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  1. Thread: LF T Shirts

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    Re: LF T Shirts

    I like the mug.
  2. Re: Dynamic range of RA4 vs digital pigment print

    True, of course, but I don't know if that's really a relevant comparison. Adobe RGB is a working space, while CMYK (in Photoshop) is a generic space that kinda sorta mimics the device space of a...
  3. Re: No big whoop to most but OMG I can't believe it to me

    There are so many ways to wreck a piece of sheet film that I understand it feeling like a miracle.

    I got very lucky, sort of ... the first sheet I ever exposed was an image that I still like...
  4. Re: Dynamic range of RA4 vs digital pigment print

    And it's hard to imagine any amount of R&D overcoming the limitations of 3 dyes. Inkjet manufacturers always have the ability to add another ink, whether to improve gamut, highlight smoothness,...
  5. Re: Dynamic range of RA4 vs digital pigment print

    That's not a meaningful statement here. When you profile a paper / ink combination, you print a test target with hundreds of swatches (my software prints over 1600). It's enough to map, with great...
  6. Re: Dynamic range of RA4 vs digital pigment print

    Those gamut graphs are precise beyond what the human eye can discern, at least if the profiles are made directly from actual printers you're comparing. The generic profiles will be slightly...
  7. Re: Are Your Best B&W Inkjets Worth More Than Your Best B&W Wet Prints?

    Epson practically gives away their professional printers. The 3880 sells for $1100. I bought mine when they offered a $300 factory rebate (which they seem to do a couple of times a year). And the...
  8. Re: Dynamic range of RA4 vs digital pigment print

    That's a much bigger difference than I saw last time I checked. The RA-4 gamut doesn't even poke through anywhere.
  9. Re: Are Your Best B&W Inkjets Worth More Than Your Best B&W Wet Prints?

    I don't like to think about how often I woke up to find last night's perfect prints looking extremely un-perfect. Pretty sure it's a conspiracy.
  10. Re: Are Your Best B&W Inkjets Worth More Than Your Best B&W Wet Prints?

    I'm saving up for the one with the Perfect Print button.
  11. Re: Are Your Best B&W Inkjets Worth More Than Your Best B&W Wet Prints?

    For me the outliers are often difficult for mysterious technical reasons rather than creative ones. Several prints from a series will match the monitor image very closely, while another just doesn't....
  12. Re: Dynamic range of RA4 vs digital pigment print

    From a practical standpoint, I agree with Bob. When I look at color work these days at museums and galleries I'm often blown away by the print quality. I worked in a commercial lab in the mid-90s,...
  13. Re: Are Your Best B&W Inkjets Worth More Than Your Best B&W Wet Prints?

    Likewise so are lots of silver prints. It's a conservation fact that people like to ignore. We see it mostly with work from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some silver prints are unchanged; some...
  14. Re: Are Your Best B&W Inkjets Worth More Than Your Best B&W Wet Prints?

    Ink is ridiculously expensive, for sure. Part of it is Epson's pricing model, by which they make their money off the inks, not the printers. You're not obligated to play along. Nothing stops you from...
  15. Re: Are Your Best B&W Inkjets Worth More Than Your Best B&W Wet Prints?

    FWIW, the first time anyone, either an individual or an institution, acted concerned about the process I used, was this year. And it was someone with no collecting experience. His concern was caused...
  16. Re: Are Your Best B&W Inkjets Worth More Than Your Best B&W Wet Prints?

    I wasn't aware that Gursky switched to inkjet. His c-prints are absolutely digital. Digital compositing was central to a lot of his work. His most famous big color work was done in the late 1990s...
  17. Re: Are Your Best B&W Inkjets Worth More Than Your Best B&W Wet Prints?

    For comparable prints, I charge more for silver prints, for the simple reasons that I made them in very small editions, and because there won't be any more of them (the papers I used for those...
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    Re: Dance of the Molecules

    I don't have any way to know if they have a cynical agenda. I give them the benefit of the doubt that they believe in those value judgements. The trouble for me starts when someone tries to...
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    Re: Dance of the Molecules

    Sal seems educated to me. He's rebutted a nonsense argument with a coherent one.

    Not just a coherent one, but one that seems sound in light of my 15 years in the darkroom and 10 years pushing...
  20. Thread: Catsills?

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    Re: Catsills?

    This is true for sure, but is often compensated for by the things called "trails" in the northeast, which out west are called climber's trails, game trails, dry creek beds, rock piles, or cliffs....
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    Re: Robert Frank: "There are too many images."

    Re: the toolsets being different ...

    I think they're different primarily in how the user interacts with them.

    If you compare them carefully enough, the fundamental differences seem rather...
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    Re: Dance of the Molecules

    So ... those wishing to not be bored bored must assume your pictures are deeper than they look?
  23. Re: Pros & Cons - Dry Mounting Pigment Ink Prints from (digital printer)

    My silver prints are almost all on 11x14 or smaller paper. The paper I used buckles and curls a lot, but those sizes are still small enough that I'm happy with temporary corner mounts. My black and...
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    Re: Dance of the Molecules

    When I'm in the mood for amazing chemical transformations, I go to the kitchen.
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    Re: How to take my printing to the next level?

    I think it helps to study the prints you consider great. Look at them analytically; try to figure out why they work on you the way they do. And how the printmaker accomplished it.

    A great help...
  26. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    This is a common pattern for museums that have tried to save themselves by investing in facilities instead of art.

    See this recent story, and ponder if the even bigger problem might be the bozo...
  27. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    Contrast that with Woody Allen: "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work, I want to achieve it through not dying."
  28. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    Dying has always been a good business plan for artists.
  29. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    Exactly. Try making a cold call to donate work to a museum collection. I'm guessing you'll get some version of the same response (or a link to a page with submission instructions ... an anonymous...
  30. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    Enough spenders that plenty of these galleries are still paying their rent 10 years later.



    That happened around ten years ago. Big prints aren't a big deal anymore. But people continue to make...
  31. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    I don't see how photography galleries are endangered by rich people buying stuff as an investment. That phenomenon just created a different market segment. This has been going on for even longer with...
  32. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    A lot of what happens is real estate fanciness accelerating faster than gallery fanciness. Darin mentions photo galleries in the West Village. That used to be a bohemian neighborhood. Now it's one of...
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    Re: Do we still need Black and White FIlm???

    Agreed. I can't imagine going back to color film from digital. But if I do another black and white project I'll at least consider film. BW film has some unique strengths.
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    Re: I'm interested in a printer, I think...

    I asked an Epson tech about whether or not to turn off the 3880. He said turn it off when you're done for the day, but keep it turned on if you think you'll use it again in the next several hours.
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  35. Re: Are art galleries dinosaurs on the way to extinction?

    I don't think they're going to disappear. But they're probably going to face competition from other art-selling models. Some of these may be other kinds of brick-and-mortar business; a lot of them...
  36. Re: Is Ansel Adams' The Print a good beginner's bible?

    I remember liking it. Probably most helpful if you think of it as a primer and not a bible. Especially concerning AA's esthetic opinions and assumptions (all of which are rooted in a time long ago,...
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    Re: I'm interested in a printer, I think...

    If I were to attempt to untangle this morass of unsupportable assumptions and bad logic, I'd probably throw my back out of joint.
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    Re: I'm interested in a printer, I think...

    My printmaker has a 44" Epson and 60" Canon. The Canon is newer. His appraisal is that Canon is great for billboard media, and also a great respite from clogging ... it almost never clogs, while the...
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    Re: I'm interested in a printer, I think...

    My printmaker (for big stuff) uses a 7900. I think. He says it clogs constantly. Besides that, he loves it. He gestured around his studio and said that it had literally paid for everything. And the...
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    Re: I'm interested in a printer, I think...

    FWIW, I've had clogging problems with every inkjet printer I've used, with the exception of the 3880. I'm hard on printers; mine sit idle for weeks at a time between projects, and until recently, I...
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