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Sunday, 07 January 2024


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Like the old joke:
What do you get for the person who has everything?
Boxes to keep it in.
What do you get for someone with too many boxes?
A warehouse.
Someone I know used to own an airplane because airplane hangers at the local airport were the cheapest rental spaces in the area but you had to keep an airplane in your hanger. Apparently there is a market for junk airplanes that fulfill the minimum requirement for renting hangers.
Space for six cars and a trashed Piper for $100 a month.

That archival case is a good choice for using the $200. That encourages one to make real prints from our best and memorable shots instead of just showing them on screen.

Eventually those stored in mobile phones and laptops and external hard drives will all disappear after we die. Just ask the question, "Do you give your passwords to your children?"

But hard copies will somehow survive. I don't think my prints are archival quality but having a faded print is better than having nothing to show the next generation.

I've been a fan of Pentax for years, currently shooting with a pair of K-3 (classic) and a new K-3 III. While I shoot raw+jpeg (B&W) and invariably convert to B&W, I'll be looking forward to your thoughts on the monochrome body.

Happy New Year!

Please review the box when it arrives - I’ve been just using leftover paper boxes but not very secure or archival….

I’m also very interested in how your print sales go - at my last exhibition, 90% of my sales were A3 sized (11 x 14 and. 17 x 22 paper is hard to get in Melbourne Oz - but not 13 x 19, for some reason, so I’ve taken to printing in ratio size to “A” series paper) and I didn’t even have any that size at the gallery until I realised and rushed a bunch of prints….

I’m not keen on the inkjet signature, which seems rather naff to me. Just put your initials and the year in pencil (or one of those special pens for writing on photo paper) in the bottom right of the margin. You definitely won’t stuff that up! Or get an embossing stamp.

Hope you get your pacemaker soon!

Great idea on so many levels and super use of voucher.

I don't like the idea of an inkjet signature.

Isn't the Sigma fp L model needed to do jumbo prints? (fp L: 9520 / 300 = 31.8" vs. fp: 6000 / 300 = 20")

[No to the question. The monochrome conversion increases the effective resolution of the sensor; my seat-o'-the-pants estimate is that it makes the 24-MP sensor look like a 36-MP one. And calculated resolutions aren't really indicative of the visual effects in prints. People have a much harder time seeing differences in resolution than you might think. It's Bob's call as to how much enlargement a given file can stand, and I follow his suggestions. He's the expert. --Mike]

$270.40 for a box??

I found what looks to be the same box for $85.95 at this website: https://www.thevenussshop.com/product/archival-methods-solander-museum-case-17-5-x-22-5-x-2-5-black-with-white-lining/

And it's in stock.

I have my doubts that, according to the video, "artisans" construct the boxes. You would have to construct the boxes with care, but I doubt you'd have to be an artist to do so.

Well, at least it was "free money".

Call me a "Debbie Downer" if you wish. Do you really need "thick, fine-quality low-resin basswood" to make a sturdy, long-lasting box?

Well, what's done is done. I hope the box offers a century of service.

If you do a reader's print sale and start with the Baker's Dozens, I'd be open to selling my infrared black and white photo that made it into one of the dozens.

Yeah, I've worried about spoiling prints when signing. I've seen so many autographs in books (at autographings, when friends get 1000 (or 5000) copies to sign for a signed edition) that are illegible or somewhat variant that I told myself I didn't really care. And I didn't actually muff any to the point I considered them spoiled.

Good idea (probably). I love Hugh’s comment…never heard it before!

These cases have become -crazy- expensive! Just a decade ago I think they were nearly half that price. Now picture large cold vaults filled with steel shelf towers, filled with these cases. Hundreds of them. That’s what most major art museums’ storage vaults for photography look like! These cases are quite heavy and extremely durable.

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