Worth Watching. Video by photographers Beverley and Dereck Joubert on big cats in Africa and their peril to survive on this planet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht6TTA8z3MI
Details of a canvas print. For my first canvas print I used Premier canvas, because it came in 17 ' x 22 ' sheets. Couldn't find a colour profile, so I made one up with the help of people on Naturescapes where I post. (Big thanks). I have since switched over to Breathing Color's "Lyve Canvas", it has great colour reproduction, details, and Dmax. Putting on the varnish can be a pain. I may switch over to their Crystalline canvas, if putting on the varnish becomes too impractical ( although the finish is very nice),,,,,,,,,(Crystalline Canvas requires no varnish)
Also the Stick and Stretch bars come in all different sizes. The 1 3/4 inch deep frames look the nicest in my opinion.
You can make all sorts of frame combinations. Panoramic, square, 2 x 3 ratio.........
Adding textures to photos seems to be quite popular at the moment.
There are a lot of different sets of textures which you can use, but Totally Rad Dirty Pictures, and Flypaper Textures seem to be two of my favourites. There are also freebies, and you can also create your own, if you have the time. There is another site called "Texture A Photo" which was featured on a Martin Bailey Podcast, but the bank only goes so far.
You can download it or have it sent on a flash drive.
Totally Rad will add your existing textures to its' library and autofit and rotate the textures to your base image. You can also preview your images with your selected texture, this is a huge time saver! The textures are also in RGB colour space, at 8 bit. If you work in TIFF (16 bit), I just convert the texture to the working space I am in when in Photoshop CS6.
The photo above is a Wisteria seed pod, shot high key on white matte board for the base image. Using Live View gives you a great preview on your camera for exposure, white balance, etc., (Canon cameras) before you press the shutter button. I added lots of different textures, and I will often use poster edges in Photoshop filters as well, to give an even grittier look. It is a lot of trial and error, and I have been working with this technique for about two years, and I can usually get an effect that I like and have in my head. A lot of times too though, it is a work in progress and takes shape as you are working on it. The image above had about 16 layers or so, all with different opacities and blending modes. I think this image took about 3 or 4 hours to complete. It is one of my favourites.
I recently took a workshop with Martin Bailey called Pixels2Pigment. The workshop was expensive (400 for two days), but I thought it was worth it. It was an intensive look into printing, from image to final print. Lots of info was covered, too much to go through here. You can get a lot of the information about printing and lots of other useful information on the Martin Bailey Podcast. Martin will not recommend anything that he has not used or tried himself.
He is currently using Breathing Color's "Lyve Canvas" for printing, and actually perfected the method of putting on their "Timeless Varnish" on the canvas. He followed their initial instructions, but found he was getting flaking (the ink actually coming off the print because too much varnish was applied). Instead he found you need much less varnish, applied rather quickly, in different directions. The first layer has quite a bit of pressure applied, with subsequent layers applied with less and less pressure in different directions.
Breathing Color will be putting out a new type of canvas coming to Canada in November called "Crystalline Canvas", and it will not require a coat of varnish. It will be available at Amplis Photo. You can buy a trial roll, and if you like it, you buy any size in a quantity of three or more, and there is a significant price break.
I must admit putting on the varnish is a bit of a pain. You can do maybe 3 or 4 prints at a time, and your environment and everything needs to be clean and dust free as possible. Use your Rocket Blower to clean up your surfaces!
I have tried applying the varnish, and don't think I applied enough pressure. I only did some test prints as I knew it would be a bit of a learning curve. I think the next batch will be much better. Also I use Hahnemuhle Stick and Stretch System. Pretty easy to use, and much cheaper than having your canvas stretched. It produces a professional looking image.
Also you can use Photoshop to do mirror images of the edges for the canvas wrap. I found an online Photoshop action, only 35 dollars. The program Perfect Resize will do the same thing, but it will cost you a lot more.
Anyways in summary, check out Martin Bailey's website and podcast. You won't be disappointed.
Recently I had to have some camera/lens repair done. I read about Sun Camera . They are an authorized Canon dealer.
I brought in my 50 mm 1.4, and my 580 EX Flash. My flash needed a new pin assembly, and the barrel on the 50mm was damaged. (Knocked off a shelf). They do not have a flat rate bench charge, but they will assess what needs to be done, and let you know the cost. You can decline the repair. You can also mail stuff in if you do not live close-by. They are also open on Saturday for those of us that work from M-F.
Total cost for both repairs was 235 dollars, with tax. Pretty reasonable in my opinion. Might be my imagination, but the 50 mm seems sharper than when I took it in. I think they did a calibration. I am sure I will be back for tune-ups and repair in the future. I recommend Sun Camera.
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