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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.

9:14:59 PM    

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.

7:04:19 PM