Your Best Mother’s Day Story

With Mother’s Day behind us, we think it’s a good time to share stories from the day. Did you take you mother out somewhere nice, or do something special for her? Moms, how did your family treat you this year?

Tell us about your perfect Mother’s Day, from this weekend, or any Mother’s Day ever.

We’ll start:

For Mother’s Day I have tried to find fun ways to celebrate my mother over the years, including variations on the traditional fare. However as I get older I have a better sense of what my mother really wants: time. Time with her children and their families, time to do the things that bring her joy and time to relax! After raising two kids, several pets, mothering a million friends and falling in love with grandchildren, she deserves a little time to relax and smell the roses…or in her case the jalapeños.

This Mother’s Day I started a salsa garden for her, complete in little pots decorated with ribbon. I wanted to give her something that would combine two activities that she loves, cooking and gardening. In a few weeks she will start to see small sprouts come up through the dirt and once planted in her backyard she will get to stand back and look at the mature plants. Then in a few months she will pick the fruit, bring it to her kitchen, and make the most amazing salsa, knowing the whole while that we grew them together.

Apple Ipad 2 Giveaway

Update: We have our winners! Congratulations, James (@another_james) and Mary (@mayee258), your iPads are on the way.


 

We’re giving away two Apple iPads on May 9!

Valued at $499 each, we’ll give two winners a 16GB Apple iPad 2 equipped with Wi-Fi.

What a perfect way to view old photos!  Good luck to everybody. Here are instructions and rules:

Instructions:

  • Make sure you are following us on Twitter. If not already following us, go to http://www.twitter.com/ScanCafe  (there is no need to unfollow and refollow if you’re already following). You will need a free Twitter account to enter.
  • Then tweet this EXACT message, just once, by May 8th:
Win an iPad2 on 5/9 from ScanCafe, #1 photo scanning svc! To enter follow @ScanCafe and RT once. Rules: http://bit.ly/fXmrXp
  • On May 9th, ScanCafe will use a random number generator to select two winners from among our followers who followed these instructions exactly.
  • Winners will be notified that day by direct private message via Twitter, and winners should follow the directions in that message within 24 hours.  Failure to respond could result in your prize being awarded to an alternative.
  • Open to legal US residents 18 and over. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.
  • Do not unfollow and follow multiple times, or tweet your entry more than once.  It will not increase your chances of winning.
  • Results will be posted at https://www.scancafe.com/blog.

Review our complete contest rules.

Famous Photo Quiz

While fine art photography can be traced back to the Victorian era, the fascination really developed in the early 1900s when Alfred Stieglitz introduced fine art photography into museum collections.

It’s not always easy to tell a photograph’s relative value — historical and technical relevance are often considered.

Quiz: Which of these three photographs sold for the most?

Answer: B
Kremlin of Tobolsk was taken in 2009 by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. Tobolsk is the capital of Siberia and the kremlin is one of the last standing in all of Russia and Siberia. Taken from the air to mimic the style of old master painters, the photo collected $1,750,000 at a charity auction in 2010.

And the other two? Well they’re perhaps even more recognizable, although they sold for less.

A – Moonrise, Hernandez 1941 by Ansel Adams. Possibly one of Adams’ most recognizable photos taken in New Mexico on the way back from a day of photographing. Famously, Adams glanced the scene from his car and pulled over. Losing light, there was no time to take a proper exposure reading, so he figured out his settings based on what he knew of the relative brightness of the moon. It sold for $609,600 in 2006.

C – The Great Wave, Sete 1857 by Gustave Le Gray. One of the earliest forms of high dynamic range processing – Le Gray took two exposures and printed one picture to get a good balance between the bright sky and the dark landscape. It sold for $838,000 in 1999.

Holiday Shipping Dates at ScanCafe

Please note: customer service inquiries are answered fastest at admin@scancafe.com. We will also have special holiday customer support hours from 7am to noon, PT, on December 24th.

There are 4 kinds of holiday-related ScanCafe gifts that we can deliver by December 23, 2010, depending on when you place your order:

GIFT DELIVERY REQUIREMENTS
ScanCafe standard media scanning For orders of 5,000 standard media scans or less, holiday delivery is guaranteed if we receive your originals by November 8th. For orders of 1,000 standard media scans or less, holiday delivery is guaranteed if we receive your originals by November 17th. To ensure holiday delivery, you must also complete the review and checkout process within 24 hours of when your scans are online. Please note, orders containing non-standard media (medium format, large format, black & white negatives, etc.) may take longer and are not guaranteed for holiday delivery.

 
With Express Service, available as a small surcharge per order of 400 standard media images or less, we must receive your originals by December 13th, so that you can download your high-resolution scans by December 23rd.
ScanCafe Gift Card For physical delivery, order must be placed online by December 1. For electronic delivery, order may be placed as late as Christmas Eve!
ScanCafe Gift Box and Value Kit, complete For Gift Boxes to be completed and returned in time for December 23, we need to receive the Gift Box, filled with images, in Burlingame, CA by November 21st. For us to deliver an empty Gift Box (so it can be a present under the Christmas tree, etc.), we need to receive your order by Dec 10, if you plan on ordering it with regular UPS Ground shipping.

Halloween Costumes

This Halloween has us thinking about photos from years past — the old decorations, the treats, our first costumes! There’s something special about that very first costume, isn’t there? Whether it was lovingly handmade by a devoted parent, or excitedly chosen on a family outing, that costume will always be precious.

Tell us about your first, or most memorable Halloween costume below!

One of my first costumes for a Halloween party was as a ghoul. Mom spent days tearing up old sheets, soaking them in different dyes and stitching them back together into rags. Dad, who worked briefly as a theater stage-hand, spent hours flouring my hair and building up the most gruesomely ashen, blood-stained make up. Most of the other eight year old girls showed up as fairies and princesses and had no idea what a ghoul was. In fact my make up was so scary some of them wouldn’t even talk to me. I really stuck out, but it sure was a creepy costume!

And, pictured is our very own Amanda with her sister, Shannon. She was just six years old when this was taken, and they’re dressed as a panda and Sylvester.