I do not very often print my photos. Even if I like something we have nowhere left to hang pictures. However I wanted to see the first batch of holiday snaps on paper, just to get a feel for which might be candidates for a larger print. So I toddled off to Fotomax and had 70+ postcard sized prints done. I was pleasantly surprised that most were acceptable and gave me a very good feel for where I need to improve. I see things on a print, even a small print, that I don’t see on a screen.
If you remember ‘The Face’, well it looks good as a print and it is on my list of candidates for a bigger print. So is this:
This stone carving looks surprisingly good as a print:
I am becoming ‘braver’ with light. Most of this is very dark with just a hint of detail and in the past I would probably never even have taken this shot.
I am boastful enough to think that a few could well be sold as postcards or even prints in their own right. I don’t think I have ever felt that before. It is a slightly uncomfortable feeling of satisfaction tinged with frustration at what might have been.
I learned that some of my images are too dark and I need to process them better – none is too light so I am evidently tending to under expose / process. It teaches me that there are multiple ways to process the same shot, not just colour or black and white. I must print more often. That then takes me back to challenge of what to do with all the prints. For now my priority is to try and find the Stejneger’s Stonechat that was in the garden a few minutes ago. Only my second record for the site. If I do find it and post a picture I shall add the tag “Venice” as on recent track record it seems that doing so doubles my visitors for the day. So just to keep us honest, here is another Venetian scene, which is, I understand, The Bridge of the Two Swords.
As ever, all shots taken with the Fujifilm X-T1.