I'm very psyched about Precipitation, which is the actual title of the umbrella lady pic. The Fed-Ex man came up the walk yesterday afternoon bearing the proof prints from Gordon's printer in Philadelphia, and they look fantastic on the viewing board. (I've spent lots of time looking at 'em.) Gordon worked with the printer and settled on an 8x10 and an 11x14 size. The sizes are nominal; image area is slightly smaller. And, he's decided to offer just the one print this time.
There are of course many options when optimizing a print, but I think I like Gordon's and his printer's decisions; the print captures the light well. It's a striking picture. I like it an order of magnitude better in print form than I do as a JPEG, as you're seeing it here, mainly because of the better rendering of textures and surfaces. Although it still retains its lovely painterly quality. And I love the paper, Crane Museo, which I hadn't seen before—it's semi-gloss, but without much texture, and seems to get out of the way of the picture nicely while retaining a sense of richness and depth.
Would you help us spread the word about the offer? Post a link on other forums or groups you participate in, or on your own blog? And, thanks, if you do.
Here's the official stuff: it's officially the TOP Pentax K-7 Sample Print (although not subsidized by Pentax in any way). The offer is open for five days only, until Wednesday at noon, Philadelphia (Eastern U.S.) time. Payment has to be by PayPal unless you contact Gordon directly and arrange to send him a check (send me an email and I'll pass it along to him). After the offer closes the prints will be made in one run to fill the orders. (On an Epson Stylus Pro 9800 with UltraChrome K3 inks, by the way.)
Because Gordon's working with a professional lab, the prints are a little more expensive than if he were making them himself. Consider, though, that a "normal" gallery price for a photograph would be in the $500–$1,200 range, with $650 or so being a typical average; $250 was considered normal for a student print when I was in school in the '80s. Collecting orders in advance of production instead of filling orders one at a time allows us to offer the 8x10 size for $75 and the 11x14 size for $150. That's what you call a good deal. Even I would spend that much for this, and you know how I am.
Gordon will sign and date each print on the verso.
Shipping/packing/handling is $5 for U.S. orders and a total of $15 for international orders.
Please be sure the address you want your print sent to is on your payment page! Whether it's your official PayPal address or you write it in as a note by clicking on the link that says "Add special instructions to the seller." Don't count on emailing us separately with a shipping address...it's a real headache to track stuff like that.
Also, Gordon thinks I should mention that it would make a nice gift! It would, at that.
My sincere thanks to Gordon for working with us on this. Hope you like his print as much as I do.
UPDATE, Wednesday, October 7th: The sale has now ended. I'm happy to report that it was a smashing success. The only reason we had the sale in the first place was that the picture evoked so much spontaneous praise from readers after it appeared in the original review—which of course is no guarantee that people will actually like it enough to buy it! In this case, however, a lot of people did. I'll leave it to Gordon to write a wrap-up post about the whole experience, if he chooses to, once all the orders are filled. Thanks to everyone who participated.
And by the way, I'm having the test print framed. I've been looking at it for the better part of a week now, and I still like it. —Mike