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So I have been sitting on our wedding photo negatives for 8 and a half years. We got a box stolen out of our car about 7 years ago that we thought had our negatives in them — but a few months back, we found the negatives in our shed! So that led me to buying the Canon CanoScan 9000F. When I tweeted about buying it, I got a few of you asking for a review once I finished. So here it is.
So far, it’s what I wanted. Admittedly, $175 after tax and shipping from Amazon didn’t leave me with the highest expectations. I figured it would probably suck — and I’d just sell it on Craigslist. But now after scanning about 500 images worth of negatives and slides, I can say it’s just what I wanted.
I’m assuming I could get better quality by sending my negs in — but this machine scans my film to about 30MP’s, I believe. There are four size options — and the smaller you scan, the faster it goes. The highest quality (which I did) took about 10-12 minutes for 8 images. So it definitely takes a while if you have hundreds (or thousands, as I do) of negatives — but it’s not terribly slow given the filesize you get back.
As far as the quality, I’m sure I could get better results from a pro lab — but I would literally be spending thousands to scan everything of mine. This thing gives me my old images in plenty good enough quality for my liking.
If you’ve got any questions on something I didn’t cover, let me know and I’ll answer in the comments :)
And now to our wedding day! January 4th, 2003. I was 20 and Lindsay was 21. We got married in La Jolla on a cliff over the ocean. We were threatened with bad weather due to the El Nino — but ended up having the warmest January 4th since the mid 1800′s. I believe it was 84 degrees (somewhere around 29 degrees celcius) right on the coast. We also had some awesome clouds for an awesome sunset :)
My good friend, Jimmy Fontaine, who has now gone on to being an awesome, ripping, successful editorial/celeb photography in NYC, shot our wedding. We grew up working at a skate shop together — and he was the only photographer I knew. He didn’t shoot weddings — just did it as a favor — and we got SO much luckier than most people who go that route. To be honest, I assumed the photos were worse than they were all these years because I hadn’t really looked at them. But now, having scanned them and being able to see them all, Jimmy did awesome. Such a great friend…
Now there are more photos of me than Lindsay because Lindsay had a bigger pile of “don’t post those ones” than I did :P
My best friends, Garrett and Phil. I wonder what we would have thought had someone told us that 9 years later Phil would be a doctor, Garrett would be a philosophy professor, and I would be traveling the world as a photographer (I hadn’t ever picked up or cared about a camera at that point of my life).
My dad. We keep getting told more and more lately that Clive looks like him.
I didn’t write my vows until about an hour before our wedding. I have yet to overcome my battle with procrastination…
Another one of my life-long best friends, Miguel Ramirez, comes from an insane classical family. He’s an amazing concert violinist. I wrote music for the both of us to play while Lindsay walked down the aisle so this was our sound check :)
This next one is my favorite picture…
I love how creepy this one looks :)
Maybe not the best photo — but I love this one. That’s my grandma with me and Lindsay is dancing with my grandpa Joe. One of the greatest men I’ve ever known. I miss him dearly. This image just makes me happy.
And off we went :)
Lindsay and I didn’t have enough money for a honeymoon. We didn’t mind because we were just so excited about getting married. But I felt bad not being able to take her somewhere special for our honeymoon like I so badly wanted — so I spent that year saving money without Lindsay knowing and for our first year anniversary we backpacked across Europe for two and a half months. I surprised her on Christmas two days before we left. It was one of the best experiences of our lives and without that trip I wouldn’t have ever become a photographer. All because we didn’t have a honeymoon :)
These photos are such a walk down memory lane. I still can’t believe we got married sooo young! But I’m so happy we did.
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