Well over a year since I wrote anything here.
I’m not much of a writer so I tend to put off this chore, and as always, I have been super busy.
Of course, the world is now a very different place and we are all waiting for the “new normal”.
The company I work for has just declared that in the new world that working from home will be the default for all staff. I’d been trying to encourage them in that direction for years but it took a global pandemic to prove me right.
On the TOPticl scene there are now 53,000+ images on this website. I have also started a new project to try and find a picture of every BR diesel and electric loco in its various number identities. I am looking for the 1948 number, the D/E number and the TOPS number of every loco, where applicable. This is a private project as many of the images come from copyrighted sources, so I can’t share them here. But I would be interested to hear from anyone with a similar aim.
And as always I am always looking for collections to digitise. It is amazing how good the image taken from a negative or slide looks on a 60inch screen.
I have just realised that I have not added my regular email "news bulletins" here (must try harder!!). SO I am now adding some highlights from previous emails - which should have been in this blog: Here is one from December last year:
By the time you read this Christmas – the main event – will be over. I hope you had a happy and relaxing time with your loved ones. I also hope that 2019 brings you peace and happiness.
From my point of view this website is great. It shows all my pictures and people can browse and add pictures to their Cart and pay immediately. All I need to do is package up the pictures and send them off - simple.
But what if you are not quite sure and you want to discuss before you actually pay. Well that is pretty easy too.
Login – it is best to register then anything you have put in your cart is remembered if you have to go away and come back!!
Registering is free and doesn't commit you to anything.
October is nearly over and the dark nights (and mornings) are with us once again. It looks like last weekend was the end of summer. I spent the weekend National Trust “bashing” in Kent and Surrey. Clear blue skies and temperatures still in the 20’s. Remarkably the rose gardens were still in full bloom and the scent was still strong and heady.
But the heating kicked in yesterday morning so time to wrap up warm for the months ahead.
I finished the bulk of the loose photos I had been given (almost exactly 6000 prints). Next on the list are about 20 albums which I will have to take apart to scan the pictures (many of the album pages have lost their “sticky” – but the residue on the back causes havoc with the scanner – so these will take a while. L
I think I am going to postpone this job and I have now received a collection of slides and negatives. Many featuring shunters! A bit more interesting and less use of cleaner to keep the scanner pristine.
The website is getting a bit untidy so I am going to also try and rearrange things into a more logical order. Of course the best way to find anything is to use the Search button (top right on the screens).
Whilst I am sorting out the images you may see some double hits with images in two different locations. Once I have sorted it all out this duplication should disappear.
Finally, this latest batch has several hundred negatives. Not had a chance to inspect them, but I am curious if anyone collects negatives? My preference is for digital images, but lots of people still prefer slides – so does anyone collect negatives? If so get in touch and I’ll send you details when I get around to examining these negatives.
If you were paying attention you will know that I received 6000 photos in early August to add to my existing collection of over 30,000 images.
Here is what I do with each photo to add it to my collection.
Firstly I scan it to the highest possible resolution. I always scan over-large so as not to miss any details on the edge of the image. Then I crop and tidy up the scan to ensure everything is visible. Next I add all the details of subject, location and date to my database. I add identification to the image and file it away. I then prepare two thumbnail images for use for display on the various outlets, adding appropriate watermarks. I then restore the image to remove blemishes and adjust the image if the original lighting is poor. Finally I make duplicate copies both on my computer and “in the cloud” to insure against loss. All of this takes a minimum of 15 minutes per image, often longer.
So that’s 4 images an hour. Say I work flat out for 10 hours a day. It is 40 days since I got these photos, so I should have done 1600 by now.
I have actually done 3750. I’ll leave you to wonder how I do it.
At the moment if you select a 6x4 image you only get the option to buy the actual print for a bargain 49p. I will try and update this to give you more options soon. But in the meantime if you want the image in other formats get in touch.
And of course all my other pictures are available on my site and various auction site. Follow the links below
(aka TOPSie; aka TOPticl)
(use these links to begin your search)
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