Thursday, February 24, 2011

Printing is not easy

I've been encouraged to print some of my stuff. Finally caved, and am in the process of looking for options.

The first was a "normal" 16x20. Went to Mpix for this, hearing that their work is pretty reliable. Ran it on e-Paper, Lustre Coat and a Standout, White edges. That was a pleasant experience; came out much better than I anticipated.

Continued that with a mission to print a couple of panoramas I had done awhile back. Got a recommendation to go to Graphic Pictures Hawaii Inc, in Kaka'ako. Finally located them. Took a couple of files in for processing.

Meeting Jerry was pretty cool. So much knowledge and history. And Ed. Oh my lord. Ed is such a kick! And, he knows his stuff. Best thing; they proof the work, let you make a decision based on that. They can do small adjustments to touch-up, but I should do that part. Just looked at the proofs, which looked really nice on lustre paper. Will be doing 2 canvases, stretched. 12x52-ish, each. And a paper copy on lustre. Hopefully to be in my grubby paws sometime late next week. Rather excited about this, actually.

In the meantime, ran another print to Mpix. A sunset I have been wanting to print, on metallic paper, 16x24. Wow. 2 days from order to Hawaii. Wild. Did it on double matboard, and it looks pretty amazing.

So much I have picked up, so much more to learn about the print process, and my role in it. Makes my head hurt.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Nikki Jennifer Photography is running a Giveaway!

For those peeps on Oahu (yes, can't afford to ship people in, sorry), Nikki Jennifer Photography is having a "Spread the Love" Giveaway from February 19, 2011 to March 5, 2011. Winners announced on her Blog, Twitter and Facebook pages. So yeah, you need to be a bit into the social networking scene.

(click on the image for a better view. or just go to her blog posting)

See her blog posting for details, prize listing, conditions, etc. And spread the love!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Went to the Museum, finally

Went to the museum, after a long wait. Heard it was renovated, and that the lighting was much better than it had been. They are also now allowing photography, with flash if needed.

Wow. Have to say that Bishop Museum is far from being a large place. It was actually a former estate. But walking into the main hall, I could see some of the work done. Nice work, gang.

Having heard of the new lighting scheme, I set myself for an "available light" session, no flash. I wanted to exhibit the work that was done to showcase the artifacts. I must say that it ended up being quite a challenge. Even with a Nikon D3s at ISO12800, I was getting shutter speeds down to 1/8. Ached for a tripod, but I could see that it would not be practical, with the narrow passageways and people moving around (Hawaiiana classes were in session). Made do with some bracing against pillars, if available, or attempting to handhold. No VR, oh my!

Came out with a lot more usable images than I thought I would, under the circumstances. It should be noted that I made it a point not to take images of anything related to gods or dead Hawaiians. I have seen too much to not believe. Call it superstitious, but I am not taking any chances there.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


It's warm, not snowing, but no surf. Sorry.

From the corner of Point Panic at Kaka'ako Waterfront Park, Honolulu. Been wanting to do this one for awhile now. Wish there were more "stuff" going on; it's usually pretty busy.

Made my notes at the Flickr posting (click through). Hope to try again and build on what I learned, and attempt to avoid my mistakes. Figure I have another couple of weeks before the sun is too far to the right, or I will have to wait till next fall, when it comes back again.