Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

new scanner

I purchased a new photo scanner on my way home from work yesterday, an Epson Perfection V500! It scans photos, slides, negatives and documents. There were a total of three Epson photo scanners that I was interested in. This model happened to be on sale. I could have bought the V600 for another 20 dollars but the main difference between it and the one I purchased was that it could identify characters in documents and one had the option of making changes. Since I don't have any documents that would require that option, I opted to go with the one on sale and wait until the technology improves, and it will, before getting a scanner with that option.

So, now I plan to work on setting up the scanner over the weekend and then do a few test scans to see what it can do. After that, I have about 40 or more years of my own photos to work with and then more that belonged to my father. My father's photos are from the late 1940s and the 1950s. His photos taken during the 1930s and early 1940s were lost as a result of WWII. There are also family albums and other photos going back to as far back as 1916. I'll be scanning as time allows and will do this over the winter months. I hope to start with slides from my trip to Europe during the summer of 1972. Berlin (Germany), Strasbourg (France), Carcassonne (France) and Lauterbrunnen (Switzerland) seem to be a good start. What do you think?

Have an awesome weekend! Look for more soon!!! - V


Anonymous said...

sweet blog!

SpiritMountainGuy said...

Thanks! I hope to have some really interesting posts once my photo scanner is up and running. Its taking a bit longer than planned because of computer issues. Be patient!!! - V