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Amateur photographer and electronic music hacker
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I am a hobbyist photographer on a journey to raise my photography skills to the next level. Living in Colorado, many of my pictures display the natural beauty of Rocky Mountain flora and fauna. More recently I've begun to branch out into other subject areas, so you never can tell what my next picture will be.

I enjoy dabbling with electronic music technology, programming sounds and song snippets with a rack of ancient hardware synthesizers as well as some modern software synthesizers. 

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Bicycled to the top of Mount Evans, a 14,000+ ft mountain in the Colorado Rockies. Twice! Still. Gasping. For. Air.
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The B&W Project 18/26

If you want my attention, stop screaming at me!

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Welcome to the Tom Bland Archive! Tom Bland was my father. He traveled around the world on business during the 1960's through 1990's as an international sales representative for Schramm Inc., a drilling equipment manufacturer. He traveled throughout North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia, providing onsite training and support to his clients. Oddly enough, I have not yet found evidence that he ever traveled to Europe. I suppose other employees were assigned to Europe during his tenure. He also never made it to Antarctica as far as I know. :-)

I have begun scanning slides from his trips and will be posting them to this collection. Posts will be infrequent, only when I get around to scanning another batch. His slides document his work activities as well as occasional cultural and tourist images.

When possible I will identify where and when each photo was taken, based on his notes written on the boxes and slides, and the processing date stamped on the slides. In most cases all I know is the country and sometimes the city, and I've already found a few slides that are attributed to the wrong country, so don't hold me to perfection.

If you happen to recognize a location, please comment with any information you know. While most of the images are in rural locations without recognizable landmarks, some are in cities and tourist attractions. It will be fun to see how landmarks from 30 to 40 years ago have changed.

I don't plan to process the images beyond a few basic adjustments unless I discover some of significant interest that would benefit from processing. Many of the slides are dusty and faded, and I usually won't be trying to clean off the dust. Don't expect works of art. What you can expect is a glimpse of conditions in mostly developing nations in the 70's and 80's. I wish he were still around to tell the stories behind each image. He had some doozies and I know I did not hear them all.

It appears that he took two cameras on some trips. His primary camera was a Minolta XG-7 SLR with a 50mm lens. You will recognize images from that camera by their 2:3 aspect ratio. There are also many square format images of noticeably lesser quality, which were likely taken with a point and shoot, possibly my old Kodak Instamatic that I haven't seen since I left home for college. I didn't realize he used two cameras until I noticed a few nearly duplicate images in different aspect ratios.
 
I won't post to this collection often, and I will post albums rather than individual images to avoid spamming your stream with this stuff. If you're not interested in these images, please feel free to unsubscribe from the collection. 

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What a great project!
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Go home, new email notifications, you're drunk!
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LOL... watch those accidents!
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Very pretty ! !
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It's baby deer season here. This little fawn has been hanging around my house a lot the last few days. Literally, right outside the window, even getting Serrano's attention. I haven't seen momma deer around since Wednesday so I hope it's not lost.
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The fawn showed up again today, sitting in the same shady spot. Momma deer is sitting in another shady spot a few hundred feet away.
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June-July 1977

First up is South Africa and Namibia (known as South West Africa when he was there). These images are from one trip in June and July 1977. His passport indicates he also visited Botswana in July 1977 but I have not yet found any slides from there. 

This set includes a visit to "The Big Hole" diamond mine at Kimberley Mine in South Africa (including a few giraffes nearby), a visit to a farm in South West Africa (Namibia), some work photos at a "South Africa Coal Strip" (precise location unknown), some work photos in the town of Tsumeb, South West Africa (Namibia), and a few images in Cape Town.

The Kimberley Mine shots are interesting in that I have found modern images on Google Image Search from the same vantage points. There are a few more buildings in the town and some trees are larger, but otherwise it looks very much the same.

A few of the farm images are near duplicates, taken with his SLR and his point and shoot.

There may be other photos from this trip hidden away in some other boxes, but I haven't totally deciphered Dad's organization system yet.

It will be a while before I scan any more slides. I wanted to get these done and posted before my upcoming trip to South Africa in September!
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Wow! Amazing!
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PSA: Lenstag is a great free service to register your camera gear. I just updated it with some recent lens and camera purchases (recent being the last 10 months or so... I've been delinquent). If my gear gets stolen, chances for recovery are higher since the serial numbers are registered with Lenstag. 

If you plan to buy some used equipment, ask the seller to provide you with the serial number before you buy so you can check Lenstag to see if it has been reported stolen.

I also added my recently acquired equipment to my Personal Articles Policy with my insurance company. Did you know your home owners insurance may not cover camera equipment without a separate rider or policy? If you have any substantial amount of gear you need to check this out. I for one never contribute to anybody's gofundme campaigns when they cry about thousands of dollars of gear stolen, when they could have responsibly insured it for pennies on the dollar. I just checked my insurance bill and I pay less than a penny per dollar of camera equipment. If you can afford a DSLR and some lenses, you can afford insurance.

If you've been putting this off, create your account on Lenstag today, and check with your insurance agent about your coverage.
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A thousand thank you's Alan, been meaning to get this done!
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This is so wonderful! Great image and I just love the duck!!!
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Grungy Curves
The B&W Project 17/26

For this week's B&W Project theme: Curves

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Thank you +Ellie Kennard +Pawayev Useyn 
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The B&W Project 16/26

The B&W Project theme this week is Living Things

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