David Allen  

Half Moon Lake 1993 by David Allen

November 2019 - Half Moon Lake 1993

November 2019 - David Allen


About the Image(s)

This image is only a "how far have we come?" image. This was taken with a 35mm point and shoot camera back in 1993 by my son on a back backing trip to Half Moon Lake in Wyoming where I grew up. I took the film to Costco and had it developed and had a floppy disk made with the images. I had all 36 images on one 1.2m floppy. The images were 4 bit (16 colors) ".bmp" images probably 33K bites each. You can see the dithered 4 bit pixels in the sky. I converted the 2D original image to 3D with Microsoft’s "Paint" software. I had a 386 PC running windows 311 that ran at an amazing 16Mhz and had a 10Mb hard drive. Now, I couldn’t even get 1 picture on that 10Mb Hard drive now. HOW FAR HAVE WE COME AND WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE IN ANOTHER 26 YEARS?

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Yes we have come sooo far!!!. Your conversion to 3D looks good. Yes the image clarity is lost due to the 4 bit pixels. The new softwares can manage some of these. I tried with Topaz Denoice plug in photoshop. It improved a lot. (Copies attached - Strength 50%, Highlight, clean color and recovery detail 20% each)   Posted: 11/10/2019 09:11:57
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Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
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David Allen   David Allen
Amazing what Photo Shop can do with an old image. Even though the dithering is fixed it still is not very sharp in focus, but it's an old image.   Posted: 11/13/2019 21:47:58

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
The main comment that I have with this image is that it is not sharp. But the pictorial content and composition is very good.
Old images are not easy to work with. I give you credit for giving it a try.   Posted: 11/21/2019 11:54:25

Brian Davis   Brian Davis
Yes it is surprising how soft the old digital images are compared with what we now take. The images that I take on the D850 are 45mb each You have been able to produce a good stereo from the 2D image and this is something that I will have to try no I know that it can be done in paint.
  Posted: 11/22/2019 17:03:39

Signe Emmerich   Signe Emmerich
WOW...I don't think I even had a digital camera until 10 years later. And thanks for the interesting history behind this image, your computer and software, and then making it into 3D. It is a nicely composed image although I would have cropped out more of the sky.   Posted: 11/23/2019 16:18:29
David Allen   David Allen
This image was on 35mm film and Costco developed the film and somehow scanned the images. Or -- maybe I scanned the photograph from Costco on a flat bed scanner -- it's been many years, I can't really remember.   Posted: 11/23/2019 23:43:48

Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
Old photos are often challenging. Inconsistencies in film and developing, plus color shift over time, all work against us. But this kind of preservation effort helps us save the past and gives us new tools for improving our future images.   Posted: 11/29/2019 14:26:47