When I’m satisfied with a business or with a merchant, I will use them again for future projects.
Case in point. Although my local print lab, McGreevy ProLab, does the lion’s share of my artistic prints, they do not have the facilities available for printing my photos on metal substrates.
This is where I call in my OTHER print shop, ArtBeat Studios in Anaheim, California. They printed my infrared art piece Infrared Horizon 787, and the finished product looked fantastic.
Oh yeah, and it sold for a nice price at an art show in Albany earlier this year.
So here’s the thing. When you have what you feel is an amazing photo, and you’ve already entered it in the “short pile” for Competition Season 2019, you don’t just sit around and wait until drop-off day to get the picture ready.
So this morning … crack of dawn … I went through my shots for Competition Season 2019. And lo and behold … there it is. Halfmoon Rainbow. My once-in-a-lifetime shot of a post-storm rainbow as it intersected with the Half Moon weather vane atop the SUNY Administration Building. The photo that got five gazillion likes on a Facebook “Looking Good, Albany!” group. Hey, five gazillion likes can’t be wrong …
Now a few things are in order. As striking as this picture is, there’s some elements that must be culled from the final image. Specifically, that brick building between the tower and my shooting location. And trust me, no photographer worth his or her salt would ever enter a picture with a distracting foreground into competition.
Okay, yeah, I did just that in 2011, but I’ve grown as a photographer since then. I’m allowed to build on my mistakes.
So I cropped the picture so that all you see is the tower and the rainbow and the storm clouds behind it.
And it now looks like this.
Yeah. Smooth. Amazing what kind of quality you can get from a BlackBerry camera phone.
I calculated the dimensions for this picture – 18 by 28. That would make for an awesome art piece.
I uploaded the photo to ArtBeat Studios, along with payment for a metal print and a backing mount.
The picture will most likely arrive in January, which is fine by me. I don’t really need to worry about displaying it until August. You know … at some fairgrounds five miles off U.S. Route 20.
And then after that, maybe another display place… some location that’s BUILT for displaying artwork like this…
if you catch my drift. 😉