I’ve managed to borrow a slide scanner from a friend, it’s pretty old, but good quality. A Nikon Coolscan V. To make it work with my Windows 8 computer I’ve bought some software called Vuescan – $39. I probably could have found a way round it so that I didn’t have to pay anything, but do you know what? Life’s too short and I couldn’t be bothered with any more faffing around. It works a treat so now I have to start working out the best resolution to scan it for longevity’s sake before I go mad scanning all the slides I have. Well, there will be some judicious editing going on – there are a lot of pics of weddings of lost-in-the-mists-of-time relatives and of unpeopled (and therefore undatable) Versailles. Some are a little out of focus, but actually I think that adds to their charm and filmishness. This one above, for example, is from the ship that my parents came over on (HMS Ragitane – the second) before it left Wellington in 1958.
This is looking down the Champs Elysee from the top of the Arc de Triomphe in 1959. I may have to go to Paris to retake this as comparison!
I’m stopping there, otherwise nothing else will get done this evening. It will all come together eventually.