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Scanning the Past - In Color

Updated on October 26, 2012
Daisy garden 1973
Daisy garden 1973 | Source

Film and Slide Converter

In the digital age it seemed film and slides got left behind, but this is no longer true. A film and slide scanner can salvage those forgotten images from the past and convert them easily into digital.

I bought the cheapest scanner I could find just to try it out, and I wasn't disappointed. The Innovative Technology film and slide converter is a USB connect device for PCs (unfortunately is not MAC compatible). I paid 59.99 Canadian for the bare bones model and it does everything I need, scans, displays, and saves the image to my picture files. The resolution is high too, so I get a good quality print. Enough said. The rest of this page is a photo gallery of some long lost negatives I dug up from my archives.

Artsy Cat 1973
Artsy Cat 1973 | Source
Bed Cat 1973
Bed Cat 1973 | Source

The Quebec City photos below were taken on a highschool trip across Canada.

I must have borrowed my parents camera. I like the slides because the date is printed on each one.

Bell Tower Quebec City 1966
Bell Tower Quebec City 1966 | Source
Quebec City 1966
Quebec City 1966 | Source
Quebec City 1966
Quebec City 1966 | Source
Moving Sunset
Moving Sunset | Source

The Quebec City view above was manipulated to remove color. The Sunset photo on the right is blurred as it was taken from a moving train.

An artist friend used to keep all my blurred photos for her paintings.

Winnipeg Square 1966
Winnipeg Square 1966 | Source

All of the above photos were converted from slides.

The slides are easy to work with, and I really like the results.

Below are a couple of photos that I included because they are fun, not necessarily the best quality.

In the Flower child photo my friend has spent the afternoon weaving wildflowers into a garland for her hair. Behind her a young couple in our group is running carefree through the meadow.

Below my friend Susan poses on a bus stop bench beside a poor elderly lady who did not seem to be aware that I was focusing on her for my 'Old and Young' composition.

Flower child  v burroughs photo
Flower child v burroughs photo
Old and Young -  Vancouver, BC 1973
Old and Young - Vancouver, BC 1973 | Source
Winter Trees - Kits Beach, Vancouver, BC 1973
Winter Trees - Kits Beach, Vancouver, BC 1973 | Source


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      Verlie Burroughs 2 years ago from Canada

      Hi Dream On, I was happy to find this low priced slide and negative scanner, and to revisit those old pictures. I've not used it for awhile, but may get back into it when I get time. Thanks for the visit and your thoughtful comment. :)

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      What a great way to introduce the past to the present. I always love old pictures. Now I have to see where my old slides or pictures are. Dust them off and relive all that is beautiful. I enjoyed your memories.

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      Verlie Burroughs 3 years ago from Canada

      Hi Glenn, Yes we are fortunate to have this technology. I was worried the slides would eventually go the way of the Dodo bird. Appreciate you taking the time to comment. Thanks!

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I have one of those scanners. I had a lot of slides left over from my parents taken back in the 1950's and early 60's also, and I scanned them into my computer too. These things are precious.

      I like your pictures. That one you call the moving sunset is colorful, and the blurred effect from the moving train gives it some interesting appeal.

      The two pictures from Quebec City showing the same view from different angles is also interesting. Changing one of them to black-and-white was a nice touch. For some reason it shows more detail in black-and-white.

      You didn't mention it, but I caught what looks like the crescent moon in your last photo. Cool!

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      Verlie Burroughs 3 years ago from Canada

      Hi AliciaC, How encouraging to see your comment, especially since this piece has been unfeatured due to lack of engagement...Thanks!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love these photos, snakeslane. Each one is beautiful or interesting - or both at the same time! A scanner for photos is very useful. Looking at photos of the past can bring back so many memories.

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Kathi, thank you! The slide/negative scanner is definitely a great tool. Glad you enjoyed the pics.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hello Snakeslane, I see you've been around as long a I have! lol . . . I especially love the flower girl shot. Thanks for the tech update! Kathi :O)

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Thank you R, I'm enjoying the scanner. Quebec City is amazing, I would love to go back again too. Hope you take some great pics. Cheers.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for a look at using a film/slide converter and for sharing some of your work/memories. Enjoyed seeing the photos. Quebec City was part of a family trip for us and I've always wanted to go back. Your last shot makes me want to spend the rest of today taking photographs.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Ed, Not to worry, I am not going anywhere. Appreciate you stopping by, and thanks for the 'awesome'. I have some catching up to do myself. See you in the Hubs!

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      ahorseback 5 years ago

      You know, somewhere I followed you and have missed out on your awesome writing , I'll fix that right now !.........Ed

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Alun, Thank you. The film and slide scanning is quite rewarding. I'm hoping to get some kind of busness venture going with it. Still lots of details to figure out.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Mar, Thank you so much! I get very excited with the image making. And love digging around in the past. If this is helpful to anyone else I am happy. Your support is much appreciated, always good to see you.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK

      snakeslane; a nice page complimentary to your 'Scanning the Past - in Black and White' hub. Many people must have old slides and negatives, so if this hub puts ideas into the heads of some of those people, then many of these old slides and negatives will have new life breathed into them. Hubs like this can only encourage everyone to make more use of their old photos. Voted up. Alun.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Miss Lane,

      Obviously so behind in my good reading and happy to have seen this.

      It reminds me how very talented you are in so many subjects and what a fine teacher you are to all of us. You are meant to be creative... It is in your blood.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Good morning Peg, Thank you! I was so excited trying out the slide and film scanner I just had to see it on the page. Now I am worried about the quality of the photos (dust and scratches), but I have since learned about ways to remove some of that using GIMP2 photo editing tools, and thinking about doing some before and after shots. See how one thing leads to another, it's endless!

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Love these great examples of bringing old photos into today's media. You certainly have an eye for photography. The pic of the old and young is a wonderful study of time. Your 'Artsy Cat' looks very much like Tiny. And 'Winter Trees', well you know how I love trees! Well done.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Eddy, Thank you for your generous upbeat comment!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant once again my friend and here's to so many more for us both to share o here.


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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Vincent, I put the Winnipeg picture in just for you. Glad you found it. The Portage and Main corner is very familiar to me because it is close to the train station where I got out and walked around at least four times on trips across Canada in 1966/67. Quebec City was amazing. I went there with a school group and we stayed in the top of an old monastery building with incredible views of the old city. Thank you for stopping by .

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi always, This is pretty low tech. If I can do it, you can do it lol. Btw, that flower child is not me. I was taking the picture. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      What a pleasant memory of Quebec city and friends throughout the sixties and seventies. I remember those places well being from Montreal I often visited Quebec city with friends. What an interesting shot of the most windiest corner in Canada. Portage and Main with the heritiage Bank of Montreal and Border Services Bldg to the south. They are both standing proud and erect, although there is no longer a pedestrian crossing available at the corner of Main and Portage, one walks underground now. There were to many pedestrian accidents in the past I imagine. Nicely shared, loved the colors contrasting the past.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is great to be able to show pictures of the past, now if my little tech brain would function, I might try this. Oh, BTW you were a beautiful flower child..cheers..

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      drbj, You are very welcome. It all seemed so complicated and mysterious to me until I finally bought one and there's nothing to it! Now I wonder what took me so long. You will love it! Hope you make a Hub or two with your old photos. I will be watching for that. Re: the composition, thank you. I think it may have been beginners luck.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks mckbbks. I can't wait to get them on the page. I think I will come back later and add some detail about the actual scanner (s) and the process involved, maybe even make it a commercial hub, which would be a first. Meanwhile, just having a stroll down memory lane. Nice of you to come along :)

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for the info about the USB-connect scanner, snakeslane. I need to find me one of those. I have hundreds of photos taken back in the day with a plain old camera and it would be very convenient to have them available on my computer.

      BTW, you do have the knack of professional composition in your photos. Just sayin'.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      snakeslane, what a very nice walk you have taken us on . You old photos have been brought back to live. The photo of Quebec City shows such detail, it is