Fed the cats. They were thrilled. Sera’s now hanging out at my feet under my ‘desk.’ My feet, however, smell horrific today (double days do that to me) and I don’t know how she’s managing to survive. She’s a strange beast, that Sera.
I picked up my prints today. I’m about 50% pleased with them. I’ll have to take a couple of them back and ask what went wrong, and see if they can fix it. I’ll also bring in the original 4×6 and maybe a CD with the scans I made of them, see if they can do anything with it. Especially the 11×14 that didn’t turn out – I really wanted a nice copy of that one. If they get it right, maybe two copies… I’d love that one for my own wall. And then some 8x10s to sell and/or give away.
I think I may switch to getting digital prints made. This whole getting prints from negatives thing is just a pain in the ass… I can’t explain exactly what they need to do, and when I get it back all I can do is say what’s wrong and make them do it again. It seems a waste of my and their time. And really, if I could make a good scan, colour correct and burn and dodge and get the contrast right all beforehand in Photoshop, then why should I be wasting all that time? I’ll try that next and see how it goes. If it’s better, I’ll stick with that from now on.
The ones that turned out fine are the stars reflected in the lake photo (which I was worried about,) the Cobalt ruins photo, the canoes at sunset, and the Temiskaming cliff (Devil’s Rock.) The ones that didn’t turn out are the Pete’s dam stream, Pete’s dam waterfall, Temagami Sunrise, and Kap-Kig-Iwan waterfall. I’m going to bring in prints for the Pete’s Dam ones (4×6’s) and probably bring a CD with the digitall repaired Temagami Sunrise picture (the negative is dirty, as well as the colour they didn’t do well in the print.) The Kap-Kig picture I’m going to change over to black & white and see how it looks. I think it might work better as black & white than it does as colour.
They call this process learning, right?