At the meeting of Fraserburgh Photographic Society held on January 22 members were show two DVDs of old images of Fraserburgh.
The first was a series of images taken by the late Jack Pressley.
Jack was a stalwart and past president of Fraserburgh Photographic Society.
The images were originally put onto a VCR tape recorder with Jack’s commentary. It was later transferred to a DVD.
In the process the images became degraded. The black and white images had an orange hue and the colour images had lost a lot of sharpness. Preserving images taken over 50 years ago is not easy.
What will the images we take today look like in 50 years time? Will the digital technology of today stand the test of time?
The other problem with the images was that there was no information to say when they were taken. In the old days the date, and place were written on the back of the prints on the frame of the slide. With Jack’s images this data had been lost with the transfer to the DVD.
In today’s digital age data about the image, when it was taken, the camera, lens and camera settings are all included in the image data.
More modern cameras will even record the grid reference of where they were taken. Even so it is a good idea to record as much information as possible with your images.
With most digital filing systems keywords and names can be added to an image this will not just help you to find them but in years to come will help others identify exactly what you were capturing when you pressed the shutter button.
As it was at the meeting the lack of data did prompt some discussion amongst the older members!
Photographs of the images on the screen were taken and an attempt has been made to digitally enhance them.
The second DVD was of a Government film shot in 1947 about the herring industry called ‘Caller Herring’, much of it was shot in Fraserburgh.
The film can be seen at Fraserburgh Heritage Centre when it opens later this year.
Screen shots were taken to give a flavour of the film. These and the shots taken of Jack Pressley’s images can be found on the Society website at http://fraserburghps.weebly.com/