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Friday, 11 July 2014


Mike, the Lincoln Memorial print looks wonderful in that frame. A suggestion: Perhaps you should get future prints framed and show an image of the framed work on the site when the sale goes live. I liked this image, but it only seemed to exist as a JPEG until I saw this post, which really brought the image to life as a real physical object that I could put on my wall. Maybe doing this from the get-go would inspire more people to take the plunge on future print offers.

Dear Mike,

You know, that snap of the Xander holding the framed picture does a better job of conveying the **feel** of the print, in person, than the “formal” JPEG. It looks realer to me, somehow.

As for Xander holding the picture at an angle… You could have fixed that in Photoshop, y'know. Perspective adjustments and all that [GD & R]…

Helpfully yours,

pax \ Ctein
[ Please excuse any word-salad. MacSpeech in training! ]
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I hope that photo of the Beatles is on the list for a print sale. I would buy that one even if I have absolutely no room in my RV.

[I did approach Mike about it, through an intermediary, but he thought it was "too soon" after the Christie's sale. I should ask again though.... --Mike]

Am the only who dislike a glass plate over the photo print. I know that you can get them in different qualities, but there will always?, some reflection that really annoys me

Hi Mike,

Just a quick note on Mirror Lake print:


your young man is far too somber for mid summer!

My tube with Jack's print has arrived in Melboune. But I'm resisting opening it until I can bring it to my framer - hopefully next week. With difficulty.

[Good idea to hold off. You would hate to risk damaging it after having it travel all that way. Let us know next week. --Mike]

As a kiwi longtime reader/lurker who is currently on a road trip from New York City to San Francisco, who convinced his family to make a detour to Rochester, NY, just so I could see the Lewis Hine exhibition at George Eastman House, I would welcome the chance for another detour to visit the sprawling TOP headquarters and pop a little something in your tip jar (you will have a tip jar, right? Tipping is rather odd for us Antipodeans, but you definitely deserve it).

[Thanks Jed, and great to hear about your photo-related detours. Isn't George Eastman's "breakfast nook" (with the stuffed elephant head) great? It's a wonderful stop.

Sadly I doubt I will be anywhere near receiving visitors by the time you pass this way--We'll be moving in late August and it will doubtless be carnage at the new place for some while before we settle in. But maybe next trip.... --Mike]

Alexander/Xander is far too severe in the photograph of the print.

The print looks beautiful in that frame, Mike. I'd always thought a black and white print must have a black frame but that's made me think again.

BTW, in a comment to an earlier post on the same topic I mentioned a great photograph of the Lincoln Memorial taken by Joe Lootens in the late 1930s, early 1940s. For those interested, you can see it here:


Regarding Ctine's comment on darkroom printing of thin negs, and his example of the Robert Kennedy photo.

To some of us oldtimers that is the way a photograph of a moment in history is supposed to look. When they are altered by digital magic to be "better" then, somehow, it is very disturbing.

[I contributed that, and I am not suggesting that that photo should be altered or changed. It is just an example of the problems of radical underexposure using traditional wet-darkroom methods, of the sort that Ctein was describing. --Mike]

I have a feeling that a print sale of the Beatles photo could surpass your previous print sales.

may I ask what scanner everyone is getting good results with...also the sofeware used?

Xander's face grabbed my attention before the print in this post's photo. It reminded me of my son when he was that age -- so serious, yet so carefree. Probably the way I looked recently when I photographed old trains sitting on the tracks.

Guess what I really wanted to say was that dim light shots are supposed to look that way, grainy and high contrast. For those of us who grew up on film anyway. Of course with current technology that 'look' is no longer necessary.

Now where did I put that #5 contrast filter?

I've made my share of desperately rescued under-exposed shots, but that just makes me hate them more. Well, sometimes the photos are still good, if the shot itself is good enough; but in my photos it always means either that the situation was beyond my equipment, or else that I messed up taking the picture, so I've never acquired any liking for the look.

I have to tell you: the presence of Xander vastly improves the overall effect conveyed by the print itself. No kidding. A great shot. Truly.

Thanks for the mention of Hyderabad :D It's great to know that we will have something to do in Wisconsin if and when we visit in the future :)

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