This is an early morning shot of the old school near Haven Beach and a prime example of a location that will be going in the book I'm
supposed to be working on, Mathews County Then and Now. I'm taking the "Now" shots and must locate the "Then" shots to match.
I can take photos all day long, no problem. The problem lies in trying to locate all the "then" photos to go along with mine.
And that's not all.
There are very stringent technical requirements for the shots. Photocopies are no good. Scanned copies of originals are acceptable provided they are of a certain quality. Digital photos must be saved as TIFF files.
Did I mention I've never heard of a tiff unless you're talking about a spat, and we aren't?
Did I mention that I don't know how to use a scanner, much less ensure proper resolution, cropping, output or print size; color (what is grayscale?); descreening; etc.? I thought descreening was what my cats do to my windows. Who knew it was also a scanning term?
Also? If I want to copy files or photos or what not from the main drive on my computer to a CD? Doesn't work. Even Chesapeake Bay Son says so, so it's not just me. Therefore, I need a new computer, but there are only two problems: money and
fear of change money. Never mind that I would have no idea what to get even if I had the money.
So, let' recap the challenges:
1. Locate 80 high-quality, vintage photos of typical Mathews scenes, such as schools, churches, the court house, wharves, estates, homes, etc. (Not easy.)
2. Take 80 high-quality photos to match the 80 older/vintage ones. (Daunting, but doable.)
3. Get (1) and (2) into the proper technical format. (Impossible for me. Does not compute.)
4. Research each location and write a blurb describing the major changes over the years for each pair of photos. (Not impossible, but not easy.)
5. Need a new computer.
If anyone reading has access to old photographs or post cards of Mathews, and/or if anyone knows anything about what scanner or computer I need to complete this project, please let me know.
The ideal computer must
not cost anything manipulate and save photos in TIFF format; multi-task; do the laundry; cook supper, and cut the lawn while ferrying children to and from school activities and the orthodontist that's an hour away.
The scanner must be able to produce images at a resolution of no less than 300 dots per inch and save as TIFFs. In spite of how it appears to me, the previous sentence was written in English and is not Lithuanian. What, pray tell, is
resolution a TIFF?
You can e-mail me at ChesapeakeBayWoman@gmail.com (or my other e-mail if you have it) or leave a comment here. The main priority right now is in acquiring the photos and then scanning them. Oh, also in acquiring the proper technology. Plus learning how to use it. Then doing all the research. While parenting two children.
p.s. Since I already have a day job, I'll just plan on doing all this during the hours ordinarily set aside for sleeping, i.e. midnight to five a.m.
p.s. Part II This means that at some point in the near future, my blog is going to switch from daily postings to twice or three times a week. Or less. (Hold your applause.)
p.s. Part III Thanks for letting me