One of the things I don’t do enough of as a photographer is actually PRINT my own photos out.
Even more embarrassing – how many of the those photos escaped and made it to the printers? Well a lot of them ended up on Photoblog and on GhettoIFE/Economy Class and Beyond.
But how many of those images actually ended up in print?
I’ll let you guess. Go on. That’s correct.
Yes, I should be practising what I’m preaching. So this year, I’m resolving for each trip that I do, I release one print (whatever the size). I chose this picture of Waikiki Beach to go the printers.
Secrets to this picture? Nothing that being there at the right time. Shot on a Canon 6D with a 24-105L, ISO2500, 1/40th shutter at f4, and the image stabiliser on. No noise correction applied, no filters in post, just the image as it comes.
Whilst I could had probably brought the ISO down a bit if I took a tripod, you are making the dangerous assumption that I travel with a tripod.
I don’t. It’s a personal preference as I like to travel without more equipment than I need.
So what did I want to do with this? I’m not a fan of posters, and this print deserves to blown up in a big way. And I mean big.
So I go to my old standby of put it on a canvas. This has worked well in the past with a couple of other prints I’ve done.
I like the way they’re nice and matt, and they can fill a space without trying.
Here’s one I did when I went to New York a few years ago
So it was a matter of shipping it off to a printer… or more precisely, waiting for a printer to make a good offer.
For Canvas prints, I now-days ship the job to SnapMad or to Picanova. On this occasion, I chose Picanova because they were offering a silly price on a Canvas (their prices are pretty keen normally I should add).
The canvas size I went for was a bit larger than usual – 120 centimetres by 80 centimetres or 47.2 inches by 31.5 inches.
I didn’t realise how big that was when I pressed send.
But for £20 + £7.99 delivery I wasn’t arguing.
Eventually, it arrived in the office… and it went for a ride in the Aygo of Doom.
Eventually, it made it to the flat, and I put it up last Sunday.
And there were have it – an image released.
And for scale…
It’s something I’m going to make a point of doing from now onwards – photos deserve the chance to be let out and seen, rather than as dusty negatives or zeros and ones on a hard disk somewhere.
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