I’ve been reading Lois on the Loose, by Lois Pryce, and thought that I’d try out the scanning facilities on the new kit with respect to this book. But first of all, there’s a website, where you can see background information about the book, which tells of Pryce’s trip by motorbike from Alaska to the southernmost tip of South America – a journey of about 20,000 miles. An enjoyable read, and I realise from looking at the website that we also have her other book, Red Tape & White Knuckles, which I will read shortly. This photo is from her website.
My new printer scanned the cover of her book adequately, once I’d figured out that there were several sizes to choose from (the previous scanner seemed to do this automatically).
Above is one of my old slides that I scanned, using the Ion Slides 2PC. It seems OK, although I had to adjust various settings – decrease the contrast, decrease the saturation, etc. It shows Lindsey on our 125 Suzuki Trail Bike, somewhere near Zomba – the ‘jinglamoto’, as a motorbike is known in Chichewa, which we named Darth the Black Streak. It wasn’t as big as Lois’ Yamaha XT225, but it was fine for getting about the bush. In those days, in Malawi, it was illegal for women to wear trousers, hence Lindsey is wearing a skirt, even though she’s on a motorbike.
The scanner didn’t work as well for the slide shown above, or maybe I didn’t find the best adjustments to make. There’s a lot of contrast in the original, which shows Lindsey in the back garden of our first house, in Kalimbuka, with Doviko in the background, hanging up the washing.