Learning about printing and framing of large prints

Shutterfly print of Concord CenterShutterfly print of Tunkhannock Viaduct This fall I've starting making a more serious effort to learn and practice photography as an art. I've purchased a Canon EOS 20D digital SLR with a variety of lenses, I've taken a class on using Digital SLRs at the Decordova Museum, I've taken a local printing workshop, and I recently purchased a 21 hour Total Training Photoshop CS2 DVD from Adobe.

While I think my technical mastery of the digital SLR is good to very good, and my composition is very good, I still lack printing skills and equipment. One day I'd like to have a home studio with large format printer from Epson or HP where I can print 13x19 inch prints on high quality art paper or canvas like that from Moab. From there I'd like to try to sell my work for a small profit to recoup costs and then a little more for my effort. I'm thinking over methods of selling that include dutch auctions on eBay, negotiating with local restaurants to hang and sell framed images, participating in arts and crafts festivals, as well as obtaining a permit from my town to sell them on the street in the town center. I'm not sure what's possible yet, but check back here next year and hopefully I'll have it figured out.

Until I can develop my own photo studio at home, I had a couple of my favorite recent images printed in 20x30 inch format by Shutterfly. The original images were high quality and suitable for printing in 11x17 inch, so rather than having Shutterfly englarge them, I used a technique in Photoshop to upsample them by first adjusting the resolution from 72 ppi to 300 ppi, then incrementally increasing the print size until I reached 20x30. The result is an image file about 5 times larger but with a resolution and size suitable for this large format printing without noticible degredation in quality.

I was moderately satisfied with the prints as they came back from Shutterfly. While the site says they will be printed on a flat, low-reflection matte paper, in reality it looks more like semi-gloss because it much more shiny than I hoped for. The image quality was quite good, and I'm having these two photos professionally matted and framed by Corner's Framing. The staff at Corner's Framing was very patient and helped me understand the whole process and the cost breakdown so that I could make choices to lower the cost. Framing is quite expensive, and I learned that the frame itself is by far the largest factor in the price. Our initial selection for a frame cost $444 just for the wooden moulding, but they helped me find a a nice looking, suitable frame for about $175 instead. It will be 2 weeks before they are ready.

Should I start selling my prints, I think I'll try to have them professionally matted for about $40 including dry mounting and backing, but I'll either sell them matted only or in inexpensive metal frames. You can view a smaller version of the Concord Center print and the Nicholson Bridge print.

Resources:
Framing Large Prints
From your hard drive to your wall

Got Work? Solve ColdFusion Problems for Fun and Money

For those seeking employment in the Eastern Massachusetts area, there is a job opening for an Escalation Coldfusion Product Support Engineer, described as:

We are looking for a member of the ColdFusion Technical Support team to function as a Tier 3 (escalation) engineer. This is a senior-level technical position and the support delivered in this role is in English only. The product set being supported is associated with internet web applications. Client Server offerings include ColdFusion and JRun. ColdFusion is a HTML Tag based, proprietary server that works with databases and delivers dynamic contact to browser based users. JRun is a J2EE application server that runs applications based on industry standard JSP pages and/or Servlets. Other related technical skills include: Web Services, Java Literacy, dbms and SQL knowledge, LDAP, and general web application development and deployment.


The job posting is on Dice.com through a third party recruiter, although I'm not sure why its not listed on the Macromedia.com website. I was once in this escalation role for a year before I moved to "Gold" Support, and its definitely challenging. Are you up to it?

Please defer salary inquiries for the recruiter.

Preview of our wedding photos on BodasDVD.com


Our wedding photographer, BodasDVD of Barcelona, has published the newest version of their website and they have used some of our wedding photos from Spain.

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Wedding Reception Photos

Photos of Steven and Mercedes wedding reception at Gran Hotel de Benasque (Hotel Valero), Spain. These photos taken with the Kodak disposable cameras for each table so they are not very clear. September 3, 2005


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If you'd like to see the formal wedding photographs, here they are on Flickr, taken by BodasDVD in Barcelona.

Back in the saddle again

This week I've returned to the office from Macromedia's generous sabbatical program. For the last 45 days I've occupied myself with a wide range of activities, and surprisingly almost none of which had anything to do with ColdFusion. Now that's a vacation!

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Geocities Guestbook - Recovered

Before this blog on TalkingTree.com, and before TalkingTree.com at all, I began a homepage with Geocities back in 1994, my first experience with homepage wizards or any kind of content management. Soon after getting hooked on HTML, I began building a laberynth of photo galleries and personal information, and after a couple of years I had managed to hack together some form of a Guestbook form on my own. Well, I know that Guestbooks are so 90's, but nevertheless I've rescued my Geocities Guestbook off Archive.org and am republishing it here...

Name: Jeremy Reines
Date: April 22, 2001

Hi Stephen: Loved your web. Great photos, I am sure you are going to love my site as well. I have just launched the MOST AMAZING virtual tour of Madrid at www.multimadrid.com and I would love for you to place my mini Java refresh live Plaza Mayor image on your website, if you place it on your links page I will include your URL in on my Madrid Webs dropdown menu, you can see more about htis program I have created at http://www.multimadrid.com/mm_info/madrid_webs.htm

Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from you soon,

Jeremy Reines...
www.multimadrid.com




Name: ylse sanchez
Date: April 19, 2001

Hi Steve,

Hace mucho que no se nada de ti, aunque no nos conocimos personalmente, se que eres un buen chico y espero estemos en contacto. Como sabes, estoy en Alemania con mi esposo y ahora espero un bb, estoy feliz. Recibe muchos carinos y escribeme pronto.

Tu amiga, Ylse


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[steven@macromedia /work]$ shutdown -h +360 'Going on sabbatical. Please log off'

Like many others at Macromedia, its my turn for a long sabbatical, although I've been eligible for over a year. For the next six weeks, until September 12th, I'll be out of the office. I suspect that this is the first and the last time I'll be able to take such an extended leave.

I plan to spend the first 3 weeks at home, biking, swimming, reading, and blogging. Some of my objectives include reading parts of several technical books including one on Eclipse which has a chapter on building plugins, one on building Dashboard Widgets on Mac OSX, and one on Photoshop CS. I may take some time to read up SELinux, too.

During this last month I've been reading Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat, which I highly recommend, so I hope to finish that up. I think that Friedman's book is complemented by Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, and by Spencer Well's The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey, but best if read (or viewed) starting with Wells and finishing with Friedman. If I find a day to spare, I think I'll finally sit myself down to watch the whole 8 hour series Cosmos, by Carl Sagan.

During the second half of my sabbatical, I'll be in Barcelona, Spain and then in the high Pyrenees. My wife and I were married in a civil ceremony two years ago and now we will be having a formal ceremony in a 12th century church in a small mountain village near the border with France, close to Pico Aneto, the highest mountain in Spain. I used Ray's BlogCFC to create a dual English/Spanish informational website to assist the guests.

If you're not familiar with the region, check this out. Its a small Javascript app that zooms in on Barcelona and the Pyrennes, which I made for those who will be travelling from the US. It's a little slow in MSIE, but great in Firefox. This was before Google Earth came out, so I was trying to provide a way for non-technical people to get their bearings.

shutdown -h +360 "Going on sabbatical. Please log off"
Broadcast message from root (pts/1)
(Fri Jul 29 11:56:35 2005):
Going on sabbatical. Please log off
The system is going DOWN for system halt in 6 hours!

Breeze Presentation Archive of CF Birthday Party

From: Christine Lawson
Subject: CF Birthday Party Recording!


Hi Everyone, For those of you who could not attend the various User Group events last night here is the recording from the ColdFusion 10th Birthday Party hosted here in Newton, Ma:
http://macromedia.breezecentral.com/p64775146/. Amongst the speakers were JJ and Jeremy Allaire, Tim Buntel, Ben Forta, Charles Teague, Sim Simeonov, Adam Berry, Damon Cooper and Edwin Smith. Please be sure to post this on your blogs and share it amongst your fellow community members on the various lists.


Thanks!
Christine Lawson
Team Macromedia Program Manager


For my personal VIDEO of the event, see this blog entry.

Podcast of ColdFusion 10th Birthday Event

Here's the audio track from yesterday's panel discussion from the ColdFusion founders at Allaire Corporation.

ColdFusion_10th_Birthday_Panel_Discussion.mp3 [39 MB]


The chronological annotation for the podcast and the full video can be found here.

Video Archive of ColdFusion Birthday Party with Founders Panel Discussion

Watch the video of Macromedia's ColdFusion birthday party event held in the Newton, MA office yesterday, July 13 2005. The founders of ColdFusion, which was almost known as Prometheus or Horizon, recant the early days of Allaire Corporation.

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