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Black and White Photography, New York: Tuesday, April 27, 2004

http://www.breathingcolor.com/gv.htm

Water-based varnish: spoke with the guy at breathingcolor - who was basically saying that the stuff didn't work well unless the paper and ink combination was water-resistant.  I didn't want to buy a tin of this stuff without testing it ($50 a tin); so after we spoke, came up with the idea of wetting a sponge and running it over one of my MIS prints and some of the black ink did come off on one print, and not much on another.  So, I think I'm going to cross it off my list for now.

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I'm going to try Renaissance Wax next.  I'm looking at a bunch of prints I did today.  They really do look beautiful.  Not really like an RC print, and not like a fiber print -- somewhat sharper, and it seems to me more detail, greater tonality, and more "perfect" looking.  They have a sense of being "etched."

6:18:26 PM    

You might have to take me out and shoot me soon.  I just received the Eboni Black cartridge and a new color cartridge -- put 'em in and tried to do a nozzle check and this is what I get:

The black cartridge cannot be recognized.  Please replace cartridge.  I took it out and put it back a few times.  Same message.  Then I decided to put the old Photo Black cartridge back in.  Slightly different message but same result -- it didn't see the ink.

I turned off the printer.  I unplugged it.  I turned off the PC.  Turned 'em on again.  Same problem.  Called MIS and left a message.  Ugh.

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Okay.  I'm back in business.  I took the chip off an Epson Black Cartridge and stuck it on the Eboni cartridge and things are back to normal.  And basically, MIS called me pretty quickly and suggested the same thing, and that they'd send me a replacement chip.  I wonder whether you can just keep using the same two chips over and over... don't see why not... well, yes -- each chip has a unique number and the heads count down.  But if you pull the power on the printer, I don't see that it would remember the chip number -- would it?

12:53:22 PM    

The pizza wheels (metal ejector gears) are off.  On the 1280, there are actually 7 gears (some double wheels) on a plastic strip.  There are three screws that need to be removed on the metal plate so that the strips can be dropped through: two on the horizontal part of the plate - one on each side.  And a third (which I didn't know about) on the right side behind a white plastic strip.  Removing these, at least in my experience, is an absolute must to prevent tracking when there is a lot of ink going on.  It does, of course kill the warranty -- but I guess you could always put them back on if you had to send the 1280 in for servicing.

12:14:15 PM    

"Hi

I've been avidly reading your blog over the past couple of months and
had to tell you how much I've enjoyed it. I've started to do digital
printing as well, so you've been a real inspiration and source of
information for me these past few weeks. " - M.

I am glad someone has found something useful in my documentation of this headache (ah, process, or challenge).  It's not really extra work for me because I'm using the blog as a log, so that I can go back and see what settings etc. were used.

11:27:11 AM    

A giclee (pronounced "zheeclay") is a French word meaning, "fine spray".

"The word Giclee itself is French, and means spurt or squirt, however the spray is more like a mist, each droplet being the size of a red blood cell."

A French term meaning �to spray.�

Giclee is a french term that means "to squirt."

A giclee (pronounced "zheeclay") is a French word meaning, "fine spray".

Giclee refers to a new method of creating limited edition prints.

A computerized reproduction technique in which prints are created using a very high quality inkjet printer.

An extremely high resolution digital image of the artwork is made, then loaded into specially enhanced printers that output the digital image onto fine art paper or canvas.

It is very important to use UV glass with these prints, because being printed with dyes, which historically are not very colorfast, they can fade quickly.

The inks have been lab tested to withstand normal home lighting conditions for anywhere from thirty five to two hundred years (depending on the ink and the paper used) before showing any sign of fading.  Probably, a greater life than some original works of art.

The word also has some slang meanings in French which I'll leave to your own imagination.

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As you can see - nobody agrees on what exactly a Giclee is.  The only thing they have in common at this point is that they are reproductions and are created using some sort of mechanical spraying process. It's not all that different from calling a print a silver gelatin print - which has that "snob" appeal, and some real meaning among photographers and collectors.  In fact, when I first began selling black and white prints, I did sometimes call them silver gelatin or gelatin silver and received numerous inquiries about what exactly were these silver gelatin items I was selling.  Were they anything like the black and white prints they had taken themselves in years gone by?

No - these were made with special highly enriched silver imported from the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico....

At any rate -- I'm waiting for my new ink supply to arrive.  I've been fooling around with the printer alignment.  That does seem to have something to do with slight banding, and definitely with the appearance of any grain -- but the procedure for the 1280, especially with the color head alignment, is not exactly foolproof.  Basically, it involves printing a sheet of squares and then putting the same paper in again and printing over them and looking at the "grain" of the squares and picking the smoothest.  But you can throw the whole thing off pretty easily if the paper you put in for the overprinting isn't in the exact same spot as the first time you put it in. 

10:55:08 AM    


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