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Piezography

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Before I get to Piezography, a little bit about this blog. I don’t really know if the issues I’m having with this blog are related to my hosting provider, problems with WordPress plugins, or simply my own misunderstandings about how they are all supposed to work together. None of the statistics for my website or my blog show any activity at all. Now it could be that almost no one has found this yet, but I’ve had a friend already thank me for listing him on my blogroll, and the only way he would have known that I had done so was by visiting by blog. If any of you WordPress experts out there have a clue what might be wrong please let me know.

I’ve received two sets of sample prints made with the Piezography system and they look pretty fantastic! Good enough that I’m going to pick up a new printer so I can try them out myself. Its kinda hard to say why they are better (maybe they aren’t, just sufficiently different in a pleasing way) than the b/w prints I’m making with the Epson ABW driver on my 3800. I think one thing about them that I can put my finger on is that they do seem to offer greater resolution. The Piezography website has a demonstration of this using 1pt text from Alice in Wonderland. When I first saw it I was pretty skeptical but after holding a few of their prints in hand I guess they must have a point. Its kinda hard to be sure without printing the same image with both systems, but I’m intrigued enough to plunk down some money in order to give it a try. I’ll be getting the Epson 1400 I mentioned a few days ago, but probably won’t get the Piezography inks right away. Currently the Piezography system for the 1400 only works with a continuous inkflow system (CIS). Which means that there are no refillable cartridges for this printer yet (nor are there any for my 3800). There is a possibility that new carts will be coming soon, so I’ll wait a little while in the hopes I can get some. If not then I’ll wind up paying more for the inks and CIS than for the printer itself. I’m pretty excited about getting to work with the Piezography system, I’ve been reading about it for years, hoping to see why this is such a big deal.

Back to my own work. I’ve put my whole selenium QTR curve project aside for now. Tonight I just concentrated on printing a couple of b/w images exploring what I can do with the Epson inks and to see if I can tell where the difference lies between them (Epson) and the Piezography inks. I didn’t really come to any conclusions, and I think that to the untrained eye there probably wouldn’t be very much difference at all. I guess one other thing that really surprised me about the Piezography prints is how subtle their color tones are. Their selenium tone ink is just barely perceptible to me, while the sepia is certainly more noticeable, it’s not at all like what most of us think of what an old sepia toned photograph would look like. I printed the image at the top of this posting several times tonight with several variations in color toning applied, or with different printing profiles. After quizzing my daughter about the differences between them I’m left with an observation no more concrete than this: photographers must be nuts to obsess over the minutiae of toning, metamerism, neutrality, or what ever else may be the topic of the day.

On meeting cool photograpers

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So I’m attending this lecture series at the Julia Dean photo workshops that are hosted by Aline Smithson. On Thursday night I got to meet another extremely cool photographer Melanie Pullen. She’s achieved a good deal of notice in the photography world with her High Fashion Crime Scenes photographs. I had seen her work here and there before, but never really paid much attention to it until last night. Well it was just great to hear her tell the stories of how she came up on the idea for the series and then all the crazy, brazen things that she did in order to get her shoots done.

I’m sure that a lot of you other photographers out there have run into problems with people trying to prevent you from photographing whatever it is you might be interested in (I’ve certainly been hassled a lot). Well Melanie has on so many occasions just managed to talk her way through whatever obstacles were placed in front of her, whether it was policemen, highly agitated subway train conductors or just obstinant people with a chip on their shoulders. She’s done things like convince someone that her tripod, wasn’t really a tripod, but a “unipod” or some such thing that wasn’t explicitly disallowed by whatever set of made up rules this person was trying to enforce. The point of all this is that maybe we shouldn’t be so ready to pack up and go home just because some worry wart has nothing better to do than bother you for doing something that causes no one any harm at all.

Getting to hear from other photographers about what has worked for them (and also what hasn’t) is a worthwhile experience. There were several others in this lecture series that were also great to hear from: