Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Flatting The Slab

The back side of the slab has a hump down the middle like the joined edge was not square. There is no twist and the join lines are good. I thought about splitting the slab and re-glueing for a couple of seconds. Instead I'll just plane the hump out, "just" he says. I expect some noodle arms and a lot of moaning and groaning by the time the job is done. That's the bad, the good is I have a couple of wood stock Jacks and a ECE scrub to do the job. I've already dulled all three so it is time to take a break before sharpening.

When I break I'll spend some time going through more of the photo files. It is a slow slog going through the "Raw Download" files. First there are a ton of 'em. Back in the day I had a rule that I had to shoot a minimum of 80 square inches of film a day. That was at least four 4X5 or one roll of either 35mm or 120 film. That's the bad news, the good is most of the photos are on film and only the last few years were digital.  BTW, the negative files and prints will follow.

Here is one of the photos I found last night, if you look real hard you can see MsBubba in a white shirt (it should have been red) next to the rock:

One from the airport:

One more from the Houston Family series:



  1. Good shots, good eyes (probably got the expression backward, but heh Im Francophone :-)

    Curious to hear what you are going to use to digitize some or all?
    For a while I was shooting strictly slides in 35 MM then I got an Hasselblad 2 and 1/4 in format. Love that camera, long kaput :-(

    Got boxes of slides and prints to digitize have yet to find a home solution that works good. Any ideas?

    Bob, the amateur photographer

    1. Bob,


      You should know by now never ask me the time, I'll start building a damn clock. I was one of the early adapters to digital photography. Mostly in rebellion to the preciousness of "Art World" photographs. If you have ever worked in a darkroom you know how much time it takes to make a single photograph, which leads to few photographs produced and a high price on those few. I saw digital as a way to break that cycle and get my work to more people. At the time I was using a Leica M-6 and while not really street photography more diary or story telling.

      I will cut to the chase. I shot color negative and used a Nikon film scanner to turn the negatives to digital files https://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/scanner/. I used the scanner until I bought my first digital camera. Frankly if I were to ever do serious photography again I'd go back to that system even though the new digital cameras are great cameras there ain't nothing like a Leica M-6 for capturing the moment.

      Check the link, it is a great system.