Print USB, All In One Laserjet Supplies and More …

May 4, 2011

Nice Print Usb photos

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Check out these print usb images:

219/365 dans mon sac
print usb

Image by Sara in Montréal
In my bag.

Yeah, I finally relied on this for a daily shot… shame.

I’m still having a hard time with my 365 project. I’ll keep on going, but I hope the shots will improve soon. I find myself boring. Sorry for it all.

Printed Circuit Boards!
print usb

Image by Mat_the_W

April 10, 2011

Nice All In One Printing photos

Filed under: All In One Laserjet — Tags: , , — admin @ 4:35 am

Some cool all in one printing images:

Paph. Dollcevita
all in one printing

Image by dwittkower
First bloom!

Dollcevita = (liemianum x Saint Swithin)

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This is one of my best photos. Once I have enough high quality pics, I think I’ll print a book of them. Let me know if you want to get in on buying one when I have it printed.

All my photos are licensed CC Attribution-Share Alike. If you use any of them, I’d be interested to hear about it! Please drop me a line and let me know.

If you wish to use any of them for a commercial (non-share-alike) purpose, just let me know and we can work out licensing terms, or licenses may be purchaced through my QOOP store, here:

my.qoop.com/store/Dylan-E–Wittkower-9087975914676100/

That’s also the place to go if you’d like to purchase a print.

March 13, 2011

Nice Printer Management photos

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Some cool printer management images:

Desk
printer management

Image by Ross Imlach

Yeah-ubuntu-7
printer management

Image by onion83
he latest version of Ubuntu includes the following new features:

* Hardware management improvements – improved plug-and-play configuration for printers, as well as automatic firmware installation for Broadcom cards
* Improved support for display systems – For laptop users, full support external VGA (projector) support is available out-of-the-box with easy reconfiguration when hardware is switched. For power users this release includes the ability to manage multiple monitors
* Windows compatibility – Users with a dual partition can read from and and write to files that are on located in a Windows partition (including NTFS)
* Enhanced user interface – Simple 3D screen effects and graphics enhance the user experience
* Desktop search – gives users the ability to search their entire desktop, whether for files, folders, chat logs or photos. This capability includes the deskbar applet, a central location on users’ desktops for all local and web search operations
* Firefox plugins – automatic installation of popular Firefox plugins validated by Ubuntu for a richer, safer web-browsing experience

March 7, 2011

Nice Printer Management photos

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A few nice printer management images I found:

Desk Panorama Take 2
printer management

Image by scottpowerz
Second attempt at the panorama shot of my desk setup at home. Now that I am working from home a few days a week I setup a 3rd display for my work Windows Laptop. The iMac and Macbook are controlled by the same keyboard and mouse using Teleport.

Focus on Imaging
printer management

Image by Barry Zee
Focus on Imaging 2009, Professional Imaging Supplies, pfd, Gary Walsh

A couple of minutes before 10.00am on the morning of Sunday, January 14th, 1990, Mary Walker was getting ready to open her first exhibition, Focus on Photography.

It had taken her 18 months of hard work to get to that point but she had had tremendous support from right across the industry. As she waited for the clock to tick towards ten o’clock she knew she had succeeded in putting together an exhibition which had so exceeded her early expectations that she had had to have a marquee erected at the back of The Pavilion at the NEC to accommodate everyone who wanted to be there.

Now the only question was “Will the show attract enough visitors – and of the right quality – to make the whole thing a complete success.”

The answer, as everyone connected with the show will tell you, was “yes” and from then onwards Focus has grown in both size and, arguably more important, reputation. However, even now, as Mary puts together the final details for the 20th Focus, now Focus on Imaging of course, she takes nothing for granted and is more than happy to confess that she will still have butterflies when she picks up the microphone to declare Focus 2009, the biggest ever, open.

So much has changed in those 20 years, including the name which Mary presciently changed in 1992. So many well known names have vanished – or at least are now shadows of their former selves while companies which once had no connection with photography – or “imaging” as we now know it – are now market leaders in that industry. Film is now a sideline product. Mobile phones now routinely feature cameras whose “megapixellage” was once thought all but unachievable. The internet has become a real rival to the High Street.

Throughout this time, Focus has provided a unique platform for innovation and product launches that new and emerging technologies have helped create but one thing hasn’t changed, the unique ambience that is Focus on Imaging. Focus is large enough to have a major impact on the imaging world, it’s Europe’s biggest annual imaging industry showcase after all, yet it retains a very personal, almost intimate, persona.

Not easy in an industry where some of the biggest companies in the world hold sway but where Focus scores – and scores heavily – over other exhibitions, is that even after 20 years, it’s still Mary Walker herself who pulls the whole thing together every year. It is still very much “her” show, just as that first one was back in 1990 but Mary has no plans to sit back on her laurels. Indeed with Focus 2010 already demanding her attention she’s already looking at ways of making that “coming-of-age” show even more of a success than its predecessors.

It hasn’t been an easy 12 months for anyone since Focus 2008 and the imaging industry has not been immune to the problems affecting the rest of the economy but one thing is clear from this year’s Focus exhibitors’ list – there’s a determination among both the giants and the giants-to-be of the industry to project a positive, “business as usual” message to the 33,000 or so visitors expected to make their way to the NEC over the four days the show is open, Sunday, February 22nd to Wednesday, 25th.

So, what can those visitors expect to see? First of all, a great many of the products which were unveiled at Photokina will be getting their UK debut, some of them indeed getting their first full debut in production rather than pre-production form.

They will be able to say “we were there” to share the excitement as a flurry of new companies set out the kind of thinking which allowed George Eastman to take the Kodak concept from his mother’s kitchen table to international status.

They will able to listen and learn as some of the best known names in the industry show how they do it, how they turn a fiver into fifty quid, how they use their computer as much as their camera to turn a perfectly acceptable photo into a top class Photo with a capital “P”.

And they will leave with their bags full of show special offers and end of range bargains, brochures about products they will want to investigate further, samples of different types of paper they can use at home, quite possibly with that special new lens they have been saving for or with the complete paperwork for the purchase of a new dry minilab or studio lighting system or wide format printer for delivery immediately after the show.

Memories are precious, says photo album specialists, Bob Books, but the rapidly increasing use of digital cameras has meant that the age-old delights of family photo albums are declining. Photographs are now stored in the memory of our computers, yet the desire for the emotive, tactile experience of photographs remains – and this is where Bob Books comes in.

From your computer simply download the Bob Books software. Use the formatting options to choose your desired layout, add your text and images to personalise your book; then just wait for delivery – it’s that simple.

The quality of our binding sets the benchmark, says Bob Books, which claims to offer the highest available production standards from its bookbindery in Switzerland where the company enjoys a reputation as one of the world leaders in bookbinding production.

The stand will also feature some brand new software but for now Bob Books will only say: “You’ll have to wait to the Focus doors open to see exactly what it does.”

Broncolor claims to have long set the benchmark by which all other lighting manufacturers are judged and says its new Scoro range sets a new level to which the competition must aspire, as it sets no less than four world bests.

With the new Swiss-built Scoro power packs, you can let your artistic imagination run free. With their uniquely convenient control systems, you can deal with even the most complex lighting setups easily every time. No other flash system gives you so much creative capability – and no other holds so many world records.

A recharging time of 0.6s at 1600 joule and 0.4s at 1200 joule, a 10 f-stop control range with stable colour temperature, adjustable colour temperature (at 200 K intervals), and three independent channels with exactly the same colour temperature – with Scoro, broncolor has set no fewer than four new world records, and remains the industry benchmark in modern flash technology. With its versatile and unparalleled capabilities for power distribution with consistent light quality, this new power pack is the ideal light source for digital photography.

Creativity Backgrounds will be offering 10 percent off all orders taken at the show. A great opportunity to stock up on your Arctic Whites and Blacks and to try one of the 50 colours. Why not go for a Carnation pink for children or wedding photography, or stimulate your imagination with a chromagreen backdrop. This show they will be highlighting the fact that they deliver direct to your studio or any location in the UK for only £5 (or £8 for next day). As a preview have a look at www.creativitybackgrounds.co.uk . This is a brand new website, which makes ordering dead easy. The company is also running a prize draw for a full-length 2.72mx11m roll per day. It’s free to enter, just put your card in the box or fill in a form on the stand for the chance to win.

Digital Photo Solutions, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of large format printers to the photographic and fine art markets and an authorised specialist dealer for over 30 digital imaging brands, will be demonstrating leading print to finish workflow solutions at Focus on Imaging 2009.

Visitors to the company’s stand will also be to test drive and compare the latest large format printers from Epson and HP, learn how to move seamlessly from image to print to finish to frame in less than 30 minutes, ensure your monitor’s colours are displayed correctly and match the output you are looking for with Datacolor’s industry-leading range of Spyder 3 monitor and printer profiling hardware calibrators.

They’ll also be able to see the latest version of the acclaimed Shiraz Focus software, explore the extensive range of DPS specialist media and see how you can increase your profits in the photographic, fine art and canvas printing markets, discover how to enhance your print service with the HotPress JetMounter and dind out how to protect your inkjet canvas prints and stretch them on to frames faster than ever before with the DPS QuickMate.

Dunns Imaging Group will be showing their new flex workflow, a complete production and web hosting solution specifically designed for shools and nursery photographers. There will also be demonstrations of their new innovative album creation software Creative Albums. Both products are set to play a major role in Dunns product offering during 2009

If you visit the Extensis stand N8, you’ll find a team of experts showcasing Portfolio Server 8.5, the latest version of their digital asset management solution. Portfolio Server 8.5 provides the core set of capabilities you need to keep your images on-the-move—for routing to other users/departments, for final delivery to clients, partners or vendors, or for secure archiving. Included with Portfolio Server 8.5, Project Sync for Adobe CS3 seamlessly integrates with Adobe CS3 to offer powerful database searching, flexible archiving and automated web delivery—all from within the Creative Suite environment.

Some photographers jump from lab to lab searching for the lowest prices, reckons Portuguese company, Floricolor, adding that others search for a lab to work with them in partnership, to ensure quality, fair pricing and short delivery times.

Floricolor claims to have been pioneers in the protection of digital albums through lamination, and has recently introduced varnish UV protection, pointing out that this is the best system of protecting photos against heat, humidity and scratches, while maintaining the unique touch of photographic paper. Floricolor combines the best in two worlds, the highest technology of digital print (Frontier, two Durst Theta 51s, Laserlab 76, Fuji and Kodak Professional0 and the hands of skilled craftsmen with many years of practice.

“The number of new costumers we have attracted indicates that we are on the right track,” said a company spokesman. “We are looking at the future with optimism because innovation is an inseparable element of our work philosophy.”

Fujifilm UK has expanded its range of professional inkjet media, with additions that include a popular new satin finish canvas type and an outstanding genuine fibre base gloss baryte. Satin Canvas 350gsm is one of two new canvases introduced by Fujifilm UK. Satin has become the canvas finish most favoured by US consumers, a trend the UK is expected to follow. The other new Fujifilm canvas is Fine Art Natural Canvas 290gsm, a single-weave natural matt.

But, says Fuji, the big news in Fine Art must be that two completely new baryte type papers have joined the Fujifilm range of large format print media. The extensively tested new papers are available in gloss and matt, the base paper is genuine fibre based baryte media.

The new Fujifilm baryte papers have a premium look and feel, wide dynamic range, luminous neutral whites, and hold deep, rich blacks, even have the scent of traditional baryte papers, and they give exceptional, museum standard, archival life.

Fujifilm UK have also introduced Boxiprint, an innovative instant canvas wrap box frame product, aimed at retail applications. Boxiprint box frames are supplied as single sheets of high quality satin canvas mounted on carton board. They come pressed and scored with a patented scheme of ingenious folds, enabling each board to be simply folded by hand into a finished box frame canvas, just minutes after printing on an inkjet printer.

Boxiprint instant canvas box frames can be printed on most professional inkjets that have a straight paper path and a ‘board’ setting, allowing them to accept boards up to 1.7mm thick. This includes all Fujifilm Epson Stylus Pro printers supplied as GreenBox bundles, as well as many other printers. The product is ideal for retail photo labs, and is also suitable for portrait studios, art and framing businesses, and the gift and card sector. Boxiprint is easy to use, but for added peace of mind the product is supported with ICC colour profiles for many Fujifilm Epson Stylus Pro printers, and print templates for Fujifilm

Graphistudio is to launch Graphiware, a new design of software created to give photographers an amazing tool in today’s competitive and highly creative market at Focus 2009.

It’s powerful, yet easy to use. You can gather your images and design your own layout with the option to use Graphistudio’s renowned multi-award winning templates, modify them to suit your needs or even design from scratch your own. The simple drag and drop logic of Graphiware will enable you to design stunning layouts in minutes, adding effects, re-touching elements with Photoshop and much, much more.

At the same time, Graphistudio has created a new on-line ordering system, dedicated to making production faster, efficient and more cost effective Gone are the days of hand written or typed orders. Now with a few taps of the keyboard the huge choice of sizes, orientations, covers and copies can be chosen and directly loaded into the system live at the same time as you upload your order or it will await delivery of your disk, negatives or prints.

Very few companies worldwide can look back with pride over such a long and rich tradition as Hahnemühle. Since its founding in 1584 Hahnemühle in Dassel has demonstrated its superb mastery of a traditional craft, creating uniquely beautiful papers from pure spring water and premium cellulose.

Using this rich experience enables the company to be at the forefront of the ever evolving digital inkjet market as well as the realm of traditional artists paper. Recent technological advances such as its true Baryta papers which enable photographers to recreate darkroom prints digitally, newly released papers available in a 64 inch format to match the latest Giclee printing technology and environmentally friendly papers made from highly renewable resources such as bamboo and cotton rag.

To celebrate its 425 year anniversary Hahnemühle will release an exclusive Anniversary Collection Box. This Anniversary Edition consists of an elegant cotton rag paper with a particularly smooth texture for Fine Art images as well as other special anniversary products. It’s all packaged in a unique presentation box designed exclusively by Prat, Paris.

There is another exciting new addition to our environmentally friendly range of products. Hahnemühle Sugar Cane is made from 75 percent sugar cane fibre. The organic by-product of sugar cane processing is used to make a pulp. This pulp or “bagasse” is an eco-friendly renewable resource endorsed by environmental organizations. Cotton fibres extracted from recycling our own paper surplus make up the remaining 25 percent of raw material used to produce the paper. The result is a natural white Fine Art paper extremely resistant to ageing. The premium inkjet coating guarantees Fine Art images rich in contrast and detail, and the texture of this artist paper has a wonderful feel to it. Hahnemühle Sugar Cane is ideal for warm toned colour and monochrome prints of Fine Art photography and art reproductions. This Paper will have its UK debut as an exclusive preview at Focus.

Luminati says that once again it will be setting out to capture photographers’ imaginations, delivering a range of acrylic frames which are said to push the boundaries for the professional image maker.

Clear2C Professional with its diamond polished flush fronted finish and unique magnet back panel, has been a great success following its launch at Focus on Imaging 2008. Launched as a 15mm thick frame, the range was extended to include the sleeker 9mm thick Impression range. Following customer feedback Luminati also introduced a range of panoramic formats.

This year sees Luminati extend the Clear2C range further with their Capture, and Snap frames. A unique front image holder allows images to be mounted and changed with ease, whilst the frame hangs on the wall. The Clear2C Professional, Impression, Capture, and Snap frames are available in a range of colours, and in single aperture, multiple aperture, and panoramic aperture formats. Luminati experts will be on hand to demonstrate the range, but are just as keen to discuss visitors’ needs, and would welcome discussions regards the need for unique sizes and formats.

Middlewall remain one of the few British wedding album manufacturers who continue to produce quality hand made, non imported traditional albums, ranging from size 5×5 to 12×12.

They have extended their range of Digital Albums with various styles and sizes including silk and aluminium finishes and see the latest ‘Triangle’ Digital Album.

The Oxford (sticky!) album can be designed to any specific requests with a choice of adhesive or non adhesive pages, embossed photo relief frame, a vast choice of material finishes, personalisation and corners.

Middlewall have recently launched MacLab Limited a new sister company, which specialises in digital printing with full photographic prints on Fuji Crystal Archive paper, up to an astounding 24ins x100 ins.

This year for Focus onOne Software will be showing new products, including the brand new PhotoFrame 4 and the new plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop Light Room and Apple’s Aperture, along with many of its existing highly successful software products.

Every day of the show visitors will be given the chance of winning Lastolite equipment worth £250 if they buy an onOne software product. When the customer makes an onOne software purchase they will be given a raffle ticket and entered in to the draw, all they have to do is return at the end of the day with their raffle ticket and their receipt as a proof of purchase and wait for the winner to be called.

On show will also be the new Essentials for iPhoto. This is very similar to the Essentials for Elements, as they both have “Make it better” (the ColourTune half of PhotoTune), “Frame it” (reduced version of PhotoFrame) and “Enlarge it” (reduced version of Genuine Fractals). The difference between the two is that Essentials for Elements has “Cut it out” (reduced version of Mask Pro) and Essentials for iPhoto has “Blur it” (full version of FocalPoint). Not forgetting products such as Genuine fractals 5, Mask Pro 4 and PhotoTools 1.0, PhotoFrame 3.1 and PhotoTune 2.2 these plug-in favorites are still going strong and will be making an appearance at Focus

There’s also the all-new PhotoFrame 4 which comes in two editions – Professional and Standard – and new plug-ins for Lightroom and Aperture

The Open College of the Arts is a creative arts college specialising in distance learning, with courses, which can be entirely studied at home, spanning a wide range of disciplines, and including three new ones, People and Place, Creative Digital Film and Visual Studies. The OCA’s Photography courses have been written by Michael Freeman, one of the world’s most widely published photography authors. Course materials are practically based and set out clear programmes of work that develop practical expertise and stimulate critical and formal awareness.

All OCA courses are supported by one-to-one tuition. OCA tutors are experienced teachers and practising artists in their fields. This combination of professional expertise with a strong background in teaching means you can be confident in your tutor’s ability to help you develop your skills and to provide supportive and constructive feedback.

OCA courses are open to anyone and you can enrol at anytime. You can study with us for pleasure, to explore your creativity, to learn new skills or to gain a degree.

New Eco-Flo systems for the new Epson R1900 and R2880 will come under the spotlight on the Permajet stand along with a new addition to the Portrait family of papers. Portrait Velvet 310gsm has a 100 percent white cotton rag base with an ultra smooth surface that has all the characteristics of Permajet’s popular and successful Portrait 300 and Portrait White 285 product.

“The moment you pick up this beautiful velvet smooth surface,” says the company, “you immediately appreciate the paper for what it is, a wonderful fine art product that exhibits an extremely high Dmax making it ideal for monochrome as well as colour reproductions.”

The stand, which will feature a number of special show offers, will also showcase a range of photoBooks developed for the artist, photographer, graphic designer, educational market and others. They’re described as ideal for photographic/fine art work, personal portfolios, photo books, albums, school projects and much more and “best of all,” adds Permajet, “no heat binding is required.”

As well as offering live quotes Photoguard will be giving visitors the opportunity to photograph a professional model, something which was well received last year with many professional and budding photographers scrambling to get a good picture.

Photoguard will also be offering a free-prize draw, worth up to a value of £500. No need to answer any difficult questions, simply fill in your contact details and drop your entry into a box for a chance to win.

In addition, the stand will be offering 10 percent off the cost of policies to all those who take a leaflet, so when it’s renewal time test our quote and find out how we fare. “We’re so confident in our prices we offer a price guarantee of double the difference if you find a better deal elsewhere,” says Photoguard.

Photomart will once again be featuring “loads of exciting new products” on their Focus stand. Alongside the UK’s leading "nanobook" press, the Imijit, exclusively by Photomart, in the limelight will be latest retail solutions from Sony including the new "Super" Snaplab and Sony kiosk, Mitsubishi Electric’s new EasyPhoto consumer station and their high volume drylab solution or "MPU", Fujifilm’s Frontier DL-410 and Silverlab’s ML-9000 drylab solution. Fomei, the people who helped develop bandw multicontrast paper emulsions, will have their range of wide format media on display as well as their latest retail offering, the MicroLab system. On the studio side, some of the biggest names in photographic studio lighting will be featured with live lighting demonstrations by top photographers and models. There will also be demonstrations of the “amazing” PhotoRobot. This heralds in a revolution in product photography for the web allowing the viewer to see a product from any angle by manipulating the image along any three-dimensional axis with the mouse pointer.

First time Focus exhibitors at Focus, Premier Ink and Photographic is a family-owned photography retailer, based in Leamington Spa, founded seven years ago, and still run by the original core staff. Its stand will be packed full of “Show Specials”, with something of interest for all photographers, professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts alike.

There will be a huge range of photographic consumables on display, and available to buy on the day, including: square filters, circular threaded filters, DSLR camera batteries and battery grips, memory cards, inkjet papers and inkjet cartridges. There will also be “Show Deals” across our entire range, with products from many manufacturers, including Epson, Canon, HP, Ilford, Kood, Cokin, Energizer, Hahnel, and Sandisk.

Praktica’s back at Focus again, this time with a more prominent stand which will help the company place special emphasis on developing links with independent high street retailers. National sales manager David Grandison will be on hand to show current and prospective trade and retail customers the company’s 2009 range of digital cameras, digital frames and binoculars.

With over 20 years experience in the UK recording, broadcast and film-making industries, Protape is a provider of quality blank recording products, offering a wide range of digital data storage, video and audio formats to customers throughout the UK. Established in 1989, the business is located in London’s West End.

Protape supplies a wide range of quality blank recording products that come directly from the UK branches of the world leading manufactures such as Sony, Fuji and Panasonic and are stored in the Protape’s local depot to ensure a swift delivery. The products include digital data storage, hard drives, memory sticks and accessories, audio and video tapes, making them perfect for a wide range of customers, and they are available for purchase online and over the phone.

At Focus it will be offering a range of recording products at discounted rates, together with a range of consumer hard drives, CDs, DVDs, memory sticks, Blu-ray discs and other popular formats.

Bob Rigby’s will be showing their range of imported lines, including Acratech Ball Heads, Wimberley Gimbal heads, Pinhole Cameras and the Shutterbeam system. A full range of tripods and heads from Gitzo, Manfrotto and solutions for computer work from Wacom tablets and OnOne software. There will also be a range of accessories for all photographic needs, be it digital or traditional

SRB-Griturn is a manufacturer of adaptors and supplier of camera and photographic accessories. It will be introducing its very own slide copier for use with DSLRs and compact digital cameras, as well as showing its better known, filters, adaptors, stepping rings and much more. The company also has its own specialist manufacturing service, which it will be happy to discuss with Focus visitors.

Towergate Camerasure is one of the UK’s leading providers of insurance to the photographic, video and multi media industries, and offers competitive quotations whilst providing one of the most comprehensive policies within the market.

It will be offering exclusive Focus 2009 rates across the whole range of products available and, once again, there will be the Towergate Camerasure Free Prize draw where a year’s free insurance up to the value of £1500.00 can be won.

“Be inspired this Focus” is the message from Annabel Williams’ Contemporary Photographic Training with Catherine Connor and Jane Breakell hosting informal sessions for photographers needing training advice and support. Sessions are completely free and will give advice on which is the best training route, in order to meet both photographic aspirations and educational needs. The CPT stand will host a team of experts, dedicated to ensuring those that visit the stand gain the best form of insight and direction.

Zund UK will be exhibiting for the first time at Focus 2009. It will be showing one of its digital cutting systems complete with the appropriate tooling to show all aspects of finishing. With its modular tooling concept the system can be configured to X/Y trim roll or sheet fed media such as photographs, posters, banners and so on. A simple tool change is all that’s needed for the system to produce photo mounts or even rout thicker substrates such as acrylic, Perspex and so on.

Sometimes companies invest heavily in equipment such as digital printers without any consideration as to how the printed product will be finished, thus causing a bottleneck and inefficiencies in the production process. The Zund range of products is said to fit perfectly into the workflow eliminating these scenarios.

Focus on Imaging 2009 takes place as usual in Halls 9 and 10 at the NEC. It opens on Sunday, February 22nd, and runs until Wednesday, February 25th.

Check out the Focus on Imaging website to find everything there you need to know and a whole lot more as well about Europe’s biggest annual imaging event.

Trade, business and professional visitors can pre-register for free admission via the website. Admission for non-trade or non-professional visitors, including amateurs, who are also very welcome, remains at £6.00 but they can save time on the day by registering in advance via the Focus website.

March 4, 2011

Nice Print Sale photos

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A few nice print sale images I found:

Print Design – “Double”
print sale

Image by As_One
Design 3 of 3 print designs created for the launch of the Street Art (Fresh Paint) exhibition being held at the Herbert Gallery in Coventry until January 2011.
Limited to a run of 25, this print is based on a combination of my submission for the exhibition and the preparatory drawing for the piece.
Digital print on 120gsm Finesse Premier satin.
For sale – £10.00 unframed, £16.50 framed. Get in touch!

Have a look at my site here for more details about my work.

Condensation – Prints for sale
print sale

Image by Rob Gallop
www.rgphotographic.com

February 27, 2011

Nice Print Usb photos

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Some cool print usb images:

Ancient and Modern (aka “Digital Printouts” and Writing Secure Systems)
print usb

Image by Daniele Muscetta
Digital Printouts.
I often find it funny to use the old reflex camera with films, but I mostly use it as if it was a digital one: I make many shots, some are good some are bad – I don’t bother printing them, I just let it develop and I scan the pictures I like from the film (several ones are even posted here this way).
I have even been talking about this with fellow flickerer’s: www.flickr.com/groups/romamor/discuss/72157600009019234/p…

On the opposite, it often happens that I want to print some photos made with the digital camera. So I take them to the shop on the Compact Flash, or more often on a USB pen drive.

Today, tough, something strange happened: the machine they use to print digital photos (some very big professional system for printing on photographic paper with a proprietary application which manages it) hanged while it was trying to load this one photo which was on the USB pendrive.

The guy at the shop got panicked: he said a week earlier a guy got the machine infected with a Virus through his USB pen, and he had to stop working for three days, spend a lot of money to get the system reinstalled…

I tried to tell him to close the application but he did not even get what I was talking about. He was saying that the system was not responsive… I was pretty sure the system WAS responsive, it was just the APPLICATION which was hanging, and since it looked like an NT-based system I tried to guide him through CTRL+ALT+DEL, to start "Task Manager", kill the application (this whole procedure took several minutes, and I had to show him which keys I was talking about as he was abel to find "ALT" but he had never hear of CTRL, left alone "DEL"). It was a Windows2000 Professional… so I wondered how did he logged in if he did not know that key combination….. I asked how did he get in when he started the machine…. "it opens automatically" he said. I see. I though it must be configured for autologon then. After killing the application he asked "how do I get out of this now??" "This" being Windows Explorer… I mean, the desktop. I pulled out my USB pendrive he was afraid of, I helped him reboot. He was nervous and he said it took much longer than normal to start up (I don’t believe ONE word of it, it just took much less time than my laptop with Vista takes to start up… but he was worried and that makes one anxious and makes time flow slower). He was afraid and nervous that the "thing" could have been broken somehow by trying to load a JPEG…
NOTHING made him confident about me: I tried to reassure him I am an IT Professional, that I work for Microsoft (unfortunately I did not have my business cards with me today, that would have probably helped!), that I put my hands on much more complex and "missioncritical" systems, that I would not bring him any virus whatsoever and I am paranoid about computer security…
Nothing. Nothing worked to re-assure him that there wasn’t anything to worry about my pen…

While the machine started I saw it doing AutoAdminLogon with Administrator… with a password of TWO characters.
Oh my god!
Then he wonders that he gets viruses from strangers. He runs as Administrator all the time!!!

But then I though and asked… "is there maybe a LIMIT on the SIZE of the file?". "Of course there is!".
Right.

Since the photo I wanted to print is actually a composition made of two photos pasted together, and each of the original was a 8 Megapixel photo, the resulting is a 16 Megapixel picture, a JPG file of roughly 8 megabytes in size. Well, this days it isn’t much anyway. We nearly have cameras which produce files with that high resolution…
..but if THAT application has a limit… WHY on earth doesn’t it CHECK for the bloody SIZE of the file BEFORE trying to load it ?

I mean, those are professional systems which – he said – cost around 150 THOUSAND of Euros… which they let run with an application which does NOT do any input checking/validation, runs the whole time as Administrator… while letting people bring in their own CD-ROMs, USB pens, flash memory cards….
and they expect it to be safe?

Now the guy was panicked and wouldn’t let me plug my pen it again.

Then he’s close in the afternoon, and I need that photo (and other ones) for tomorrow, because tomorrow it is my grandad’s 91st birthday and I wanted to bring them printed for him and framed as a present!

Morale: I have to find another place to print them in the afternoon, in a rush, because some company sells print systems which are written like crap, which need to run as Administrator and won’t do any input validation in their code. This is one of those situations where a design flaw matters.

MeeBlip-USB-cable
print usb

Image by Create Digital Media
Oh, yeah. You know you love the USB cable. Look at it … so … USB-y.

Confuse your friends on Flickr by choosing the "favorite" tag for this one.

Make it your desktop wallpaper. Put it on your phone. Print it out and save it in your wallet.

meeblip.noisepages.com
Meeblip – the hackable, open source digital synth

Digital
print usb

Image by uncoolbob
My cheapo USB speakers have this little light on the front. Taken with the old manual focus handheld macro technique.

Thought it would make a good set icon.

Interesting to see the aliasing – they must have printed the mask with a dot-matrix or something.

I assume there’s an LED providing the light.

February 21, 2011

Nice All In One Printing photos

Filed under: All In One Laserjet — Tags: , , — admin @ 4:31 am

Some cool all in one printing images:

Peking Mission School Children At Play, The Dragon’s Head, China [1902] Carlton H. Graves Co [RESTORED]
all in one printing

Image by ralphrepo
Entitled: Peking mission school children at play, the dragon’s head [1902] CH Graves (but likely H Ponting) [RESTORED] I retouched out some minor spot and scratches, adjusted the tone and contrast, and finally added a sepia tone. The image is from the right of a stereoscope pair. The originals, two in this case, are attributed to both CH Graves in 1902, and another to Keystone. The later one was presumably reprinted under a new title when Keystone View Co took possession of Graves collection (as a part of their Underwood acquisition); it listed only the title without any attribution at all. The original CH Graves image listed the Peking location and attests to a missionary school there.

The US Library of Congress lists this picture under two Reproduction Numbers, LC-USZ62-103632 for the Keystone attributed image, and LC-USZ62-52359 for the slightly poorer quality CH Graves print.

Carlton Harlow Graves was the owner of CH Graves Company (one of his many business titles), another one of several stereoscope picture view companies that imaged the world extensively in the hopes of bringing esoteric views to jaded westerners. He eventually sold out to Underwood & Co. in 1910, and it is presumed that his work then went to Keystone View when Underwood itself was later sold to them. CH Graves Company also used the work of other paid photographers, and Herbert Ponting is suspected of being Graves’ actual source of all it’s China images, including this one.

I simply love this picture. Early 1900s Chinese children were hardly ever at ease enough to unabashedly play in front of a western photographer. They’re either too scared, shy, or mesmerized by the photographer’s operation to ever engage in what they would otherwise do normally if the westerner wasn’t present. Like all kids one would expect them to be playing, and this rare image successfully captures that. In a collaborative effort, five boys acrobatically form the head of a dragon. This provides ample evidence that traditional folklore and myth was already inculcated into the Chinese psyche at an early age, enough that Children use the imagery from such tales to acrobatically create imaginary creatures during their frolic and gambol.

Collodion Emulsion (Wet Plate) Photo on Glass from OLD JAPAN (6)
all in one printing

Image by Okinawa Soba (On the Road for a While)
Ca.1880s image by KIMBEI KUSAKABE. Notice the in house water wheel with the mill race running under the structure (instead of beside it, which is usually the case) and then below a low walkway.

Hmmm… A river flowing under a building ?

Sorry, Frank Lloyd Wright, but your beautiful FALLING WATER home in Pennsylvania, USA was beat-to-the-punch by these old Farmers in Japan.

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NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS PHOTOGRAPH !!!

The above photograph is one of sixteen early collodion images on glass that I am posting as a group — and all of these beautiful, hand-tinted slides were made without the benefit of GELATIN.

Before getting into what collodion is all about, let’s first cover gelatin.

As most folks know (or might not know), gelatin is the all-important carrier substance used to make the photo-sensitive emulsion coatings for all films — from 35mm to Sheet Film, and from X-Ray to Spectrometer Films — as well as the films for our favorite motion pictures, and the photographic prints that fill our albums and preserve our memories.

This also means that all of you digital folks become gelatin users every time you get your photos printed out at the local photo shop or drug store. It has been this way in the world of commercial photography for well over 100 years now. Even as we surround ourselves with chemical miracles of the 21st Century, no substance has yet been found that beats Gelatin for the hard-copy world of film and print photography.

GELATIN

GELATIN, of course, is made from the rendered SKIN AND BONES OF SLAUGHTERED ANIMALS. The Wiki also puts it bluntly : "Gelatin is a protein…..extracted from the bones, connective tissues organs, and some intestines of animals such as domesticated cattle, pigs, and horses". That is to say, the meat is STRIPPED FROM THE CARCASS and sent off to McDonald’s, while any skin that cannot be used for leather, the bones and ligaments, and the rest of the guts not fit for consumption (or sausage and baloney) are sent off elsewhere to be boiled down to give you GELATIN.

ANIMAL-LOVING VEGETARIANS & PETA MEMBERS TAKE NOTE !!!

If you are one of those Vegetarian VEGAN types who is also a PHOTOGRAPHER or an avid MOVIE GOER, you can read the following link and weep. After which, you may go and copy all of your print photos over to digital before going out and burning the originals (in order to cleanse your conscience and your immortal soul). Then, you can send me all of your nice film cameras, which you won’t be using any more! Come to think of it, I will really miss seeing you over at the Movie Theater, too…..boo hoo :

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelatin

HOLLYWOOD and BOLLYWOOD

The American Humane Association is the source of the "No animals were harmed….." disclaimer seen in most movie end-credits. One of their first basic principles in issuing this seal is that No animal will be injured or harmed for the sake of a film production. However, the simple fact is quite the opposite in that, for the sake of a film production, KODAK, FUJI, and AGFA all depend on carnivorous man’s love of a good hamburger and pork chop in order to avail themselves of the slaughtered carcasses needed to produce the very film itself for almost every movie you’ve ever seen.

In the case of BOLLYWOOD, I find it interesting that Hindus (whose general vegetarian stance is far more culturally and religiously rooted than just a personal aversion to meat) are very supportive of the Film Industry in general, and pack out theaters on a regular basis to enjoy the latest flicks.

"….Hinduism is based on the concept of omni-presence of the Almighty, and the presence of a soul in all creatures, including bovines. Thus, by that definition, killing any animal would be a sin: one would be obstructing the natural cycle of birth and death of that creature, and the creature would have to be reborn in that same form because of its unnatural death……" (Wiki)

Apparently, it is a sin to kill and eat a Cow, but all is forgiven as long as you transform the slaughtered carcass into a song-and-dance number on the Silver Screen ! On the other hand, somebody might have failed to inform them of the source of their cinematic pleasures, and the old adage "Ignorance is Bliss" accounts for the success of Bollywood in a nation that is 80% Hindu.

So you see, the art and perusal of Photography and Film can and does touch on some of our most personal convictions, as well as aspects of religion and culture. Some might say it is better to "let sleeping dogs lie" when it comes to these matters, however, as adult members of the flickr photography community, these things are well within the bounds of serious discussion.

COLLODION

On the other hand, the early photographers side-stepped the slaughter of animals, and went through a 20 to 30 year period (and perhaps 50 years for die-hards) of using COLLODION to make the glass-plate negative emulsions. Generally speaking, Collodion is specially prepared COTTON dissolved in ALCOHOL. At one stage of the preparation, the COTTON BALLS became what is known a GUN COTTON, which was highly explosive. If the photographer (or chemist) was not careful, you could say they would get a REAL BANG out of their new-fangled hobby of taking pictures !!!

The details are HERE :

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collodion

and HERE :

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrocellulose

The image posted above is a hand colored, collodion POSITIVE made by copying (or contact printing from) a collodion NEGATIVE. Due to an optical illusion property of the developed collodion on glass, the negative itself could have been cased as an AMBROTYPE with the proper black backing behind the image to make it magically appear as a positive.

The same "negative approach" would make a TINTYPE, but instead putting the emulsion on glass, it is exposed and developed on black-lacquered (or "Japanned") metal sheets — where the negative would also appear as a positive to the eye. The same emulsion used for all of the above processes was the same collodion. Only the presentation was different !

By the way, most of the old JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS posted on my photostream are coated with neither Collodion, nor Gelatin. With the exception of the SALT PRINTS, which have no coatings or emulsions, all other images are formed in an emulsion made of ALBUMEN — that is, the egg whites of endless, clucking Chickens.

Back in the 1860s, one photographic outfit in New York had a Chicken Coop out back that produced 10,000 eggs a day in order to keep up with the demand for photographic papers coated with albumen !

As for you poor VEGAN folks who think you must now write off seeing movies as a way to "Save the Animals", please have no fear, and do not suffer. Just stick to motion pictures made with the RED ONE camera that go straight to DVD !

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Digital_Cinema_Camera_Company

DISCLAIMER

Lest there be any misunderstanding, Okinawa_Soba should state that, although I love animals as much as the next guy, and do exercise a certain level of animal ethics, I am not an official member of PETA [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals]. Rather, I’m a life-long member of that other PETA group — People Eating Tasty Animals !.

I am also one whose heart has been hardened to the point where I can sit through the latest BLOCKBUSTER films over at the local Cineplex — eating my popcorn while the story unfolds on the screen at 24 frames-per-second, with light from the projector lamp blazing through miles of motion picture film coated with the rendered remains of untold numbers of slaughtered cows.

As for Slaughtered Pigs and Horses…. Gummy Bears, Jello, or Marshmallows, anyone ?

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TECHNICAL NOTES

WET COLLODION….. or DRY COLLODION ?

"…..So far as we know….professional slide producers use either photo-mechanical…or the wet collodion process, while the amateur as a rule uses one or other of the gelatin processes……."

—– Andrew Pringle, LANTERN SLIDES BY PHOTOGRAPHIC METHODS, 1897

"…….Whether the finest lantern slides are those produced by the wet collodion process may, or may not be so, yet it is a fact that collodion lantern slides possess a resplendence, sparkle, and clearness often absent in slides made by other processes. In distinction from gelatin, collodion slides do not melt [in the heat of the projector]. The usual method of producing the slides is by copying the negative in the camera, although it is possible to make lantern slides by contact [printing] upon a wet collodion plate by use of a well-varnished negative that is slightly separated from the wet plate by a well-oiled mask of heavy paper. However, [it is better to copy the negative] using a camera….."

— Edward C. Worden, NITROCELLULOUSE INDUSTRY, 1911

No matter if they were contact printing these slides, or putting the still-wet copy plate into a film holder and thus into the copy camera, it was a very messy business, and we should be appreciative of their efforts. After all, their careful patience for even one day of labor in and out of a dark tent resulted in these images still being with us after over 120 years.

Here is one annotated photo from the 1870s offering more proof that these type of images — as either negatives or positives — were actually made while still wet with the sticky, and sometimes drippy emulsion :

www.flickr.com/photos/20939975@N04/2134049400/

On the other hand, although wet-plate collodion emulsions were NO GOOD when they dried out (usually within 10 minutes or so of coating the glass), experimenters tried everything to get them to remain sensitive — including soaking in Beer, Coffee, or anything else they could grab from the kitchen or the chemist, all hoping to discover a successful DRY COLLODION process.

Some Westerners had limited success, and at least one old 19th Century book gives directions on how to get your "wet plate" to work after drying out — with the only drawback being that exposure times in a camera were 20 times longer than normal !

So, if our Japanese photographer friends got tired of the messy wet plates to make these beautiful slides, perhaps they tried some secret methods now lost to us — like treating their plates with SOY SAUCE and WASABI in order to get these messy glass "films" to work when dry !!!

In the end, they all said "to hell with collodion", and switched over to the much faster and very dry Gelatin coated plates.

Let there be Light
all in one printing

Image by Nick Kidd
This image will use up all your inkjet ink in one print. Try it.

February 13, 2011

Nice Server Printing photos

Filed under: Server Printing — Tags: , , , — admin @ 2:18 pm

Check out these server printing images:

Office Room iBook
server printing

Image by Sigalakos
A 12” iBook G4 for the Office Room. This iBook acts as a Backup server for all our macs (via external HDD), as a Wireless Printer Server, as a Fax server and a tool for the occasional scan. Not too shabby. :-D Above a printing of an oil painting by Carl Barks depicting a Gold-rush Uncle Scrooge. On the right my DVD collection collecting dust ;-)

Desktop – February 2011
server printing

Image by Ricecracker.
Old Desktop

Photo by RGT3 Pics.

Icons are Kobhens. I got mine from a different site, so I can’t vouch for those…

WeatherBug/Caffeine/Nocturne/Instant Shot/Shiftlt/YouControlTunes/Wordpress/ialertu/Bowtie/Just Notes/Mobile Mouse Server

Geektool scripts:

Time:
date +"%I:%M"

AM/PM:
date +"%p"

Weekday:
date +%A

Day of the month:
date +%d

Month:
date +%B

Uptime:
uptime

RAM Usage:
top -l 1 | awk ‘/PhysMem/ {print "Used: " " Free: " }’

Airport info:
sh /Users/Isaac/airport.sh

Battery Percent:
ioreg -l | grep -i capacity | tr ‘\n’ ‘ | ‘ | awk ‘{printf("%.2f%%", / * 100)}’

Paper prototyping
server printing

Image by nertzy
I took this shot to show off the low-fidelity paper prototype we made for our Olin SCOPE project. The lighting worked out really well, and we ended up using it as the cover photo for our report.

February 1, 2011

Nice Remote Printing photos

Filed under: Remote Printing — Tags: , , , — admin @ 9:02 pm

A few nice remote printing images I found:

Main Valley Floor of the Maze, a Remote and Rugged Region in the Center of the Canyonlands. It Contains Only One Or Two Trails Usable by Horses. Hikers Enter by Means of Ropes, Or Steps Cut in the Rock, 05/1972
remote printing

Image by The U.S. National Archives
Original Caption: Main Valley Floor of the Maze, a Remote and Rugged Region in the Center of the Canyonlands. It Contains Only One Or Two Trails Usable by Horses. Hikers Enter by Means of Ropes, Or Steps Cut in the Rock, 05/1972

U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-3267

Photographer: Hiser, David, 1937-

Subjects:
Canyonlands National Park (San Juan county, Utah, United States) national park
Environmental Protection Agency
Project DOCUMERICA

Persistent URL: http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalIdSearch?id=545754

Repository: Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001.

For information about ordering reproductions of photographs held by the Still Picture Unit, visit: www.archives.gov/research/order/still-pictures.html

Reproductions may be ordered via an independent vendor. NARA maintains a list of vendors at www.archives.gov/research/order/vendors-photos-maps-dc.html

Buy copies of selected National Archives photographs and documents at the National Archives Print Shop online: gallery.pictopia.com/natf/photo/

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted
Use Restrictions: Unrestricted

A Hiker in the Maze, a Remote and Rugged Region in the Heart of the Canyonlands, 05/1972
remote printing

Image by The U.S. National Archives
Original Caption: A Hiker in the Maze, a Remote and Rugged Region in the Heart of the Canyonlands. In These Wild Sections There Are No Trails, and the Explorer Must Rely on Map and Compass. Previous Experience Is Necessary; Water Is Scarce, the Terrain Harsh and Help Is Sometimes Days Away. But the Rewards Are Great, and Many People Feel That This Is the Only Way to Truly Experience the Canyonlands, 05/1972

U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-3275

Photographer: Hiser, David, 1937-

Subjects:
Canyonlands National Park (San Juan county, Utah, United States) national park
Environmental Protection Agency
Project DOCUMERICA

Persistent URL: http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalIdSearch?id=545762

Repository: Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001.

For information about ordering reproductions of photographs held by the Still Picture Unit, visit: www.archives.gov/research/order/still-pictures.html

Reproductions may be ordered via an independent vendor. NARA maintains a list of vendors at www.archives.gov/research/order/vendors-photos-maps-dc.html

Buy copies of selected National Archives photographs and documents at the National Archives Print Shop online: gallery.pictopia.com/natf/photo/

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted
Use Restrictions: Unrestricted

Water Canyon, near the Maze, a Very Remote and Rugged Region near the Center of the Canyonlands, 05/1972
remote printing

Image by The U.S. National Archives
Original Caption: Water Canyon, near the Maze, a Very Remote and Rugged Region near the Center of the Canyonlands. Water Canyon Gets Its Name from a Spring Within the Canyon, Which Furnishes a Good Supply of Pure Water, a Rarity in the Region, 05/1972

U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-3301

Photographer: Hiser, David, 1937-

Subjects:
Canyonlands National Park (San Juan county, Utah, United States) national park
Environmental Protection Agency
Project DOCUMERICA

Persistent URL: http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalIdSearch?id=545788

Repository: Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001.

For information about ordering reproductions of photographs held by the Still Picture Unit, visit: www.archives.gov/research/order/still-pictures.html

Reproductions may be ordered via an independent vendor. NARA maintains a list of vendors at www.archives.gov/research/order/vendors-photos-maps-dc.html

Buy copies of selected National Archives photographs and documents at the National Archives Print Shop online: gallery.pictopia.com/natf/photo/

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted
Use Restrictions: Unrestricted

January 30, 2011

Nice Laserjet Printing photos

Filed under: Laserjet Printing — Tags: , , , — admin @ 12:28 pm

Check out these laserjet printing images:

Canon <3s You
laserjet printing

Image by owenkohai
Apparently.

These dowel things had little hearts printed on them. Bizarre.

Pictured in the background is the paper tray to the Laserjet 4 this printer was replacing.

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