Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What An Age...

Had to share this one.
So, yesterday, I'm checking my e-mail on the iPad, and I got an e-mail on my home account that I had a voice mail message. I was able, from my camp chair in front of my camper, to listen to a voice mail message left on my home answering machine from a doctor's office about an appointment the Mrs. had made that needed to be changed.
Naturally, I thought, I have to blog this.
So, using the same iPad - which I paid extra to get the 3G-enabled version, because Mama G. didn't raise any dummies - I banged out this blog post while sitting in that same camp chair watching my daughter ride her new bike all through the campground. Self, I thought, life is pretty damn sweet.
I've been InstaBooking a good deal of the trip, taking random shots from around the Cape as we recreate. It's partially because I want to make y'all jealous, and partially because it's a great permanent record of "What I Did On My Summer Vacation". All I have to do is flip through my Instagram uploads or my Facebook posts to relive my vacation - I can even pull everything from this week into an album, saved forever.
I remember back when you'd get a couple rolls of film for the Kodak Instamatic, and you'd get those developed at FotoMat. After a week or so, you'd get the happy fun pouch of joy containing your 48 pictures (and the negatives, in case the urge to suddenly build a darkroom and make copies ever struck, I suppose). Usually, there'd be about three or four really good pictures out of the group, a couple dozen mediocre ones, and five or six that made you scratch your head and wonder what you were trying to accomplish.
We took a Canal Cruise yesterday. I took over 400 pictures of both sides of the canal. It would have cost me a small fortune just to *buy* the film, let alone develop it - we gave TheBoy two disposable cameras to take with him to Boy Scout camp, and it was $22 to develop 54 pictures! I can go back through the pictures I took and simply delete those that didn't work - although thanks to the viewscreen on the Nikon, most of those are deleted as they happen.
Technologically, this is the greatest time to be a photojournalist. Expect a bunch of photoblog posts next week when I get home and can process all these pictures. Right now I'm over 800 pictures in three days; I expect to top nearly 2K when all is said and done - and these will fit on one memory card.
There are times when I really like living in the future.
That is all.
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad


Ross said...

Sounds like my FB post last weekend marveling about living in the 21st century because I was able to deposit checks to my account when I was 200+ miles from my bank, thanks to the new cell phone app from my bank. Just took pictures of the front and rear of the check...

However... Jay, you're a young'n. I remember dropping off our film to the Kodak plant on RT 208 in Fair Lawn and getting SLIDES back. Those were color, of course.

But I also DID have a darkroom, loaded Tri-X and Plus-X from a bulk loader into 35mm film cassettes and then developed the film and the prints myself. Got lazy later on and switched to color print film, which had to be commercially developed because back in the 70's, color film was VERY sensitive to temperature changes... and I didn't want to deal with having to heat or cool the solutions as needed.

Kind of miss it, in some ways - it was sort of like a secret rite - the darkened room, the little red light which you turned off sometimes as even that was too much light, the smell of the chemicals, the trip down to Fair Lawn camera for developer, stop bath, etc.

Good times.

Dave H said...

Those negatives you got back from Fotomat were in case you wanted reprints or enlargements. You had to take them back to Fotomat to get reprints. Nobody in his right mind made color prints at home. I should know - I tried it. At $8 per print ($12 in my case, counting the cost of failures) I figured Fotomat was a much better deal.

One thing that concerns me in this age of modern miracles is that we're generating so much data, how the heck will we ever find something? Sure, we can store it no problem - disk drives are getting cheaper and The Cloud is getting bigger by the minute - but finding something specific in that pile is a growing challenge.

Like my boss told me 30 years ago, "Data storage is easy. Now data retrieval - that's where there's money to be made." Google has proved him right.