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Last Minute Present Ideas…



Half Dome and clouds, originally uploaded by Images by John ‘K’.

Just in time for Christmas, this picture and a number of other new 8 by 10 prints by me are now available to buy from Studio Seven Arts, at 400 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566. Featured subjects of these new pictures include Yosemite National Park and the bridges of San Francisco as seen at night.

If you’re in the area, go check them out! 🙂

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Going big…

I’ve had sporadic success selling a set of 8 by 10 prints at a local gallery, but recently the owner asked me for a number of larger prints to put on display. Now it’s one thing selecting a bunch of favorite shots to print as 8 by 10 prints, but it’s a whole other ballgame when you start working at 20 by 30! Many of my favorites were from my earlier days of shooting DSLR, and while they looked fine as 8 by 10 prints, the looked ghastly from a quality perspective at 20 by 30. While my early composition was just fine, the technical aspect of my photography wasn’t where it needed to be to support a 20 by 30 print!

The other aspect of this is cost – getting 8 by 10 prints done, even on good quality paper, is relatively cheap, and even with mats and sleeves the finished article is relatively inexpensive. When you start printing at 20 by 30 on good quality poster-board the cost goes up significantly, and so you really need to make sure your choices are going to work well.

With all of this in mind, I chose 3 pictures that I liked and that fitted the guidelines I was given by the studio for the subject matter they were looking for, and got them printed. As with anything you do for the first time, there is always an opportunity to learn and do better, and sure enough, one of the three images looked lousy once printed that large, even though I thought I’d done all the right things to make sure it’d come out looking OK.

Another of the three looked OK, but could have been better and needed a little tweaking to make it really stand out as something special. Thankfully I was more than happy with the third.

So I picked another image to replace the one that was a failure, tweaked and re-printed the second, and now the three 20 by 30 prints are going into the gallery tomorrow to ‘test the waters’.

These are the images I ended up going with…

1) Through the Gate



Through the Gate, originally uploaded by Images by John ‘K’.

2) The Cliff of Many Colors



The Cliff of Many Colors, originally uploaded by Images by John ‘K’.

3) The Lonesome Tree



The lonesome tree, originally uploaded by Images by John ‘K’.

The joy of collaboration

This past week has reminded me what a joy it is to collaborate with creative endeavors. It started with a simple favor for a friend, where I helped restore the original colors on a photo taken of some awesome fabric-work, and I then worked with the fabric artist to insert one of my full moon photos into the piece.

Silver Moon, redux

… and then over the weekend I was asked by a local art gallery to photograph a visiting artist as he worked on an exhibition piece. At one point he seemed to be wondering how to proceed with the piece, and so I offered a suggestion. We discussed the relative aesthetics of my suggestion for a while, and then he started to paint it in, seeing how it would look, knowing that if he didn’t like it he could alter the work to something different.

The more he painted and the more the image took shape, the more he and I liked what was emerging on the canvas. It was amazing to watch this artist take the idea and turn it into something visual in a way you just can’t do with light and pixels. Knowing that he’d taken my ideas and used them in the final piece makes a connection to the work that is very personal for me.

The Artist Hines can be found at http://www.theartisthines.com, and the studio (Studio Seven Arts) where I occasionally shoot events for them (and where some of my images are also on sale) can be found at http://www.studiosevenarts.com. Both are also on Facebook.