BA Calcutta (Failed)

Here are three more scans and again they are not quite 100% but I am not really sure what I should expect from commercially batch-scanned transparencies. I paid HK$10 each – about US1.25c – for higher res scans but they are of course only jpegs and there is a limit to what I can do in post processing. To be honest, not a lot.

The first one, a Hoopoe, I think I took in Dubai on one of the golf courses. I don’t remember which. It was very odd to wander around the course (as a ‘retired’ golfer) and see things like Cream-coloured courser, Hoopoe and I think Little Green Bee-eater. Much more interesting than hooking the ball out of bounds and shouting ‘fore’ every other swing. The colours look a little odd – a slight colour cast – but playing with the tint sliders in Lightroom didn’t do much.

Hoopoe

Below is a Nazca Booby, taken in the Galapagos. Originally down as a race of Masked Booby this is now a full species I believe. Here the challenge would have been a predominantly pure white plumaged bird surrounded by dark rocks and blue sea.

Nazca-Booby

And this is Yellow-crowned Night Heron looking decidedly hung over. Perhaps he should have had one less Harvey Wallbanger the night before. Oh my head hurts. Never again.

Yellow-crowned-Night-Heron

What you think of the scans? Is it worth doing another batch? I quite enjoy setting up the light-box, getting the loupe out and examining the slides to see which still pass the test of time. I was not really a bird photographer in those days. I was a birder who took photos – important difference. I then transmogrified into a would-be bird photographer (BA Calcutta, Failed)  and now slowly I am morphing  into an idle birder who occasionally ventures afield with his camera. I think its a function of Anno Domini.

Out to dinner tonight at the club for a pre-Christmas dinner with the children before we fly out on Friday. I was happy to see our chosen airline, Qatar Airways, has been chosen 2012 Airline of the Year. I have flown them before and was impressed. They are about a quarter of the cost of BA, a third of the cost of Cathay and half of the cost of Qantas. The other front runner was Emirates. I flew in Emirates’ A380s a few times after ditching Cathay on the Middle East routes and liked them a great deal but they were just a little more expensive than QA. I also chose an airline that would have a low risk of the traditional seasonal strike and of suffering weather delays. It was a good choice I think as Cathay has already announced that as part of their industrial action staff will not smile at customers (so no change there) and  they will work to rule. A strike may follow. And on that happy note, its good night from me…….

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6 thoughts on “BA Calcutta (Failed)

  1. I am seeing this on the iPhone screen so not the best of displays for judging but they seem pretty decent for inexpensive scans. And I don’t find any fault with the “birder’s” work either.
    I hope your choice of airway is what you expect complete with peanuts and smiles. I have flown just once in 1987 and found the staff friendly and quick to provide beverage and a snack along with a toothy grin. Guess I must be just a short bit behind the times. 🙂

  2. The bird pics are good. Maybe you could learn to do them on your own?? Have no idea what all is involved. Here’s wishing and praying that you and Mrs. Ha will have a safe and a very enjoyable trip. Both of you, please take good care. Will look forward to scenes of your trip and of the south pole.

  3. I must admit to always enjoying your blogs. You’ll forgive me for not always commenting I hope. This too was entertaining and you have a great way with words(a wordsmith then). Those scans look fine on my iPhone although the screen size doesn’t demand much. Abstracts looked great, full of motion and colour! Merry Christmas!

  4. I think these work, what file size do you end up with? The first bird is very cool. I wish I had those around here. They look so cheerful. Have a wonderful trip and new year. Looking forward to you photos.

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