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Thursday, 21 January 2010


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I just can't wait!
I'm so looking forward to receiving the print I've ordered.

Many thanks to Ctein and Mike for organising this sale of prints.

Hey, I just learned Ctein's first name when I placed an order through PayPal. It's "none". (He should have chosen the last name of "Better".)

Tough choice. The image I like best is maybe not the best to see what dye-transfer is all about (only 2 main colours).

Still chose it though. :-)

OK, I kicked myself for not taking advantage of the first dye transfer offer. Not this time; order placed.

I've been admiring the "Fresh Pahoehoe" image ever since I first saw it on Ctein's web site years ago, but haven't felt like parting with $1K for the full-sized print. I was thrilled when I saw this was one of the image choices in the current offer. But now I know what will happen. I'll get the 8x10 image and will want the full-sized one even more ...

I definitely know what you mean. I've been coveting the full-sized version of "Moon, Mars, and Circumlunar Arcs" ever since I first saw it in about '97.


They're beautiful, Ctein.

I have a feeling that when I receive my print from this sale, I'm going to kick myself even harder for skipping the first one. Thanks for the second chance.

Dear Ken,

Thanks for giving me my morning chuckle!

Dealing with computer systems that require a first and last name is an ongoing issue in my life, big surprise. I had signed up with PayPal before I figured out the convention that works for 99% of the registration sites out there: "Mr Ctein" . Notice the lack of a period on the Mr. Most computer software doesn't pick up on it as an honorific without the period, but human beings read it as "Mister Ctein." I even have credit cards that say "Mr Ctein" for those very few services, like Western Union, that demand a perfect match between your credit card identification and your billing/purchase information.

Occasionally amusement ensues. Untied Airlines insists upon attaching an honorific to the passenger's name, so my tickets read "MrMr Ctein". Perhaps I should start releasing hit singles.

Two interesting exceptions: to the US Treasury, I am "unknown Ctein"! Shades of the Mike Johnston quote at the bottom of my website homepage! The reason for this is that their computer software is set up to treat the word "unknown" as a flag that says "ignore this field." Hence, any government ID, tax forms, etc. just have "Ctein" on them. When I had my Social Security information updated to the singular name, the clerk told me that they called this the "Madonna" situation in her training classes. And we're back to pop music again.

(I have no idea how Social Security would deal with it if someone's first name really were "Unknown")

The other exception is FaceBook. Their software is smart enough to catch most of the usual tricks for avoiding a first name field entry, because they are very insistent upon having complete names. So I e-mailed tech support and explained my situation and asked if they had a flag they could set in the first name field that would work like "unknown" works for the government. They said, "Sure, no problem!" So, on FaceBook, I also only have one name.

~ pax \ Ctein
[ Please excuse any word-salad. MacSpeech in training! ]
-- Ctein's Online Gallery http://ctein.com 
-- Digital Restorations http://photo-repair.com 

Dear BJ,

I'm glad you picked the one you like, because I think you will also be happy to know that it is a pretty good example of what dye transfer is all about. The greens and yellows in that photograph are outside the gamut of any conventional darkroom process. They simply can't be reproduced with that purity or fidelity. The intense blue green shadows are both more saturated and denser than anything that can be achieved in inkjet print. So a prime hallmark of dye transfer, the ability to reproduce densities and colors beyond what other print processes can, is conveyed in the photograph you chose.

That doesn't mean I couldn't produce an entirely acceptable (meant in the artistic sense) interpretation of that photograph for other media, but I would have to interpret it very differently.

~ pax \ Ctein
[ Please excuse any word-salad. MacSpeech in training! ]
-- Ctein's Online Gallery http://ctein.com 
-- Digital Restorations http://photo-repair.com 

I ordered mine this morning. I missed out on that years offer, I wasn't going to let that happen again!

Thanks Ctein

Hi [N]C and MJ,

As one who got in on the first dye transfer print offer and actually owns one of these, I cannot say enough about these prints. Forget that new [fill in blank], just go for it. You won't regret it. Thanks for the second go-around.


I'm very happy to have participated in round 1 and now in round 2. The prints are exquisite and in my opinion a bargain without compare.
I'm proud to be Ctein Collector! I have no more wall space but can't help myself.

TOPPERS if you can, get at least one of these.


Kinda makes me think of Little Bobby Tables.

I have the previous two prints. If I had the cash I'd buy all three of these. Lovely images. Lovely prints.

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