Odds and Ends and a Busy Two Days...

by Russell Smith August. 06, 2020 179 views

Blueberry Jam, Blueberry Maple Syrup, Tomato Water that was lacto fermented, dinner and too much time spent on the phone chasing down an issue with my Dr. Today well finishing the running around you know tags, id/licence, Dr to get some paperwork, Stop by the Kitchen Supply Store (commercial type) oh and a sports shop to get a hat and well a Yatzee item. I will get to that later.

Print. Print your photos. Did I say Print your Photos. I started off photography using Film so print was the completed photograph. Then when I picked a camera back up it was digital and well images lived/live on my Hard Drive. I decided a couple of years ago to start printing several images a year that I liked. Once I started printing I started looking at the processing differently and also things like Noise (grain) sharpness what not.

I finally have a wall that I can put my prints on they are 8x10 inches in size or a 4:5 crop ratio. I find for me this is a good spot for cost and size. I know I have one more spot that I want to do another series like this but one thing I learned with this grouping is well for me if I am going to do a grouping of images like this think about portrait or landscape ahead of time in addition to the content of the image. I know this wall is dark when I took this image but a floor lamp has been added that casts some ambient light on the photos. I realized also I need a grouping for my Gator shots and also I am lacking medium to large mammals in my "portfolio". Also I have discovered if I want to live with an image crop it to 16:9 ratio and make it my computers background for a while. That will show any issues real quick.

These four images were printed by Fujifilm as part of one of their "contests" and this is two years worth of images. I love a square crop and print but honestly from these prints it is one that will require both fore thought and shooting for a space to pull off well.

I would challenge you to spend the 3-4 dollars and get an 8x10 image printed that you love. Look at it and if you are like me once in your hands you will notice things you missed on the computer screen and well hang it on the wall making it a photograph from start to finish for the process.

What do I do to prevent boredom? Well I sit down with a camera and lens find a stationary target and see how slow I can get the shutter speed and over time I build a mental data base of if my pain is at this level then I can shoot this low and well some days it is low other days I need a super fast shutter speed in combo with the IS to get a sharp shot or just put it on a tripod.

Bit more of a rewind to SC. A headshot of a small (sub 1 meter or less than 3 feet long. ) Alligator who was warming up in the sun. When they are young like this the color and texture of the skin is amazing to me. The other thing is their eyes. I have a few ok shots featuring their eyes but I have yet to be able to get the shot in my mind and well that shot may just live in my mind as honestly it would be a dangerous shot to get.

This is a Skink I am not sure if it is a 5 line, 7 line or juvinile Broadheaded Skink bit I love the detail on this shot.

Now for the Yatzee find.

Small Tripod Stool that is super light for when I go out in the woods to photograph wildlife. It will allow me to get off the ground and sit a bit more comfortably. The best part is this was only $5 so I will not feel about about dragging it into the mud and weeds. May give it a test whirl this weekend :)

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Buster Bruce 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Great and very enjoyable set Russell

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Pete Fitzgetald 2 months, 2 weeks ago

busy but your talent is endless, awesome!

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Russell Smith Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I appreciate it.

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Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this post. First because of the photos of your prints on the wall, second because I learned a few things about printing and lastly the tripod. I have printed quite a few of my photos throughout the years. Some are framed others are now sitting in a box, and a few were transformed into books. I do agree with you that having photos printed really opens one's eyes. Most recently I had a print made of a photo I took of a bottle of wine and grapes ( posted somewhere here) it looked perfect on screen but once printed and then framed, I realized how dark it truly was, something I had not seen on screen. It's hanging on a wall, because after all now that it is frame one must do something with it. smile

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I got an inexpensive screen calibrator because I got tired of double printing photos (first print then looking and correcting color and or brightness). Now because it was an inexpensive one it does not do the brightness of the monitor. My work around is to use a white background or a webpage with a white background and turn the brightness down until I hold a sheet of paper beside the monitor and the paper is whiter than the white on the screen. This way when I print I know the brightness will be about 99% correct.  If I want to see if white  or lights are blown then I will turn on gamut warnings. It has helped me out loads.  It took me a moment to get through my thick head that the monitor is back lighted and the prints well they are not .

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the suggestions smile

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Antonio Gil 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I also have some prints on my walls, but I intend to print much more now. Thanks for the reminder

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Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months, 2 weeks ago

It is quite nice to look at the wall and see a print that reminds you  of a time or experience :)

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Heike 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Interesting post. #4 and #5 are really fantastic!

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Russell Smith Replied to Heike 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you .#4 I was laying on the boardwalk so I was closer to eye level with this guy.

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Berckmans Peter 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I print or let print on a regular base. You see do much more mistakes on a print than on the pc. Specially sharpness. Working more and more analog these days, so I always have the photos. Nice post Russell

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Russell Smith Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I am enjoying your analog posts. :)

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