As far as inkjet papers go, I've decided to use
Ilford Smooth Pearl &
Smooth Gloss. Both work well with 2200 photo black. Every
once in a while, I'll have to change to matte black when I print on the
Hahnemuhle Photorag. It seems to me that the people shots tend to
look better on the Gloss, and landscapes, abstracts - look better on
the Smooth Pearl.
Whether the photos were "put through Photoshop" - at this
point, if it is something new, it's has been run through Photoshop.
Whether the image is composed of a series of images or not - almost all
of them are these days. In fact I walk around the streets
sometimes just taking pictures of items that I think I can use in some
future picture. I'm becoming a sort of digital trash
collector. For example, this morning, on my way to Adorama for
the paper - I saw some "low hydrants," i.e. that I could shoot straight
down at, and I was muttering to myself - man, this is the place for low
hydrants all right. Wow, there's another one.
And then I found this shopping bag which had been torn apart, and I
began taking pictures of the pieces, thinking that at some point I
would try to put the pieces back together. I'm just going to call
this the mosaic phase.
When I was younger, I knew a couple of artists, and I thought they were
a little bit touched in the head. Well, now I know how it happens.
Wow, look at that window, almost like a tic-tac-toe grid. Wonder
what would happen if I put some images into the square and scaled them
properly - some from the outside and some from an interior. What
would the eye make of it?