Monday, September 22, 2014

Color Photos of F3H Demons Being Towed to Barges

F-3H-0001aF_3_H_0001bF_3_H_0001cTucked into a misc file folder, I found these three color photos of Demons being towed to the barges. See the entry below for the info. These photos are also from the William Rudolph collection and are the only color shots that I have ever seen.
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This and That!

I have spent the last 3 months scanning over 5000 items for this blog and building 3 flying rockets for my oldest grandson. (Yes, I have a VERY understanding wife!)

I have been asked several times what it takes to publish this material; so, this seemed like a good time to explain the process.

1. First, I have to find the material (Photos, articles, booklets; etc.) This takes a lot of time as I have 11 five-drawer file cabinets and 4 large book cases crammed with material!

2. Then the scanning, at an average of 2 min per scan - well, you do the math - another long process.

3. This is followed by dividing the scans into subject matter folders.

4. After that, each scan goes through a photo manipulation process (Think Photoshop) for cropping, sharpening, color balance and contrast correction, defect elimination; etc. Also, on pages that are larger than my scanner bed, I have to use stitching software to combine 2 or 3 scans into 1 image.

5. When I am happy with this outcome, I need to generate PDF's for some subjects and reduce the PDF size for up and downloading.

6. Next I have to upload the scans to an image service or my own website and obtain shortcut links for use in the blog.

7. The blog entry can now be written.

8. All is uploaded to the blog servers.

So, take a minute when you read a blog and appreciate all the (unpaid) work that goes into each entry!!

Of course, now, I have to go through steps 3-8 for the 5000 scans in order to bring them to you. Be patient! Top 50 blog award!