Archive for July, 2008

30
Jul
08

hot in the summer

Haven’t been much posting lately. One of the reasons is that it is still pretty intense at work. If things were according to plans, everything should have been calm now, but those plans slipped a little, and since I am one of the few remaining when most have their vacation, things get quite busy. The second reason is the summer heat. The past days have been very hot. So, it haven’t been much tempting to sit down with my computer after work.

I am working on setting up a page for the print swapping group, but for the same reasons it has slowed down. If anyone else is interested in participating, please send me a message. There is still room for one more (maybe two)

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24
Jul
08

small forest lake

24
Jul
08

workflow, what to do with finished files

I’ve been pondering for a while what to do with finished files. That is pictures that I have processed in photoshop and that I am now happy with. So far I have saved them with all the layers intact. I do non destructive processing on layers, which is very valuable when the work is in progress, but it takes up a lot of space, and makes the psd files harder to handle. Not that space in itself is that important, hard disk is very cheap these days, but the handling when printing is a drag. But there is an even more important reason. Some times when I look at a picture that was previously marked as finshed, I find something that need to be corrected. Then I start to remove layers, change layers and add new ones. This sound good, but in reality it is not. All the history that lies in these layers prevent me from looking with fresh eyes. I remember the decisions I made the last time. It also prevents me from applying new techniques and more refined craftmanship that I have acquired since the last time. It may even be that I should make some adjustments in the RAW converter, which even may be a newer one. It’s really better to start with a fresh copy.

I have a color scheme in Lightroom that I use to keep track of work in progress. A raw file marked with red is found worthy of post processing. Once I creeate a psd file of it, it gets labeled yellow to indicate work in progress, and once I declare it finished it becomes green. Last night I went through the green ones and flattened all the layers within them.

23
Jul
08

Another print swap

Just got a bunch of prints from Les R. He doesn’t have a web page (yet??), so I can’t link to the pictures.

In my previous swaps we have always looked through each others pictures and chosen one that we liked, which is printed and mailed. This time, only Les did that with my pictures, and I send him one of this. Since I had no way of looking at his pictures in advance, I told him to send me one of his favourites, but he obviously wanted to make sure that I got one I liked, so he send a small stack. And it paid off. Among those prints, I found a couple I liked very well.

I guess my print is still in transit.

23
Jul
08

another dead tree

It was raining a couple of days ago, and I went out in the evening when it had stopped. Didn’t think this would turn into anything until I opened it today.

14
Jul
08

protective spray, first impression

I just bought the Hahnemuhle protective spray to use on some matt prints. I love to hang prints in my own home without glass, especially the matt papers, and I thought I would give the protective spray a go. I can’t say anything on longivety, have to trust the bright folks at HM there, but I can tell a couple of things about its practical use and the result.

I haven’t got that much experience yet, but enough to write a couple of lines.

First of all, the advertisement says “Odorless”!! That is just b..sh..t. It stinks, so go outside to spray.

On PhotoRag, the result is very nice. It makes the black sink in just a tiny bit more, and it doesn’t seem to change the colors of the image. I haven’t done any extensive side by side tests, but then I don’t do product shots either.

On Fine Art Pearl it smooth of the gloss differential ever so slightly, but not completely. At least no if you stick with light coats. Apart from that, it doesn’t alter the surface that much. Well, the image gives a slightly more glossy impression since the highlights are a bit more glossy.

Harman Gloss FBAL – Just forget it. that is, unless you whished the paper looked more like luster. The spray completely ruins the marvelous surface of the paper. It does however reduce the bronzing of the blue colors I was complaining about recently.

I think I will stick to using it for matt paper only. Both for hanging pictures, and for inlayed pictures on book covers and portfolio cases. Make sure that the print is completely free of particles before you spray or it will get glued to the surface.

14
Jul
08

panorama on Epson 3800, a twist

Some time ago I wrote a happy little post about printing panoramas using roll paper on my Epson 3800.

Here the other day, I wanted to try a pano of a 9 image stitch I made using the RRS pano head. It was just for fun. I think the aspect ratio was about 5:1, wich is far too wide for comfortable viewing. I had a 30cm roll of premium luster lying around, and I discovered that I could use the box it came in as a roll holder. I turned the printer and put the roll in our guest bed. Then I pulled out some paper, and fed through the rear feed. I made sure to add some slack so the printer didn’t have to pull paper itself.

Back to the computer, I fired up ImagePrint, which has a roll paper option where it will stop the paper immadiately after printing the image so you can cut (probably for printer with manual cutters). The 3800 is not intended for roll, and has no cutter at all, but I thought I just could run a scissor along the back feeding slot when the printer was finished. So the plan was layd down, and I pushed the print button.

The printer started its swooshing, and I made sure to pull out paper to maintain the slack, and to manage the paper coming out of the printer to avoid damagin the surface. All is well until we reach the end. This is where the 3800 really proves that it is not made for roll paper. As soon as it is finished with the last head pass, it started to eject paper at a stunning speed. And it was determined to keep on ejecting until all paper was out of the printer, which would make a lot of mess since I had more than 20 meters left on the roll. I did not respond to any buttons, it even refused to turn off when I pushed the power button. After approximately 2 meters of paper, I pulled the power cord, and it went silent.

Time to calm down, cut the paper and clean up the mess.

So, the conclusion is that the Epson 3800 is really, really not a printer made for roll paper. Don’t try. You can make panoramas, but then you must pre-cut the sheet, which is what I will do the next time.




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