Yesterday I found two more CDs of full of photos from 1998 in my collection. They were photos taken with a 1996-vintage Kodak DC50 camera. One of them had on it a set of pictures I took on a trip to Paris in May and June that year. The photos were in an old proprietary Kodak digital camera format (KDC) that few of today's photo-editing applications (not even Photoshop) can read.
An old deuche at Odéon,
For an hour or two, I tried to find an application that could convert these KDC files to today's standard for blogs and the web, which the JPG format. I found one that could convert the files, but only one at a time. It didn't provide for batch processing, which Photoshop can do. And there were about 350 photos to process. I figured that it was going to take me week or more of work to process them one by one.
For me, memories of a fun dinner with Walt in the early 1990s
And then I looked at the second CD I had found. Well, it turned out that it contained an identical set of the KDC photos, but in BMP format. That's a format that Photoshop can read, and that can be processed as a batch to produce a set of JPG images. J'étais sauvé !
If you remember these old pissotières, you are a Paris veteran.
I wanted to enlarge and enhance these old images, because they bring back such good memories. I don't know whether I myself converted them from KDC to BMP 20 years ago, or whether CHM converted them for me. Either way, now I have them. There are many more photos on the disk than I remember taking on that trip 20 years ago.
I'm posting a few of the photos here just as they came out of the automatic batch processing that is feature in Photoshop (Elements). I haven't retouched them otherwise — I've just posted them here. Remember, they are 20-year-old digital photos. That means they were taken in the early days of digital photography. I think they're not bad, considering.
European champion of "white sausage"!