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Black and White Photography, New York: Thursday, April 08, 2004

The Red River card stock samples arrived.  In ten minutes I had designed my first card.  Print the front and back at the same time.  Nice and thick.  Great finish to the stock.  I've only fooled around with one surface so far but with all the futzing around I've been doing with the inkjet process -- this was a piece of cake.

I will have to change the web site later.  No more Strathmore mounted cards.  Here's the card, pre-scored to fold in half; great surface.  Fini.

No more printing, and waiting for the print to dry and then sticking it on the Strathmore and waiting for that to dry etc.  No more printing the logo etc. in a separate process on the back of the Strathmore.  One pass through the 1280 -- that's it.

And as I suspected, the best results are with the Colorlife Paper settings that I've been using for Colorlife paper.

Now I can take a nap.

8:39:14 PM    

After doing both inkjet and darkroom stuff today, there's one production difference which isn't initially obvious.  You go into the darkroom, you are setup, you get the print the way you like it, (even if you have good notes it's not always exactly the same timing); you've got your 4 x 5 negative in the carrier, and you start printing.  The urge is, since everything is setup, to make as many prints from this one negative as you can before you get tired (assuming it is a popular negative).

In about the same time, before going into the darkroom -- I printed, from scratch (including whatever manipulation was necessary, which wasn't much) ten different 5 x 7's.  You don't feel like, man, everything is setup, I'd better do ten of the same scan.

Okay -- then with the wet prints, you still need to wash them, let them dry, and then go through the flattening procedure overnight.  With the inkjet, they also have to dry, but you can stick them into something that just keeps them separated from eachother, and the next morning you are done. 

1:36:01 PM    

I know there's a lot of hoopla leading up to the Condy Rice testimony.  I don't believe the build up is going to match the testimony.  It may turn into a "he-said, she-said" but that's about it.  She'll give a long explanation defending the adminstration, and then there will be 10 minutes for each questioner.  Nothing new will come from it that isn't already known.

That's my prediction.  When it is over, there will be all sorts of partisan spinning.  Those who support President Bush will think she did fine.  Those who think the administration made mistakes, will continue to think that.

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The digital prints look great this morning.  Completely neutral in tone.  And many are as good or better than RC type prints.  If the RIP software was sold on a try-it basis, I would try it.  I am not convinced that I could do better with it.  What I see on the screen matches what comes out of the printer.  One thing that helped with that was recalibrating the monitor so that the color temperature was set to 7500 degrees rather than the whiter 9300 degrees it had been set to.

Current settings:

File Mode: Grayscale, 300 DPI

Color Preferences:
Color Working Space: RGB 1998
Gray: Gamma 2.2
Spot: Dot Gain 15%

Policies: Preserve all Embedded policies

Conversion Options:
Engine: Adobe ACE
Intent: Relative Colorimetric
Use: Black Point, Dithering
Blend RGB Colors: Gamma 1.0

Printer Setup Page, Advanced:

Ink: COLOR!

Media: Colorlife
Color Management: ICM
Print Quality: 1440 dpi
(Note: I did find a warning in the 1280 readme file about problems with Colorlife Paper and 2880 dpi if the humidity wasn't right, i.e. the ink might not be absorbed properly, and I'm guessing that was causing the problems I had with ink smudging).

Print Review Settings:

Source Space: Gray Gamma 2.2

Print Space:
Profile: Same as Working Space

And that, my friends is it.  Simple, huh?

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8:11:58 AM    


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