On This Date: Photo taken 12/29/2014

This photograph’s the December image for the calendar I made for friends and family members this year, so they’ll find it familiar. Except my calendar’s printer added a whole bunch of orange to the mix.

I don’t object to their version, but it ain’t my version.

One of my dad’s coworkers did custom photo processing for customers of Kalamazoo’s camera shop, Norman Camera. Can’t say I understood the need until I started scanning negatives, and discovered how much control the photo lab has (had?) over the final print. For most photographs it doesn’t much matter, but I’ve learned that a lab tech can ruin–or save–an image by making decisions about cropping and exposure. The best lab staffers were very good about this; others seem to have treated the job as basically mechanical.

Obviously this is still true, though the media’s changed.

Number of pix taken on various December 29ths: 132
Year of oldest photo: 2007

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 11
  • 3 Stars: 99
  • 4 Stars: 16
  • 5 Stars: 5
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