Black and White Photography - Vol. II

Dave Beckerman Photo Blog (New York Photography)

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23 July, 2008 (19:56)

Yes - thank you all for continuing to vote. It’s helped me clean up the galleries. I removed about 30 images or so. Partly based on the ratings but also on what’s sold or in many cases never sold. In a few days someone will call asking about a photograph I removed.  Happens every time. But less is more.

You know how it is. You fall in love with your latest picture and eventually have to get some distance on it. The galleries are - after all - how I’m making a living so you have to ask yourself - is that a picture I’d put on the wall or not.

So the rating gizmo is synced properly to the pages now, but I’m still waiting for the thumbnails to show up.  They make an appearance for a while, then they go for a powder.

Anyway - no new infrared since 1) it’s been raining off and on and 2) I’ve got a bunch of new orders to print. One thing I did recently is offer the prints without mats.  I think I mentioned that before.  Such a little change means so much to me.

It’s great.  Several orders came in for unmatted prints.  And I love it.  No, I wasn’t actually cutting the window openings anymore.  I have that done for me (luxury).  But still, you’ve got to attach the print, and the larger anything is, the more packaging is involved.  In other words it’s a lot easier to bend a 30 inch long by 2 inch carton as opposed to a 2 inch by 2 inch carton.  You know what I mean.

I also removed all the 5 x 7 sizes. That just wasn’t worth the effort, and 5 x 7 isn’t really a natural size anyway for my shots so they were always cropped slightly which I didn’t like. It’s also one less stack of mats and packaging I need to store in the cramped apt.  If you want the print – then you’ve got to buy it in it’s natural size.

What else?  That new air-conditioner I got a few weeks ago. The company that installed it (and installing air-conditioners is all they do) didn’t put a new sleeve in (which it needed) so it had been dripping for a while into the apartment below. Didn’t know that until the landlord called me. Now there’s a tray that fills up in about an hour beneath it while I wait for the installers to get back to me about the new sleeve. I’m hoping that isn’t going to be too expensive. What I could use is a small water pump with a tube that runs from the tray (or better yet the a/c) and drops the water out the window. I think an aquarium pump would work well.  Okay, I’ll try and tilt the thing tomorrow.  It’s a through the wall unit, and so far I haven’t been able to get it to tilt towards the outside but will try again.

The cat has discovered the water tray and wants to drink from it so I’m busy emptying the tray and keeping an eye on the cat. Not easy to do while I’m asleep.

Anyway - keep voting if you have the patience. But I have to admit - there’s no paper trail and the gizmo can be fooled if you clear your cookies.  (Hmmm, that is an odd-sounding phrase).  Doctor – what happened to this patient?  It’s an unfortunate situation, nurse.  His cookies were cleared.

Okay, enough of this.  I can’t wait ‘til autumn.

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Comment from Michael
Time: July 24, 2008, 4:00 am

Surely clearing your cookies is equivalent to the technicolor yawn, driving the porcelain bus, etc?

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