This flower was from a morning Basset walk in Monterey. These bushes
line many of the streets in the cannery district of Monterey where
we were staying. There are several different varieties of them
and I will have photos of the others in the coming days.
I just scanned a few more rolls of film from my recent trip
to Monterey. It is a slow process. I am a bit fanatical about
getting detail out of the slides. So I push my scanner to the
limit and I only get about 40 scans on a DVD. But I think it
is worth it. I catalog the images on my computer and when I am
ready to make a print for a show I do not have to go find the slide
and scan it again. (I am much more organized in cyberspace than real
Incidentally, this is one of the main reasons I still don't use a
digital camera for "real" photography. To get a camera that would
come close to the resolution that I can get from film and a scanner
would cost $8000. (that still would not compare to the bit depth,
the number of colors. Which is what allows me to pull detail from the shadows)
And really, I would rather have an $80 camera
with me everywhere than an $8000 camera wrapped in bubble wrap at home.
The other reason I stick with film is I really like the film feel.
I am planning on renting some of the new digitals in the near future
just to keep up on what they can do and see if they are getting close.
But I have not seen anything convincing so far. I also like to be
able to encourage people to get into photography if they are interested.
Most people think it takes a huge investment. But it is more an
investment in time and love.