Peak of the Week

Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Peak of the week

This past weekend’s shoot now has over 140 viewers.  It’s nice to see people enjoying or trying to find their pictures.  With the new pricing structure, I expect to see more people buying 5×7’s and 8×10’s than I did in the past.  I think this is great because 4×6’s are so small and insignificant in comparison to a nice enlargement.  Plus if you’re making a photo album, a nice big print really makes an impressive page when it’s sharp and clear and the facial expression is nice, with the eyes visible.

My family always got 4×6’s when I was a kid and that was all we ever expected because down at the store it cost $12 for an 8×10.  Well, now the game is different with digital imaging, an 8×10 is actually quite reasonably priced for many middle class folks.  I have a customer that buys almost all 8x10s (from Oregon).  The files can be examined on-screen for sharpness (no more light table and loupe necessary) and it no more time to make an enlargement than it does to make a 4×6.

I just got a new printer for home printing and for printing pictures for Holly’s Sunday School class.  If you’re looking for a new home printer for 4×6’s I recommend Olympus’ portable dye-sublimation printer, the P-11.  It prints from my archaic USB 1.1 Sony Vaio PCG-FXA33 in about 45 seconds and makes glossy prints that are quite nice and also durable.  The prints it makes are suitable, in my opinion to sell and put my name on.  The per print cost is much lower than my HP 7700 which used dye based inks that were quite expensive to purchase a packet of 100 4×6’s and the included ribbon is $29 from Amazon and comes to Alaska free via Amazon’s Super Saver Shipping.  Most consumer digital cameras have a 4×3 ratio sensor and to meet that need there is the 3.5×5 print paper.  The consumables come only in packets which include paper and ribbon and they are supposed to run out together.

I haven’t entirely mastered the output seetins yet and may have to buy some more color management equipment to help fine tune the color and the degree of lighting in the shadows of the prints.

Easter Weekend

Monday, April 17, 2006
Easter weekend

It was a fun weekend for photography.  The weather was semi-cooperative for the track meet–it didn’t rain, but it didn’t really shine either and the track was wet.  Many of the kids were shivering and red from the cold wind.  Covering a track meet by myself is a difficult thing to do as there is so much going on at once: sprints, discus, long-jump, and triple-jump.  Although I didn’t get to shoot all the events, it was fun to see the kids competing.

The Easter egg hunt and related events are getting better each year at the Elk’s Lodge.  This year the egg hunt was divided up into various age groups and went really well.  The little kids were able to get some eggs this year because they went first, then another older age-group went next and searched the playground, then the older kids went last and searched the woods.  Plus inside the lodge, things were more organized this year than last year and it didn’t seem as harried.

The Big Air snowboarding stunt competition had a bitterly cold wind that some weren’t prepared for. It was the coldest Big Air competition that I’ve been to. But even though it was cold, it was better than in years past in many ways: instead of just two types jumps, there were three: one for the beginners, one for the intermediate contestants, and one big ramp for the advanced.  I thought it was much better organized this year: things just continue to improve each year.  One improvement for next year will be that if it the weather turns out to be miserable, we might see the advanced contestants go first instead of last so that those that aren’t’ prepared for the cold weather can see the really good jumps and stunts.  Some of the crowd also thought it would be cool if there weren’t such long delays in which it seems like nothing is happening–perhaps a time limit once a contestant gets the go ahead.

The Easter Service at church was very nice too starting off with a potluck breakfast and finishing up early with family portraits followed by dismissal without Sunday School–which was nice because our little family was tired by then.

I hope you had as Good an Easter as we had.