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    Quote Originally Posted by gr82bart View Post
    I'd take my camera. With that I can always make more pics.

    Regards, Art.
    Dear Art,

    Absolutely. Frances and I were discussing this over dinner.

    She reminded me that when she was 10 years old, and she was on her own, her house DID catch fire.

    As she said, "I thought first about lives. Dog, three cats, and a parakeet. Then I tried to put the fire out. [She succeeded]. At no point did I think about any material goods. Nor did my father, who was a very keen photographer, ever mention my failure to save photographs. Today, if I had the choice and if I could reach the Alpa, I'd grab that. Photographs I've already printed? Negatives? Even my father's pictures? Who cares?"

    To quote Bob Dylan (imperfectly, from memory), "You know she's an artist/she don't look back..." (Someone gave me the exact quote last time I said this, and I'm grateful, but it doesn't affect the sentiment).

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Hicks View Post
    Dear Art,

    Absolutely. Frances and I were discussing this over dinner.

    She reminded me that when she was 10 years old, and she was on her own, her house DID catch fire.

    As she said, "I thought first about lives. Dog, three cats, and a parakeet. Then I tried to put the fire out. [She succeeded]. At no point did I think about any material goods. Nor did my father, who was a very keen photographer, ever mention my failure to save photographs. Today, if I had the choice and if I could reach the Alpa, I'd grab that. Photographs I've already printed? Negatives? Even my father's pictures? Who cares?"

    To quote Bob Dylan (imperfectly, from memory), "You know she's an artist/she don't look back..." (Someone gave me the exact quote last time I said this, and I'm grateful, but it doesn't affect the sentiment).

    Cheers,

    R.

    She's got everything she needs. She's an artist, she don't look back...
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    Nearly 4 years ago my house was on fire. Trust me, the last thing you think about is saving photos.

    ps. Stuff can be replaced. Make sure you have a good insurance policy, it will save you many headaches.
    "While you're out there smashing the state, don't forget to keep a smile on your lips and a song in your heart!"

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    You know, friends and I had the very same question in college. "If your apartment caught fire, what would you try to save?" We all came to the same conclusion... the computer. Everything else was ephemeral, but my thesis, music, and four years of bad essays was irreplacable. :0)

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    A bit of a different scenario in my case, but the results are similar:

    I have lost all of my early negatives, prints and equipment three times in three different locations to floods. My first thoughts were save the pets and any one else alive, that done. I was however able to save a few of my favorite books then suddenly it was all gone.

    It took awhile, but today I still have the memory of the images those old negatives and prints contained, so in reality I lost some material things, but never the memories.


    Charlie........................................... ........

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    My house isn't on fire either, but it's wooden house, build around 1605. Because it is wood, the thought of a fire has crossed my mind more than once.
    I agree with Roger Hicks that good health (and friends) are more important than worldly posessions. I guess that I could live with losing my cameras, negatives and prints. Sometimes I even think that getting writ of all the rubbish accumulated over time could be a bonus and would allow one to make a fresh start, provided that you are well insured.

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    Although not many people here seem to be interested in playing along, I will. I have a picture of my Son and my Mom that was taken the day he was dedicated at our church. He was 1 month old at the time. He is now 19 years. I don't remember if I took it or not. But it is very special to me.
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    I live in Japan, which is a country where major catastrophes could occur in any moment of life. I'm talking about the possible big earthquakes, one of which destroyed the entire city of Kobe just about 12 years ago with big fire, which went on days. I heard the horror stories from the suviviors and the rescuers about how they lost their loved ones and colleagues in the fire in front their eyes. So, I'm not really in any thoughts of "what if" to me or to my house, etc, but I always tend to think about it in a much bigger picture. If in that kind situation I find myself physically okay, I will go out and help others. That's about all I hope to do.

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    Maybe it's a good idea to save your photos electronically somewhere else other than your own house, but if the output is only 72dpi, well...

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    For many years I only shot trannies so I don't have many prints at all. Even now, although I shoot a lot of print film - so far I only scan it (thus building up an enormous work backlog the day I decide to pick the few good ones from the pileup and dig up the negatives for printing!)

    However, I do have one print (actually two mounted in a frame one above and one below another item) that are very special. I took them last year when my wife and I were able to attend a special piano solo recital by Andre Watts - one of her favorites for many years. Afterwards we attended a reception for him and I took a couple of shots of the two of them - one posed the other "in conversation".

    I gave them to her for her birthday last year and she was "thrilled". Her happiness far surpassed the quality of my shots - but those are what I'd save.

    Unfortunately, I have to 'fess on this one. Because I didn't want to carry a flash on my F5, I used my D-70 with its built-in flash, so these are digi prints.

    * BTW: the other item was the program she had saved from the first live performance of his that she attended at Lincoln Center some thirty years earlier. He autographed it for her.

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