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Sunday, May 02, 2004

I've been printing like crazy today with the 1280.  I'm now working on Promenade at 11 x 14.  I'm basically sticking with the Eboni-Neutral curve for everything.  And on top of that, had a couple of sales for the Giclee prints.  So should start to get some feedback soon.  Getting the print "right" is still challenging, but once you get it, you get it.  Lots of little curve tweaking before applying the MIS curve, but this is the same sort of thing you'd do in the darkroom, only it's more precise.  The color cartridge gets used up much faster than the black Eboni cartridge.

The prints really have to dry for 24 hours -- before applying the spray.  The Lumijet spray has more vapor than the Marshall spray, but seems to be a finer mist.  I'm going to have to come up with a better system for doing the spraying since you can't exactly do it in the rain on the fire-escape.

I've probably done about twenty different 5 x 7's -- and now I'm doing larger prints.  I did three 12 x 18's and I'm really curious to see how Promenade turns out at 11 x 14.  I tried to do the same dodging and burning that I would do in the darkroom on it, but this time in Photoshop.  I was also able to do some retouching on it in the "master" file -- which is kind of cool since I never have to do that retouching again.  Well, sure -- everyone knows that's one of the strong points of all this -- but it is a tremendous time saver.  The prints that were ordered this morning and last night are ready -- but still need to go through the spray process.  Hope it doesn't rain tomorrow.

7:23:33 PM    

My friend was supposed to come by this morning to record a song -- but couldn't make it through the bike race that at that poinjt was on 6th avenue.  The city is pretty much tied up with this race today.  Something like 30,000 riders.  So I hopped off the futon - packed the camera bag -- and headed out to the FDR.  Every year I try to get something from this race and usually wind up there too late.  Today, I was on time, and I think I got some good shots.

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I also changed the descriptions in the "for sale" area to Giclee or Silver Gelatin.  I don't think it will make a big difference to anyone -- but who knows.  That's the way I'm going to do it for now.  I am now prepared to start adding some of the new prints as Giclee, having printed many of them yesterday.  However, to do a big 12 x 18, which I did yesterday -- if this is the way I'm going to go, I'm going to have to get a Continuous Ink System, even though I've heard some real horror stories.  But economically -- there's just no other way to make this feasible.  So, should I get the NOMORECARTS or the MIS?  Are there any other choices?  The MIS comes pre-filled, so that's nice.  But my friend in Alaska has had some serious problems with his system, though he can't say for sure that it is the CIS or something else.  Anyway, the main thing seems to be clogging at various points.  Hate to switch when I finally have this thing working perfectly, but -- no other way unless I just stick to selling smaller Giclee.  I have time to decide, since I have another two sets of cartridges -- but if I do big prints, that's going to go pretty quick.

11:34:16 AM    


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