I dislike winters - particularly the damp and dismal ones like we are currently experiencing.
Back in 1969-70 I spent 4 months on a training course in the Stoke-on-Trent area. We were picked up by a mini-bus and ferried to the course and taken back to our digs each evening. Throughout the time I don't think I ever saw real daylight as it was always dark when we were in transit and the course location had few windows. Still working for the same company - but at least I sit next to a window here :-)
Anyway this was the first morning that I have arrived at work in daylight - so summer ca't be far away.
But to keep me cheerful - here is the February email I have been sending out.
Now over 23,000 railway, and other transport pictures on-line on the TOPticl website
TOPticl Digital Memories is now in its tenth year and I have processed over 20,000 pictures sent to me by people wishing to preserve their photos and memories.
Most pictures are in good condition, but they also show signs of wear and deterioration. And often the ones in the worst condition are the favourites - as those are the ones most likely to have been handled the most.
My job has been to restore the photos to their original state (or better) and provide a future proof and secure digital copy. Not only is it easy to make duplicates I also store every photo here in multiple locations, so even of you lose your copies I can provide another.
If you want to save your collection before the fungus and damp gets to it then let me preserve it for you.
See the Restoration page on this site for some examples of the sort of thing I can do.
December started with a flurry of orders for my processing service. Got them completed and delivered back to their owners.
All the customer admin completed, but one of the orders was just a batch of negatives with no accompanying details, so waiting for the photographer to look at the digital copies and give me some details - so much easier to view them on a screen than to try holding the negative up to the light.
However as usual from this guy some really nice shots. So I am uploading what I can to my Latest Additions area - as is. Then when the details come in I can update these pictures and move them to there proper place.
Also - from another photographer - a new category for me - "Road vehicles" - I have buses but this batch is from an early run of the Trans Pennine Vintage Commercial Vehicles Run so buses and other commercial vehicles. If you look at the pictures you will see these vintage vehicles driving along the A658 amongst "modern" traffic - but all of those cars would now be considered "vintage" themselves - so a double hit for any enthusiast of such transport.
Any comments welcome - to view this new gallery look here
Another year dashes by - almost Christmas - I swear it happens twice a year, it certainly seems like it.
The only visible signs of change here has been the addition of about 100 ship photos from my Isle of Man correspondent. He really is a globe trotter, scenes from New Zealand via Dubai and some shots nearer to home from the Benelux area.
Other than that I have been busy processing photos for people who want to keep their collection private. That is their choice and I am happy to respect their wishes.
If you have lots of photos you want me to digitise I am more than happy to help. It is your decision whether the pictures go public (and earn you a little money!)
October nearly over and the supermarkets are stocking up for Christmas (baa humbug!!!).
Just completed the latest batch of 1000 slides and uploaded them to the Latest Additions. A heavy Scottish bias once again. This time it's all about the late 80's and early 90's, so lots of the new Sectorisation liveries.
The previous batch of slides has been selling well on eBay - the original slides that is, so there are obviously many people out there who like the format of the original 35mm slide. But once I have sold the original the only option is print or digital download.
Well, I intend to change that. I want to start offering brand new 35mm slides taken from the old ones. This means a nice clean slide holder and a crisp and restored image - no dirt, no fungus and no fingerprints, and if the original was badly composed or badly lit, then the new one will be "improved" to the best of mt skills.
To test the water I am going to offer this "new slide" service to anyone who reads this and requests more details - so please get in touch if you want a physical 35mm slide of ANY picture and we can discuss the options.
Once I establish the demand I will offer this on my standard pricelist
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