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Rebuilding My Tall Ships Montage

(A reprint of a post I wrote on 25-Nov-2007.)

In 1976 I sailed, as a passenger, on the Roseway (see below) from Camden, Maine, to New York for Operation Sail, a gathering of hundreds of sailboats to celebrate the Bicentennial, on July 4, 1976.
The main attraction was 16 tall ships.

“Tall ship” doesn’t have an exact definition, but they are all large and square-rigged.
The Roseway isn’t a tall ship—it’s a schooner that’s only about 130 feet long and squeezes in about 35 passengers plus crew.

I shot a few hundred pictures during the 2-week voyage from Maine to New York and back.
My camera at the time was a completely manual Konica FP SLR.
(Shortly thereafter I switched to a Canon AE-1, the first entirely electronic SLR.)
Later in 1976, as I was going through my 4×5 prints, I made the happy discovery that I had at least one photo of each of the 16 tall ships.
I didn’t remember all of the names, so I matched the photos against those in an Op Sail ’76 guidebook I had bought somewhere along the way.
Then I arranged them into a 4-by-4 grid and mounted them in a large frame.
I must have been pleased with my work because I took a picture of it (above).

Years later, the pictures all fell from the mounting board (I recall that they were fastened with double-sided Scotch tape) and collected in a pile at the bottom.
None of the pictures were labeled, but they had been arranged in alphabetical order.
The guidebook disappeared, too.

Earlier this year [2007] I scanned all 1000-or-so of my slides, including the few hundred from Op Sail.
Just today, I decided it was time to try to find the original 16 photos that were in the montage so I could put it back together, but this time digitally.
I didn’t have the original prints (I’m sure they’re around somewhere), but I did have that shot of the framed arrangement.
Also, I remembered seeing that guidebook and found it on the basement shelves where I keep my old books.

I got them all matched except for the Mircea (bottom-left).
I either lost that slide or didn’t scan it, but, rather than go back to the slide tray to see, I just used another taken a few seconds later.

Here’s the result: All digital, rearranged into the same montage (without tape, this time).
Note how I was able to improve the white balance and exposure with Lightroom.

Larger versions of these images, along with the names and countries, are on my
SmugMug site.

ZipVerifier 1.01

A few bugs fixed that resulted in external verification failing when the archive was good. Any archives reported as good were good.

 Download here.

Verifying and Uploading Large Archives of Photos with ZipVerifier and S3BigUpload

Introducing two new apps for preparing large image archives and uploading them to Amazon S3 and Glacier. Designed for the backup of last resort, to be retrieved only if all other backups have been destroyed. The emphasis is on verifying that the archive is absolutely correct and that the upload, which could take days, completes and is correct.

Read all about it here.

Changes coming

Starting very soon, I’m going to write some actual articles here, not just short notes about app updates. I’ve done this on and off over the years, and now it will be on.


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New home page

With all the screen sizes out there, it’s not just an iPhone/iPad/laptop/desktop world anymore. Now the home page uses Masonry for layout, so it works on any size screen. Most of the rest of the site is still the same.

New Site

I’ve revamped for easier navigation and a much better mobile layout. The small news window is now  front-and-center, and I plan to post blog entries that are more than just notes about new versions. I’ve also added a gallery of my latest photos. All of the previous content is still there, but now accessible by menus that appear on every page.