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Black and White Photography, New York: Wednesday, May 12, 2004

He knew he was right, although some of the facts didn't quite fit in.  But that guy was a bad guy - in fact he was one of the evil ones.  There was no sense going back over it.  When he had that feeling in his gut - that was it: done deal.

With all the things that had gone wrong, they were asking him whether he had any doubts.  Doubts?  How could he?  As far as he was concerned, he had been chosen by a higher power to do battle with the forces of darkness.  And so far, hadn't everything happened as it was shown to him? 

Doubt was for wimps.  He was feeling very strong.  His prayer, and subsequent workout finished - he was checking his pulse: 54 beats per minute.  Feeling the blood going so surely through his patrician veins, he thought about his second-in-command.  Poor fella.  Bum ticker. 

His second-in-command was finishing his own workout - making sure that he was getting all the blood-thinners he needed.  He was, by all accounts, a dour, incredibly laconic man.  No one knew for sure what he was thinking until his thoughts became action, and then everyone knew what was what.

Unlike his boss, this second-in-command had doubts - lots of them.  But his greatest doubt was whether he would live to see his dreams of world domination come to fruition. 

 

10:11:18 PM    

Just an update: I've really been loving this MIS Ink process.  Here's the total workflow for a 35mm negative.

1) Scan the negative in at a high resolution, usually 5400, with 2x multiscan on.  Do some minor tone corrections with the scanner DiMage scanner software. Grayscale.

2) Do whatever tone corrections, spotting etc. on the large image.

3) For a small size, use the bicubic mode and bring down to size at 360 dpi.

4) Apply some unsharping to the smaller image (not to the larger image)

5) Use an action to switch to RGB, and to apply the curve.  Most of the time this is the Eboni-Neutral curve, but the Eboni-Carbon has a nice warm tone and works well for some images. I don't save any of the files in RGB mode -- I can apply different curves as needed that way, and the file size is smaller.

6) Print.

Specific Print Driver Settings.  I'm printing on Epson Semi-Gloss paper.  DPI is 1440.  High-speed is off (though I'm still not sure if I can see a big difference between having it on and off).  Media: Photo Paper.

No Color Adjustment (This is done through the Adjustment Curve).

All of this and more is on the MIS Ink Site.

Maintenance:

Try to at least print a test pattern once a day if you haven't printed anything else.

Once a week, or as needed you may need to clean the "dump" parking pad.  Pretty straight foward, just tell the thing that you are going to switch inks so the head moves to the left, and use a bunch of paper towels to soak up the ink in the pad.  I also use a couple of q-tips to clean under the head a bit, and wherever else ink accumulates.

That's about it.  It sounds simple.  I haven't gone into the preparation stuff when you first get started with all this but here are a few tips:

Make sure the printer is on a rock-solid surface.  Vibrations are dangerous to the process.  If you are getting some banding or calibration - besides cleaning the head (no more than 3x at any one time) - calibrating the head is very important.  A sense of graininess, at least for me, meant that the color head was out of alignment.

I'm still using cartridges.  I'm not going to go to the CIS (Continuous Ink System) as of yet.  That makes me nervous, though the savings are considerable.

 

12:00:50 PM    

Okay. Friday is D-Day.  I'm still glueing little bits of wood to the back ot this thing to make it sturdier.  My friend who saw the idiotic contraption suggested that instead of selling pictures I should patent the contraption and sell that.  Yeah, right.

When you do see it, you'll suggest that I take a course in woodworking, and perhaps I've inhaled too much wood glue - though I don't think that stuff is the problem.  The main problem is the usual problem, not enough tools to do it right.  I kept going to the local hardware store and buying more "c-clamps" so I could glue various parts together at the same time. 

Well, then I realized I needed some bags to give to people to put their stuff in, so I went to my local Punjab Deli and they got me 500 little bags for $9.  And a sign of some sort...

Now I'm just sitting at home practicing swiping credit cards with my card swiping gizmo. 

Anyway -- I'll bring my Hexar with me on Friday and have somebody snap a picture of me behind my table, or being run off by the police or other vendors.

10:25:22 AM    


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