hurts ;)

Marjie said...

I have all of my negatives safely archived and stored, and I shudder to think of how long it would take me to scan 25 years' worth. But now you can show us Bucky's baby picture! They're so cute!

knittinwolf said...

Sooooo cute! Happy DOT!

dogquilter said...

What a cutie! It seems like forever ago that cameras had film and negatives! We've come so far and fortunately it's much easier for storage on cd's. Sounds like a lot of scanning so have fun. :)

dogyarnfun said...

I need to digitize all my older photos too. Not looking forward to this activity at all even though it will be worth it in the end. I feel for you.

Jennifer said...

Good for you for getting all your negatives updated. We haven't even finished copying our home videos over to dvd yet :) Progress sure is busy-making.

Cute, cute Bucky. Will have to show this one to my kids, except then they will want to get a pug puppy...

Lynn said...

I have so many pictures too. I've been scanning my favorites in as I go along, but there are SOOO many. I give you lots of credit in getting this project done. Now you just need to burn them to a cd or a thumb drive and put them in a fire box.