Larry G. with my old friend
TOP reader Larry Gebhardt (not Gephardt like the former Majority leader), a software programmer from New Hampshire, came by to visit today. I'd never met him before but I knew who he is—he's the guy who bought my well-used and much-loved '01 Miata roadster two years ago. His father lives in nearby Rochester and his eldest child is a student at the U. of R., so he'd been visiting. He was driving from Rochester back home and stopped here for lunch.
Larry has revitalized his interest in printing recently. He had an Epson 3800 that had been broken for five years, so he bought a new P800. Then he figured out how to fix the 3800, so he got that working again and dedicated it to black-and-white. Then he was having so much fun with the P800 that he shopped online till he found an older large-format 7000-series Epson printer for not much money. He says he never frames and hangs large prints, but he likes to look at them. So within a short space of time he went from having no working printers to having three.
He's making good use of them. He showed me some great prints. Hopefully he'll send me a few JPEGs in a few days so I can share the images with you. The images I liked best are Reichmann-esque.
Meanwhile, how would you like to be able to drive, one more time, your favorite car from the past that you no longer own? We drove to Bully Hill Vineyards, high above Keuka Lake, for lunch, and I got to reacquaint with my formerly-beloved '01 Mazda. What a blast!
Three observations: flower pictures are much better in prints than as online JPEGs (Larry had brought a few flower pictures along because his stepmother loves them); the answer to every automotive question really is "Miata"; and, as I'm frequently reminded, all TOP readers truly are well above average.
If you're ever in the area, please do stop by.
(Thanks to Larry)
UPDATE Monday morning: Here are a couple of Larry's images he showed me:
It's surprising to me just how much better the prints looked than the JPEGs here...it's one of the few times recently when I saw the prints first and the JPEGs later. These pictures look a little nondescript as small JPEGs, but the prints were luscious, luminous, and lovely. —Mike
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Graham Byrnes: "Actually, the photo question is: given he already had a P800, which by all accounts does a very nice B&W, how much did he gain by having a dedicated B&W printer? Or was he just yielding to that particular disease of 'it must be better because it's fiddly and difficult and I invested 1,000 hours getting to work'?