2001; A Photoshop Odyssey

There was a time before Photoshop and digital cameras.
For me that was about 15 years ago.

The three images here tell a little of the story. The first, a sheep on a hillside somewhere near Cymystwyth in Ceredigion, provided the raw material for a renaissance in my interest in photography. It was shot on film, one of the last rolls I would expose for about five or six  years.

For a couple of years I’d been scanning old family photos and cleaning them up and scanning old postcards to sell on eBay. I was using Photoshop as a touch-up and crop program.

With the hardware and software to hand it wasn’t long before I was scanning the occasional good photo that was coming back from the photo lab in St Mary’s Street.

The scanner and computer would conspire often to make this a headbangingly and thus painfully slow process.

I doubt I did much to it once I had it on screen.  But I liked doing it and I soon ran out of my own images to scan and ‘mess with’.

It wasn’t hard to persuade myself that the emulsion was now the costly bottleneck.  Calculating that the money saved on film and crappy quality processing could fund a new camera.

Hello Fuji FinePix 4900z!
What a lovely little camera you were.

Fuji FinePix 4900z

Fuji FinePix 4900z

And so began the years of expensive recording media and expensive storage media and hard drives that were over-filled. Oh and the damned printer and the rip-off ink. What happened to those savings I had promised myself? Not the earliest of adopters, I, but early enough to remember now puny memory cards that cost… well never mind, they cost a lot.

So, the two remaining images represent the ‘up’ side, my newly roused enthusiasm for getting out and about, and bleary-eyed learning sessions manipulating multiple images.

Here we have some rather lovely Camelias melded with pearl like rain drops. I had that one praised in AP.
The other is what happens when sunsets and Shevaughn collide with the stableyard at Llanerchaeron.

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Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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