Print It!

For Christmas I gave gifts that kept on giving… and cost my friend’s money… and a smile.

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To a special few, I handed out my own photographs.  Not only photos that I took, but that I printed.  Who knew printing was it’s own craft and art?  I have learned more about ICC (International Color Consortium) profiles, paper types, RGB space, CMYK, Pro Photo and things I’m still learning.  I have learned the need for sharpening, adding contrast, and calibrating my monitor to establish a true baseline for my prints.  Who knew?

Traditional photo paper is RC, or resin coated paper, and comes in more well known brands and types than you can shake a stick at.  But then there’s paper canvas, cotton fiber, and fine art papers that truly make wildlife and textures come alive.  There is so much I have learned… and still so much I don’t know.

What I do know is I love my new Epson 3880 Large Format printer.  It prints 17″x22″ and below, including the popular 13″x19″ sizes.  Even paper sizes are new to me.  I feel like I have been living in an alternate universe, one that was devoid of all this depth of knowledge of printing, papers and their new technologies that I was absolutely oblivious to. There may not be enough time left in my life to learn all I have yet to learn.

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Photographic Style

When I first started this endeavor of throwing myself into my photography and learning, improving, practicing, and publishing, I read a lot about Photographic Style.  These books recommend that you choose one.  What the heck does that mean?  Why can’t I just shoot whatever I want, whenever I want, as it appears to me?  I pretty much disregarded the advice.

Now, as I look at my photos, I realize, I didn’t disregard it… I did make a decision,even if it might not have been conscious.  I dislike taking photos of people.  I am just uncomfortable pointing a photo at a person as I feel it invades their space.  That may seem silly, but it’s just not my thing.  So I avoid it.  (That being said, I am trying to get more into it, as it does add a lot to a photo.)

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I naturally find myself taking photos of my environment.  Those are the types of photos that inspire me, and make me comfortable.  I love capturing the Landscape and Wildlife that surrounds me.  I can be at peace with those subjects, take my time, and carefully compose the perfect picture.

So I guess my Photographic Style found me… I’m a Landscape and Wildlife photographer.  Hmmm.  I’m way ok with that.