Friday, October 20, 2006

Friday Update

I'm going to get back into the swing of having small updates come on Friday.

Running first off - next week's goal is 10 miles. Mostly I'm trying to get back into the habit at this point.

Shoot news - I had a very nice shoot today with a first timer. This is one of these gals who basically is doing it for the free pictures so I'm lucky to be the photographer she chose. I think the shoot went well - hopefully I'll get the shots up in a few days but this weekend I have some commitments including a fundraiser for Toys for Tots (nothing photo related!) and Monday is a maternity shoot and those get processed first of course. I have a series of nice model shoots scheduled out into November, but I don't want to share too much about those until they've happened just in case.

Speaking of which, if you haven't seen Abby's shoot yet, do, it was nice!

I ordered around 20 8x10s from a different company than I usually use, including some I'd just ordered of Abby from the usual folks so I can do a direct comparison. It's always good to keep an eye on these things - I've been hearing good things about another lab so why not try them out? If there's some interesting difference I'll post the results. They have some different paper options so if nothing else I might keep them as an option for some kinds of things.

I tried the new extra-expensive paper (Bergger COT-320) for the alt process stuff and it works great. Coats very easily, has a nice bit of texture to it. If I can get a good supply I'll switch to it despite the price - I've heard it's often in short supply and I'm not going to rely on it until I've stocked up... and my usual shop is backordered, hmm.

I have exposures nailed for Cyanotype, Vandyke and Platinum toned Vandyke with the new UV system and the new paper, whew!

Next steps are to try brush coating a couple more times and get that nailed... and then print on some papyrus I just got in. It's lovely - smoother than I expected - should make some great prints but it's expensive so I don't want to try it until I can brush coat with some degree of confidence.

So that's the news. Back to editing today's set...

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