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Blogathon 2009 – Golden Ears Bridge Opening in HD and Super-8

Those of you (yes, all 5 of you) who follow my writing on TransLinked may have already seen my edited HD video of the Golden Ears Bridge Opening Celebration. Here it is for those of you who may not have seen it previously:

I was particularly proud of the way it came together, although one commenter noted that it was highly unrepresentative of her own experience at the event.

Filming the Golden Ears Bridge Opening was some of the best fun I’ve had in a long time. As I tweeted, I had a Flip MinoHD camera in one hand, and a Super-8 camera in another, along with a Lomo Fisheye in my purse. The HD video came first, of course. I processed and had my super-8 footage transferred when I was on the East Coast earlier this month, and I’m happy to announce the “world premiere”, so to speak, of my super-8 Golden Ears Bridge Opening film, now on YouTube and, for your convenience, embedded below.

The last piece of the puzzle is the Lomo Fisheye pictures…which I shot on slide film and had processed (unmounted) last week. Does anyone have any recommendations for a service or film scanner on the cheap? I have access to a film scanner but its Digital ICE technology magicks choke on my round fisheye pictures and crops them all in the middle of the frame.


  1. Tina

    I don’t think I’ve ever been to a bridge opening. I don’t know that they even make a big deal out of it around here. One day, everyone just starts using the bridge.

    Posted July 25, 2009 at 11:20 am | Permalink
  2. …well, this bridge is replacing a ferry service. One thing I neglected to mention is that the celebration was pedestrian-only – the only time it will ever be so since it is a car-bridge. And who knows if we’ll ever see a Critical Mass there in my lifetime for people to enjoy it. Hence my determination to shoot on super-8 film, a medium appropriate to such a momentous event. (That said, no debates on CM please – I know it’s dumb, it’s just so much fun after a long day’s ride, and is certainly no replacement or substitute for actually changing policy.)

    Posted July 25, 2009 at 11:40 am | Permalink
  3. Noah

    As far as affordableish scanners that will do film go these days, the two easiest to find options are the epson v500 and the canoscan 8800f. Both will do 35mm strips, mounted slides and medium format film and both usually go for around $200. I personally have the 8800f, and though it’s not quite up to par with the dedicated nikon film scanner i used to mooch the use of, its been a real enabler (combined with home development and bulk purchasing) for shooting a lot more film. For 35mm black and white its cut my costs for film, processing and scanning from about $18/roll (ouch!) to something more like $2.50.

    If you’re having trouble scanning your circular fisheye shots, there’s likely a means of directly selecting the areas to be scanned in the scanner software rather than letting it work its magic and try to guess appropriate borders.

    Posted July 26, 2009 at 4:36 am | Permalink

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