[Note: Yes, I am having an Xmas Sale. Who isn't, these days? Skip to the end of this column for the full details. Some print availability is limited. —Ctein]
What's been happening the last six-seven months? The downstairs remodel is finally finished. Only took three times as long and twice the money that was budgeted. Sigh. No complaints about our contractor, not a one. Tekhome is fabulous. They do real quality work. George Amarendos is wonderful to work with and handles every aspect of the remodel from permits and architectural plans through subcontractors through final inspections. He worked very hard to keep the costs under control and, so far as we are concerned, went above and beyond the call of duty to do so. It's just, sometimes, with remodeling, well, "things happen." Especially when you're talking about a 60-year-old house whose infrastructure was largely untouched since it was built.
I'm not going to take you through step-by-step. There are 600 photographs that do that. Here's a trio of very pertinent "before" photographs from last April.
The first one shows the (ex) darkroom, stripped of equipment and seeing the light of day for the first time since I moved in.
The second, the state of the unfinished garage after much cleaning and straightening up.
And the is third the location of the former unfinished storeroom (filled with empty bookcases, here).
What's it look like now? Here is the main corridor, where the unfinished garage was. Off to the side are doors leading to the new guestroom, library, Paula's den, utility closet, and the laundry room and bathroom. I'm showing you this because of the ceiling lights. They're 800 lumen 3000K 93CRI LED's that George found on his own. They are very, very fine, absolutely perfect for an artist like me.
These lights are available in both 800 and 1100 lm units. I can't find the datasheet for the 1100 lm unit (DMF's website is ridiculously hard for a techie to navigate) but here's a link to the one for the 800 lm lights.
Which gets me to my new 16x13-foot print studio, located where the old storeroom was. It's lit by five of the 1100 lm units. That's more enough to brightly and evenly illuminate the space. In fact, I have them on a dimmer, so I can reduce the light intensity in the room to more closely match real-world viewing conditions when I need to. (A classic darkroom mistake is having so much light over your print viewing area that you print too dark for normal lighting conditions).
You can get an idea of just how even the illumination is by looking at the 12-foot expanse of wall in the next illustration:
Keep in mind that photographs exaggerate broad brightness differences that are invisible to our eyes. Visually, that wall looks uniform from left to right. It'll be perfect for judging my large panoramas!
Not so by the way, my Epson 9800 printer survived being in storage for six months. I wasn't sure. I ruined a 2200 printer once that way—unfixable head clogs. Yeah, I used up about $50 worth of ink clearing the heads on the 9800, but that's nothing compared to the cost of a new printer.
All did not go entirely smoothly. Some of my negatives were damaged. I'm in the process of repairing them. That will be the subject of a forthcoming column.
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So...as I said at the beginning, I'm having a sale, really great prices with shipping (anywhere in the world) and sales tax covered by me. U.S. orders placed by December 15 will be delivered before Christmas.
My most signature "Christmas in California" photograph is only $175, half its normal price.
I'm clearing out extra prints from one of my TOP sales of three years ago at $225, a savings of $125 over the normal print price...plus that no-shipping-cost-or-sales-tax thing. Availability on these is limited so you should order ASAP.
That's it. Over and out, until next time.
Former columnist and master printer Ctein, who has been busy writing his first novel, is still friend-o'-TOP #1. He is heard from in these environs from time to time.
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David Miller: "Re 'Only took three times as long and twice the money that was budgeted. Sigh': This is exactly the final formula for each of the home additions and renovations I've undertaken in the forty years we've lived in our house. In the long run I'm sure you'll find it is worth the time and money."
MikeR: "I'm psyched on those LED lights. I see what you mean about their website—but it did lead me to a local distributor, who I have contacted to find a local electrical installer. Ctein, I like your style, and your thinking."