Old photos, dim shadows.

As I have mentioned before, the only trace of any photos I took before August of 2004 are mostly copies of photos I printed and gave to friends or that I did for some of the charities I shot pictures for.

Two old 4X6’s have turned up, not of course any of the 8X10 copies. These were two images I had always liked. Scanned from the photo since there are no negatives.

The First.

The date I took this is easy to remember. First light on January 1st, 2000. The Charles Street Bridge between Cambridge and Boston, taken from the Cambridge side. I was standing in the cold on the Parkway ramp. Sun is up but not over the horizon, the surface of the Charles River is lightly iced over. Donie is at the hotel, sleeping. We stayed in Boston for the festivities; the ice sculptures, fireworks and music.  I think I got the composition right or at least pretty good.

The Second.

One of my few computer composites. In April (2002 I think) I went to Lexington for the Patriots Day reenactments, and as thousands of others do, I took a photo of the Minuteman Memorial on the Green. Against a cloudless blue and boring sky.

Later that year (in August)  a terrifically dark and threatening mass of thunderclouds formed over the house in Weymouth.  With the roof peak of my old house poking up out of the bottom of the picture.

Put the two (carefully cropped) images together, a dramatic patriotic image.

I did better composites later, none exist now. Of course in those days everything started out as film, this was Velvia Slide Film, 100 ASA if I remember correctly. Great grain and vibrant color.

The slides were scanned into my computer, I can’t remember the model film scanner I had then. Today’s digital cameras can achieve results just as good as the 35mm slide and negatives, but my medium format negatives and slides were still superior. Of course I can’t supply the proof any more.

Anyone need some seven year old Velvia? I had my monthly shipment arrive a few days after the fire. Its in a drawer somewhere, about forty rolls I think.


About On the North River

Forty years toiled in the Tel-com industry, married for 36 years widowed at sixty-one. Tea Party supporter. Do like to kayak, cook, take photos, bike, watch old movies and read.
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