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Wednesday, 01 June 2016

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I know how Carl feels not liking the taste of meat. This led me to pass the meat on my plate to my siblings under the table growing-up. Not only do I dislike the taste, but I dislike the texture and how it feels between my teeth. When I was married, I cooked traditional meals for my husband and son, and I tried to eat chicken every so often to see if my taste-buds changed, but nope, I ate lots of sauce with bits of chicken. So yes, some of us do not like meat because of its taste and texture besides being an animal lover.

My eldest son now in his mid forties could never eat meat or fish,as a child he would keep meat in his mouth unchewed for long periods and then spit it out. Eventually we just had to accept he was never going to be a meat or fish eater,I suspect there are many more like him.

I know several vegatarians who all claim to have become vegetarian after a summer job working at McDonald's

It would be interesting to know what proportion of vegetarians are vegetarian on taste (of food) grounds. I am, and I periodically derive entertainment from letting people rant at me about how I think I'm being so virtuous by being a vegetarian, before pointing out that I also have hunted with hawks (they get to eat the catch, though you can't let them have it all).

As good a reason as any to be a vegetarian. As for me - I'm a "Top Vegetarian". I only eat animals that eat plants...

I have long admired the Platinum/Palladium (Pt/Pd) printing process. In the hands of a skilled printer, like Carl, the images that you can make are most beautiful.

I was most pleased by my purchase of Carl's two prints previously offered by TOP. As I expected, the prints look so much better in person than they look on the web. Last week I purchased a set of Pt portraits that were dated back to the 1890's. They are all beautiful portraits skillfully executed by the photographer and the printer.

Pt/Pd printing is a contact printing process that needs a UV light source. The size of your print is the size of your negative, and in film days there were few Pt/Pd prints larger than 8"x10". All my Pd images have been 4"x5" since thats the largest negative that I could make. In this traditional world you really needed to expose and develop your film negative to match the characteristics of your Pt/Pd hand-coated paper since there were limited manipulations that you could achieve with the coatings and chemistry in the printing process.

Digital printing has been a real-game changer since you can use your computer to make an ideal digital negative from really any image source. What is amazing is that you have two technologies 150 years apart that can achieve outstanding and repeatable results that are not possible with the traditional silver-halide analog negative.

I have not yet tried to make digital negatives and am still using film negatives but I realize that my tools are more limited than if I made digital negatives.

I have found Dick Arentz's book on Platinum and Palladium Printing to be an excellent resource. I had the pleasure of meeting Dick and viewing his prints in Santa Fe and they are outstanding. However, the information on making digital negatives is dated. There is information on how to make digital negatives and some techniques have been published, but everyone seems to have a different technique and this knowledge is tacit rather than explicit.

Time permitting I want to explore the possibilities offered by making these prints using digital negatives. If Carl decides to make a video or publish his digital techniques that would be most welcome, as much as I would like to attend his workshop, my ability to travel these days is limited.

And by the way, I often visit Carl's Working Pictures photography blog, his images are mostly lyrical color images presented in a soft color pallet.

My wife is exactly the same kind of vegetarian! At age 13 she finally stopped trying to like meat, and hasn't eaten any for more than 45 years. In fact, in the beginning, she had never even heard of the term "vegetarian."

I went vegetarian about 3-4 years ago. I never objected to the taste (and smell) of meat before, but now it does nothing (or very little) for me. The "common wisdom" is that at some point most vegetarians will revert when, in a weak, protein-deprived moment, they smell bacon. That smell does nothing for me. A burger from really high quality beef is another story, but even that attraction is but a flicker. Steak does nothing for me. Really fresh oysters and well-prepared mussels are another story. Add good champagne to the oysters and ... but even then the ethics win out.

My exposure (sorry) to platinum / palladium prints historically was disappointing; I found them flat and not very interesting. I don't think it's my tastes changing, I think modern printers are doing better prints, and that's great.

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