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Monday, May 03, 2004

Just for fun, I went to the medicare.gov site to compare prices.  I'm not old enough to use this, but I was curious to see how some drugs that I do use are priced.  You fill in your zip code.  Then there are drugs to search through (mine wasn't there) - so I picked another drug.  A few more clicks and then I get the following error message:

Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server error '80040e31'
Timeout expired
/compare_summary.asp, line 210

Don't you just love how our tax dollars are hard at work.

 

4:37:41 PM    

New York Times Image

Kids, Subway Window - 2004

1:36:59 PM    

Giclée (hold down the alt key and press 0233) - thanks all.  I knew it was on the number pad somewhere.

Funniest use of an accent mark in any film: The Bank Dick (W.C. Fields)

Stranger: Are you Mr. Souse?

W.C. Fields: That's Sous-say. S-o-u-s accent grave over the last e.  Egbert Sousé

"Don't be a luddy duddy. Don't be a moon calf. Don't be a jabbernowl. You're not those, are you?"
(WC calling his future son-in-law names because he refuses to embezzle money from the bank where WC is guard, in The Bank Dick.)

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9:50:43 AM    

Have received a number of emails urging me to continue documenting this Giclee (nee inkjet) process.  So I'll go on -- since I am still in the middle of it.  Still a lot of suggestions about what to call the process - some saying that Giclee has a "highfalutin'" ring to it - and that I should stick with some sort of phrase that has inkjet in it: Carbon Inkjet, Carbon on Paper, Quadtone Inkjet etc.  It's tough, but the purpose of words is to communicate some idea -- and right now -- anything that has inkjet in it sends people running to the exit.  And I don't think that I - the photographer eeking out a living - is going to change that single-handedly. 

It is difficult enough to survive, much less flourish, as a photographer -- than to try and change people's associations with the dreaded inkjet.  The name is strictly for marketing purposes.  Marketing means survival.  Survival means you have a chance to create more photographs.  The same goes for the limited edition business.  Purely marketing. 

There is no limit to the number of photographs you can print, either in the darkroom or the with an inkjet printer other than your lifespan and health.  If the consumer will pay more for a limited edition, although it is an artiface - so be it.

Item: Yesterday's Giclee of Promenade (11 x 14)

It is quite nice, but different from the original as the darkroom print.  On a tonal level, it has a more "open" look in the shadows.  As far as resolution - not quite up to par.  Part of the reason is that this was done from a 4 x 5 negative, and scanned on the Epson flatbed with the transparency attachement and this is just not good enough.  To do a fair test, I'm going to have the larger format and medium format negatives scanned properly someplace else and do tests based on those scans.

Another thing I notice is that each size, in my opinion, needs its own file and its own tweaks.  The reason is that the larger prints, say 12 x 18, seem to have less contrast then the smaller prints.  It's not a big deal to punch in a bit more contrast -- just something you need to be aware of.

This has nothing to do with the inkset.  I noticed it before with Epson inks.

To get back to the name -- I still find it fascinating to think back to the paleolithic man spitting drawings with ash and saliva in what would later become France.  So there is some connection in my mind with the French word Giclee -- though I should at the least figure out how to print the accent mark over the next to last "e".

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Dave - Why don't you go make to your heritage and call them Spritz-Prints?  Yiddish is a much more expressive language.  Spritz (meaning to spit) is perfect.  But it is a little hard to say Spritz Prints, so you might combine the modern and the ancient and call them Spritzjet Prints. - Uncle Joe.

8:50:28 AM    


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