December 5, 2004

Microtek ScanMaker i900

Microtek's newest ScanMaker, the i900, is my dream scanner for Hiroshige prints. Professional and yet under $1000. Amazon has the ScanMaker i900 for $525. It boasts 42-bits of color. Wowsers. As with most great products, it has one a good number of awards, most notably the CNET Editors' Choice and the photographer's Hot1 Award. The included software is also quite impressive: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0; Adobe Photoshop Album SE (PC only); ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR; Ulead PhotoExplorer; Kodak Digital Science Color Management; Microtek's ScanWizard Pro scanning software with LANShare scanner-sharing utility for PCs; and Microtek's Scanner ICC Profiler with IT-8 reflective and transmissive calibration targets.

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December 4, 2004

The woodblock prints of Ando Hiroshige

Ahhh... I found what I was looking for. A fellow enthusiast, johnxyz, has done a superb job on Hiroshige's many woodblock prints. The site is clean, easy to navigate, and contains well-written well-researched prose (with citations!). Large images, when available, are 806x580.

Magome There is the Magome Pass (801 m above sea level) between Tsumago and Magome, which are 8 km apart from each other. From the pass, Mt. Ena can be seen in the distance due south. The post town of Magome is below the pass. This is where Shimazaki Toson, a famous Meiji novelist, was born and is also the stage of his masterwork "Before Dawn."

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