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Portrait of an Engineer #1 [20080422|16:23]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Portrait of an Engineer #1
I asked my colleagues to participate in a project wherein I took photos of them with my new obsession, the Holga, on two sides of the same frame. Naturally my favorite mad Canadian was well into the idea, and happily set about trying to strangle her own brain. A mechanical engineer by training, she is responsible for the care and feeding of the Cassini and Rosetta data archives, and does a bit of Cluster calibration on the side. She acts as the group's Safety Officer and is kind enough to let us know an inspection is coming by wearing her "Little Miss Bossy" t-shirt. She is also a proud dual citizen of the UK, has lived on most of the world's continents, cycles to work, and hates talking lifts.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2008-04-22 15:43 (UTC)
Love it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-04-23 08:53 (UTC)
Excellent, thank you! I'll tell her too.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2008-04-22 16:21 (UTC)
I was thinking just that...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-04-23 08:53 (UTC)
I have got to find a way to get better scans done, because these are terrible. They don't do the prints justice.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2008-04-23 13:15 (UTC)
A friend with a good drum scanner is the best option! Otherwise, for print scanning an Epson Perfection 4490 is worth considering in terms of bang-for-the-buck. It can be used for slide and negative scanning as well, and both this and the model below include 120 adapters, but the 4490's transparency output isn't quite as impressive (especially for very dark slides or those with a big density range). On the latter front, the Epson Perfection 4990- what I ended up getting- is worth a look. Both of these are discontinued, though refurbs are still occasionally stocked by Epson. They offer newer models with comparable performance, but they're significantly more pricey.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-04-23 08:56 (UTC)
That is pretty neat. What's particularly neat about it is that you've paid enough attention to my stuff to recognize it. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: comfortslut
2008-04-22 19:20 (UTC)
Okay, THAT is pretty fantastic. Nice work. Looking forward to the others.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-04-23 08:58 (UTC)
Thank you. Some of them are scientist and not engineers, though. I hope that doesn't prove too disappointing.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2008-04-22 22:31 (UTC)
REALLY clever.

And how does one get such a t-shirt. Heh.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-04-23 08:59 (UTC)
Thank you.

One gets such a t-shirt by becoming a fan of the Mister Men/Little Miss books, and relating strongly to one of them!

Edited at 2008-04-23 09:00 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2008-04-23 12:13 (UTC)
:( I can't see LJ pics at work. I'll try and remember to look when I get a moment at home!

I see you have a Flickr account - may I friend you there, or are you keeping it minimalist?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-04-23 13:10 (UTC)
Oh, that's too bad. Is Flickr not blocked, then? I've been uploading some images in both places, but not simultaneously. I'll switch to Flickr if it's less likely to be blocked.

I'm not keeping it minimalist so please do friend me!
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2008-04-23 13:13 (UTC)
Flickr still works - it's pretty much the only place I can see images from. Strange. We'll see how long it lasts then!
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2008-04-23 16:33 (UTC)
I see it at home here! It's very cool. What do you mean by two sides of the same frame, and what's a Holga?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-04-25 14:28 (UTC)
Thank you. I mean I shot both images, one immediately after the other, without advancing the film. Only the model moved.

A Holga is a cheap medium format camera. It doesn't have much flexibility in terms of settings (f/8 & f/11 are the only aperture settings, for instance), but it does lend itself to making all kinds of modifications. Mine also has colour gels over the flash, which makes for an interesting effect especially with multiple exposures.
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