2010: Losing A Whole Year

Some days are better than others. Same thing goes for weeks, months and years. This past year, until its waning months, was the most trying time of my life. My personal life was torn asunder and all aspects of my life suffered, including my photography and this blog.

I am not going to go into details regarding my personal life, other than I discovered deep dark places I never want to venture into again. However, I have finally resurfaced, with the help of family and one very special person. That aside, it’s time to get my photographic life back in shape. All I really lost was 2010.

So, I still have no clue as to frequency of posts on LIDF for the foreseeable future, but I am going to make an effort to keep some fresh content up. My writing and development duties over at X-Equals take a precedent over LIDF, and I’m behind over there as well. So the next few months are a time to dig out and make a fresh start.

So content will be slow to come for a while, as I play catch up and attempt to redesign the blog. I have a few post ideas simmering, nothing major, but useful. Once I get my Kodachrome slides in, I will work up a piece on scanning Kodachrome.

Got a new product line of Lightroom presets coming up on X-Equals. XeL is a new preset platform, rethinking the way in which presets are used in Lightroom. There is a full series of XeL toolkits in the pipeline, which will be dropping throughout the year. In case any digital shooter are reading, hop over and check it out.

Also, in progress for a few months are two new eBooks. I have coming a book covering a SilverFast + Lightroom workflow, from prepping film to printed photos. There is also a version of the same book eschewing SilverFast, focusing on a VueScan + Lightroom workflow. Both books focus on how to get the best scan quality possible from consumer grade film scanners. Hope for both of these to be available by July as PDF, ePub, and Kindle files.

Well I’m going to wrap up for now. You all know I’m alive, and hope to be back helping revive film photography quickly. Catch me on Twitter @mwgray.

Be back soon.


  1. I’m glad to see you are back, I’ve missed this blog. I hope everything is going better now. I had a job change last year and photography unfortunately became a low priority for most of 2010. I’m looking forward to finally being able to get back to it this year. In fact I’m considering a new camera purchase partially just to make myself get back into the swing of things.

  2. Michael,

    I just stumbled upon your amazing, incredible, fantastic 3-part series on Lightroom’s HSL control at X-Equals, and so headed here. Although I don’t know you from Adam, I do know the feeling of “losing” a year. . .or, at times, a decade or, um, two. Life throws all of us a hell of a bunch of challenges, and it doesn’t help to say corny stuff like: “You didn’t lose a year if the year brought you here,” but, um, I’ll say it anyway.

    Presumably it will take you longer to “get back on track” than you anticipate — it always does — so. . . not that you asked for advice from a stranger, but. . .

    Try to take it easy on yourself, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to “make up for lost time.” That, in my experience, leads to a deeper sense of “losing more time,” which is a real bitch of a feeling.

    Thanks for the amazing photo information. I look forward to seeing more — and can wait till 2012, or ’13, or. . .


    • Ryan
    • March 31st, 2011

    Glad you’re back on track, I was just using one of your presets, thought about your site and read the above. I think I can relate a bit to your post. I feel like I lost 2009. Took me a bit to get over losing 2009. Got look ahead I guess……


    • Ryan
    • March 31st, 2011

    I meant “got to look ahead” – damn brain filling in the connecting words!

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