I have two photography pro shops that I swear by. McGreevy Pro Lab in Albany has been a godsend. They have printed some of my biggest award winning photographs and artworks, they’ve put up with my custom requests for Dream Window inserts, they’ll develop all sorts of exotic film for me – no, really, they expect that if I bring in film, it’s either loose in the black canister or it’s five days older than dirt – and they’ve never let me down. Not once.
Although McGreevy can print a multitude of materials for me, there’s two substrates that they haven’t been able to print on yet – that’s on acrylic and on metal. For that, I use a California-based company called ArtBeat Studios. They’ve printed several acrylic and metallic artworks for me over the years, and those artworks have graced gallery walls and auction sites.
So here’s what’s happening.
After working on what would be my third and final entry for the 2020 Historic Albany Foundation BUILT charitable auction, I discovered that no matter how fast or how hard I work on this, it won’t be done in time for the art show. Nuts. The ONE thing that’s still happening in my life, and now I might miss a deadline.
There are no problems. There are only solutions. So sayeth John Lennon.
Okay, let’s address this. I have several other photos available, certainly I can pull something out of my archive. Let me check my external hard drive …
Oh, yeah. Forgot. External hard drive – and 10 years of photos – is still dead.
Nuts. And I wanted so bad to use something like my Jericho time-slice photo. I have a low-resolution copy that I could print out if necessary … but that photo had lots of sensor dust on it, and putting a photo with that much sensor dust, although a decent possibility, would just be a “just good enough” solution.
Do not settle for “just good enough.” So sayeth Bonnie Diefendorf.
But I have an idea. Is it possible … albeit unlikely … I went through my camera’s SD card. I’m not anticipating any success here, after I transfer my raw Nikon NEF files to my computer, I usually wipe the SD card for future use.
Oh, look. There’s a directory file on the SD card.
2020-05-26 Jericho Sign
Wow. I must have forgotten to wipe the SD card. The untouched raw .NEF files are still here.
Okay, Chuck. Time to finish your breakfast. So sayeth John Strickland.
I transferred the files to the computer. Oh, and I burned a copy of the raw files to a DVD. New procedure, don’tcha know.
I then re-created my original Jericho timeslice photo, and this time I made damn sure to remove any dots and dust particles. I need no dust bunnies in my life.
Here’s what came out.
Much better. Now I feel that this artwork is screaming for a metallic print. So last Sunday, I contacted ArtBeat Studios and shipped them this image. I asked for a metallic print with a wire hanger. I also asked them to make sure to let me know if there’s any delays in shipping, just because I know the post office has been Trump-i-fied, and I don’t need that Orange Goblin or his henchmen screwing with my life.
All right, ArtBeat Studios, you’re up to bat.
Help me get this sign to BUILT on time.