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Wednesday, 04 December 2019


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Fantastic! Thank you for sharing this.

I had the pleasure of interacting with Michael during one of his photo safaris,to Bosque del Apache, NM in 2003 where we photographed tens of thousand of birds in their yearly dance. It was the beginning of my transition from hack to photographer (your call) using the Canon D30 (not 30D). I subscribed to his video DVDs and at least parts of this were the focus of one of them. Thomas Knoll, a participant, spent almost all of his down time writing code as far as I could tell.

If you aren't precious about prints there's this video.


So cool. Thanks for posting. I still have some of the DVDs of the LL Video Journal around the house somewhere and actually watch them now and again. LL was a fantastic site in the day.

Echoing what others have said, I had no idea. What a pleasure to watch.
If you go over to youtube and search the terms "handmade BBC" or "mastercrafts BBC" you'll be presented with a series of programs about precisely this kind of craftsmandship, albeit in different realms, piano making, porcelain, masonry, etc.

Very interesting observation* that Ctein “doesn't fill his silences with junk. Very unusual manner of speaking these days. No wonder he dictates instead of typing.”
Of course we know from his comments signature here that he has been using Dragon dictate for a long time so have you considered the software may have trained him rather than the other way round ;-) ?

He is a very clear speaker, as was Michael Reichmann. I’ve been having difficulty with my hearing lately and I noticed I listened to both videos on my iPad without resort to hearing aids.

*Not as interesting as the content of course.

As an adjunct to Ctein’s process video, and in response to “Mike”s featured comment, TOP readers might also enjoy watching the George Eastman Museum’s brief (4+ min.) overview video of the dye sub and Technicolor printing process as it related to motion picture film production. It’s older than you may think.

Thanks Mike for posting these and Josh for making them available. I'm glad Josh is working hard to keep Luminous Landscape going. His dad was irreplaceable but I think he would like to see the work continue.

I remember reading somewhere that Eliot Porter used dye transfer to make his black-and-white prints as well as his much more well-known color prints. I've been trying to verify this by looking at museum collection data but haven't been able to find a Porter b/w in a major collection. Perhaps someone else knows...

Back in the late 80's I worked at 2 photo labs in Boston area that did Dye Transfer printing for clients like National Geographic. Although I worked in the other print departments (C-printing and Ciba printing) I was always fascinated, watching the Dye Transfer prints being rolled out and the usual automated rocking table with the trays of dye. Thanks so much for posting these incredible videos!

@ Greg Heins: We have about 90 Porter prints in the permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. The overwhelming majority are (color) dye transfers, although some can appear nearly monochrome due to the scene. The few of his actual b&w prints we have are conventional gelatin silver.

Generally speaking, the very concept of a b&w dye transfer print makes no sense, eh?

That was magnificent - thanks for the priceless education!

"The World Is A Carousel Of Color..."

Thanks for posting the videos. BTW, although Lula is behind a paywall, it's an exceptionally low wall. The monthly cost is less than a single cup of what gas stations sell under the pretense that it's coffee.

The video of Ctein showing the dye transfer print process is nothing short of amazing. This work is on another level of genius.

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