Category Archives: Looking Back

Dusting off the old photos

Balloons Over Napa


Balloons Over Napa

This shot was taken with a Nikon N60 35mm film camera back in the late 1990’s. Back in December this post over at TheOnlinePhotographer brought up the issue of the demise of film scanners. It provided me with a bit of motivation to pick up a new Plustek OpticFilm 7600i film scanner. Even though it has all of the bells and whistles like IR dust and scratch removal… scanning is a slow, tedious and frustrating process. Most of he prints that looked good as 4×6 prints, start to look blurry and noisy after scanning. I know there are some good shots in my collection… and seeing what the scanner unveils is fun. In the end, scanning really brings out an appreciation for how good digital cameras from the past few years really are.

Bryant Park Rainbow ( 100th Post !!! )

Bryant Park Rainbow
Bryant Park Rainbow

Welcome to the 100th Post at DustAndRust! In my first post on this blog back in the fall of 2005, I wrote :

“I don’t really know what direction this blog will take…”

I think the lack of any effort I have put into finding a direction has been well worth it 🙂 . Having the blog as an outlet for my hobby has really given me a lot of satisfaction over the past four years, and I still look forward to capturing the next image that I think is worthy to share. I’d like to thank everyone who has come to look at my humble efforts, with a special “thank you” to everyone that has left a comment.

It’s been very interesting to watch the blog grow in the wilds of the inter-tubes. In the first month of the blogs life, I had 86 unique visitors, and just under 1000 page views. A good portion of those page views was probably due to me tweaking the layout. In March of this year, I had 9558 unique visitors, and over 40,000 page views. The biggest source of traffic has been Google Image Search, which drives almost exactly 50% of the visitors here.

I don’t have any major plans to change anything I’m doing here. As I’ve mentioned before, I will be offering B&W prints for sale in the near future… but for the most part the blog remains the same.

I’m looking forward to the next 100 posts. I hope I can get them here faster than the first 100.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sean

Bird on Cactus, Aruba


Bird on Cactus, Aruba

I took a short trip to Aruba with my wife back in 2003. We spent most of the time relaxing on the beach, but we did take a little back road drive along the less populated side of the island. I caught this guy hanging out on his perch. It looked pretty uncomfortable, but I guess it was a good vantage point for hunting. I was using my Nikon D100 back then, and I’m still impressed by the quality of the images I made with it.