Shorelines have been one of my favorite areas to photograph for as long as I can remember. So it seemed natural for me to gravitate to my “Shorelines” folder in my cabinet to see if I could resurrect a few slides via my D800 method. I picked a few from pretty far back in 1999 that cover shores in the Great Lakes to the shores of the Caribbean island of Cayman Brac.
I had a funny thought when working with these images that were originally captured on film. “Boy, this film has a lot of noise!” Even for a fine grained film known to be the go to standard at the time for nature – Fuji Velvia.
It is amazing how much our expectations change with the current technology of cameras that can deliver such clarity in photographs to ISO’s never thought possible in the film days. I imagined a generation of nature photographers or photo editors that might see some film images and wonder how any photograph got published prior to digital. A nightmare that hopefully will never come true.
Within a few pages of slides I also pulled up some photographs from a diving trip to Cayman Brac. I had completely forgotten about the high cliff shoreline bluffs there. I only had this one photograph and don’t quite remember why just one. This looked like an awesome shoreline area to explore. I only have vague memories of venturing out to find some caves in the area, and perhaps there was a timeline for us to get back for some more diving. A typical conflict when you want to photograph both on land and underwater.
These nostalgic trips through my slide archives are probably signs of a desire to go on a trip soon. But they are also reminders and appreciation of how many places I have been, and some photographs that get to see the light of day again.