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Monday, 09 June 2014


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I've been trying to figure out how to rationalize the investment in a print like this for a while (it looks lovely from the jpegs and I'm sure in person it is spectacular), but I live in the tropics and any print I've had on the wall eventually succumbs to the humidity. :-(

[Hmm, I wonder what the L of C Preservation Department would say about that. I'm framing a print for the porch of a lake house that sometimes gets dense fog and windblown rain, and we're going to encapsulate it between two pieces of Plexi with waterproof tape around the edges. We're just having trouble finding a molding that will cover the tape entirely. --Mike]

I don't know if you can use this. I found it on Amazon, reviews of the S2:

"I think this camera is pretty great. I bought my children two each and they love using them in the summer. I have tons of pictures of my kids running through the sprinklers and playing with my dog. I am kind of upset they aren't water proof though. But every camera has its faults, right? Still, great quality and I feel like I can see every pore on my childs body (albeit kinda creepy). Great camera for the money! I'm looking to buy my 3rd one once I sell my trailer home."

The reviewer is Hermione Granger. Methinks 'tis a gag review.

[You think? --Mike]

It looks really lovely. I hope someone in my area will order one and invite me to see it. I promise to bring the wine and canapés so it feels like a proper gallery experience. I'm in Rhode Island if someone wants to take me up in the offer.

Good luck with the sale.

I'm so excited by your Photoprint of the Month Club idea as a way to add to my small, but growing collection of printed photographs.

But - a question about photos which are shipped rolled: how do you flatten them so that they can be framed? I have not done well with flattening so far - in the frame the photo tends to want to roll back up and stick to the glass.

(I should really get him to do a post or two about how to market and sell photographs—I'm sure more than a few people would be interested in that.)

Yes, please. I'm especially interested in how one gets those corporate spots.

For Bener, I've had an acrylic sandwich from whitewall.com, which I picked up to see if they were a good option for my medium-size panoramas, in my high-humidity test spot for a little over a year with no negative results. There are quite a few photographers selling these and similar sealed things.

I'm really curious what his camera of choice was before the Leica S. Also to what degree was the quality of the 'S' that much better than his previous camera.

I don't usually ask this type of question and I will NEVER be in the market for either his old camera or the Leica but, hey, I gotta know.


Great work and impressive results . Best of luck with the print sale .

Roger Dunham

I'm worried about this print. If the quality really appeals to me I'll a new excuse for why my current setup doesn't cut it.

All the best with the sale.

For preserving a print in the tropics how about having a double glazing supplier put it into a sealed unit? For the DIY option with plexiglass I'd experiment with a ring of silicone sealent gluing the rim of the two sheets with waterproof tape for luck?

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm afraid I'm probably looking at a DIY approach. I have yet to find a local framer that provides acrylic products. Shipping from the states would be prohibitively expensive. I will look around and see what materials I can get down here and experiment on my own prints. I wouldn't want my first attempt to ruin a Jack MacDonough masterpiece!

I've also been considering not framing prints at all. Allowing air circulation around the print may help. I've got my books on shelving units that don't have backs and I try not to pack them too tightly because books have the same problem.

drat, just when I made a comment earlier this week that none of the prints were enough to my taste to make me buy them at any price, this one comes along that I absolutely love, and the price, while outstanding in relative terms, is still high in absolute terms (let's face it, most of us mortals don't just have $400 laying around to spend on a whim). drat, drat, drat...but it's a great problem to have. awesome image!!!

"... how to market and sell photographs... how one gets those corporate spots."

First, become a CEO of a major American corporation ;-)

Jack, lovely photo. I'll bet that it looks gorgeous in a large size. How large have you printed an image for a client? And how expensive does that get? I also noticed that you are a triptych master. Triptych's are an interesting way to market images for someone who is looking for a coordinated look between images in an architectural space. How large are you able to print your triptychs taken with the S2?

If he throws in a few kegs, I may press the trigger.

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