Fragments Forgotten

Milepost 166 / Digital Photo / Fred First / Floyd County, Virginia
You’re right: this is NOT a recent photo. And yes, I have some current photos I intend to post later this week, but they just might be mixed in with some found yesterday in the archives that never saw the light of day when they were current. Why now, you ask? Picasa, he says.

I have a friend who recently purchased a Canon XT1 (probably far more camera than he’ll ever use). He told me the other day how exasperated he is with the overkill of Photoshop Elements that came with the camera. He basically wants to point and shoot and send email pix to his kids. “Why are the pictures so darned huge? I don’t want them any bigger than the screen!” I didn’t even bother explaining.

I told him that the next time I was over, I’d install a more elemental program for doing minor edits and making his pix files smaller for email. (I had Irfanview in mind) and that’s when I revisited Picasa for my friend, but ended up installing it on my machine–a couple of years since uninstalling the beta that did not meet my needs.

There have been many improvements since beta. The program will view Nikon Camera RAW format now. It gives me more options about how I sort my “slides”. It has nice visual tools that make it easier and more enjoyable to browse the 15,000 digital photographs in MyPictures.

And that’s how I stumbled upon the scenery you see here–and a couple of others from the Way Back Machine I might post in coming days and weeks. And I have to admit: letting the images drive the emails will increase the number of emailed pix leaving Goose Creek. Heck, even a pharmacist can do it!

Be sure and click the small picture to see the larger one. Landscapes just don’t survive being squished into a 450-pixel-wide spot!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I really enjoy going back over pics taken long ago and occasionally rescuing one from the “Island of Misfit Pictures”, especially when I don’t have new ones to work with. Sometimes I apply newer Photoshop techniques learned since the pic was taken and they come out looking really nice. Looking forward to seeing your images from the WBM (Way Back Machine).

  2. wow, fred! beautiful photo! you should make postcards…that’s prettier than most i see. i still haven’t quite figured out how to make sure people can click on images i post to see the enlarged version. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

  3. Lookin’ good Fred.
    I am almost embarrassed to admit that I’ve used Picasa since I discovered it a year or better ago. I even like the way it posts to blogger (with a few tweaks in the html once it’s up there). I even use it for quick and dirty tweaks to the family pictures when I don’t want to spend the time in Photoshop for snapshots. It’s quick and nondestructive with your originals…