Monday, 15 June 2009

starting next volumes

Receiving and reading through the two volumes revealed a lot of niggling errors and typos. It reminded me how hard it is to see your own work. Without a bit of time away and actually handling and "reading" a book it is almost impossible to edit and proof your own work. You a re still in that creative space and seeing the book is the only way i find to put myself in the viewer/consumers place. Luckily one of the early sales has started a correspondence with a knowledgeable reader who has agreed to be a proof reader for the wage of free books - result! Vol 3 & 4 have therefore been reedited and some additional images added.

After a slow start with vol 1 &2 I have employed a student to scan the next batch of photos for me and I am now getting a chance to study them all in a bit more depth. Although it's a less sensory experience than handling the photos the digital manipulation is more rewarding when looking for those more insignificant details. Scanned at 1200 dpi you can really get a sense of the detail captured in some very small prints.

With the focus turning to the early years of the war I am starting to get into the initial versions and have a good feeling for these volumes. Particularly vol 2 which will cover Ausf D&E. I have got some images of Hybrid vehicles that haven't had much coverage, interesting images of white wheels on desert vehicles and uncovered some info concerning stowage in Russia that may well have to become a volume in its own right.