May; 1972

by John D September. 26, 2020 139 views

Unfortunately, this is not uploading to PhotoBlog at full-res for some reason, so you’ll have to live with a smaller size.

I was 18-years-old when I took this, and a freshman at Penn State/Main Campus. At the time I was shooting a Canon AE1, but I don’t remember the lens. Most of my film-era color work was with transparency film, because I had heard that it was higher quality and lasted longer than negatives, and because slides are easier than prints/negatives to store and keep track of, if not display. I used Agfachrome just because it was cheaper than Kodak or Fujifilm, and I had better things to spend my money on.

This was my first college roommate in our dorm-room (Bigler Hall), though I don’t remember the guy’s name now. This was a setup shot, but the pose was not uncommon for either of us by this time. Ya-gots all kinds of education at college in those days.

I have a ton of old slides and prints hanging around, and this scan came out so well that I may do more. This was scanned with an Epson V600, which I bought some time ago specifically because it can handle transparencies. There is a special option available to shine the light down from the lid, rather than just up from the bed, and this way slides can be illuminated properly from behind, as they have to be.

The only “trick” here is that I scanned the image and the cardboard slide separately, and then brought them back together in a composite. This is the actual card of this image, however.

And if you are really sharp and know-your-film, you will see the “error” that gives away the composite nature of this.

The “error” is that the image is in its proper orientation as you look at it, which you can tell because you can read numbers and text. When looking at the logo of any slide, however, we should be looking at the rear, mirror-image, not the proper-image. Obviously, I did this for aesthetic reasons.

I also tried my hand at photojournalism for a little while back then too.

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