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Thursday, March 24, 2005
Added Mr. Montage to the New Prints section. This one gave me a lot of problems printing and I've been working on it off and on for the last month or so.
The funny thing - today I finally went to Amazon to order what he's
been asking for: Montage by Dave Brubeck, but there is no such
thing. So I have to do a little research and find out that
Brubeck played with Leonard Bernstein at some point and one of the cuts
was mistitled Montage. When I told him about it, he asked for
something by Stevie Ray Vaughan.
I love Stevie Ray, he said. He's fast. Really fast. I like fast blues.
Then he began hitting his head, as he does when he gets nervous: "Dave,
don't be mad at me. Don't be mad at me." You have to touch
him on the shoulder and say, "I'm not mad at you."
Then he goes back into his corporate mode: "So you'll get Stevie Ray
for me. Are you going to order it today? Will it get here
in time for Easter?"
But I'm telling you, this guy has
fantastic taste. I was just thinking about getting some Stevie
Ray so I could practice electric guitar along with.
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Oh, and one other technical thing: I began printing 6 x 9 shots from
1600 / 20D. It's fine. Believe me, I have film shots from
400 ASA with much more grain. Well, that is if you want to equate
digital noise with film grain. Maybe they're different, I don't
know. What I do know is that what noise there is at that speed
doesn't detract in any way from the print and this is with noise
correction set one notch up in C1.
Josh made a good point about this,
which is that noise is much more discernable in color prints, and since
everything I'm doing is b&w it is not much of an issue for me.
Spent a fair amount of the day working on doing a restoration of a
small print my father gave me a few months ago of his parents. I
don't know when it was taken but it was a long time ago, with a square
format camera in color (if you can call it that). Besides the
usual scratches, dust, and marks - it is way faded. Oh, and the
original is out of focus, and taken in broad daylight with nice deep
shadows where the eyes are supposed to be. But I went back to the
chapter in Photoshop for Photographers and I almost have something
decent. I guess there are plug-ins to do this, but it was another
good learning experience for me. I didn't realize that you could
set up an adjustment level layer and then use it like a quick mask.
Also ended up using the gradient tool for the first time on an
adjustment layer, dark to light foreground/bg. I'll put up before and after when it's
done. Right now I have to finish it up because it's for his
birthday party this weekend.
I also put together a montage of about 40 images of the kids, the
grandkids, the pets, and pictures of houses we lived in. That was
easy and fun and I got to use all my "blending layer" skills.