Ink Problems

Here three pictures of prints made with two different inks in my R2400 with CIS

Photo print with Pigment Ink CIS from seller 1 on Premium HP Glossy Paper

Same Photo printed with dye ink from selelr two, same setting and paper

Same print with Brightness setting at the maximum and Ink flow at 50%

As you can see, for to obtain an almost visible subject I have to turn all the controls for to reduce the flow of ink, and even in this situation the result is less than acepatable.

it looks like all the colours are faded to black, except the light cyan, that, still offer a decent sky colouration.

I am working with the seller of these inks for to try to understand what is happening here.

More details soon.

Sometime Commercial Photography is Necessary…

Like in this case, where I had to  take hundred of pictures of the Borucas Masks Collection I own, for to place them in a brand new Web site I start in these days : Borucas Ethnic Masks and Food, a place where we wil offer some mask for sale and some other for to be replicated,  and, of course something related to Food, as some very special ethnic Product that we are defining in the next months.

Some of the masks that are appearing, and will appear in future, are part of the selection that is exposed at Il Giardino Italian Restaurant in Puerto Jimenez.

he interesting part of this ” work” had been the creation of a ” studio” with the aim of soften the light and offer a full illumination of the Masks, avoiding, the most is possible the formation of heavy shadows.

Some more experience in the bag!!

Boruca Ethnic Mask thart is Part of the Il Giardino Italian Restaurant in Puerto Jimenez Private Collection

Boruca Ethnic Mask thart is Part of the Il Giardino Italian Restaurant in Puerto Jimenez Private Collection

More Black….More White….this is Photography

Two other pictures…again one Digital and one Film…one mamiya RZ67 with a 180mm lens, non filter at all , this time, again on Pan F 50, and one Nikon D300 with always-on 18-70mm….

Which one do you like more?

And why?

White rocks on the beach and black branches across the sky at Matapalo Beach, Puetto Jimenez,Osa Peninsula

White rocks on the beach and black branches across the sky at Matapalo Beach, Puetto Jimenez,Osa Peninsula

Two Small White Flowers on a dark background of leaves, at Puntarenitas Beach, Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula

Two Small White Flowers on a dark background of leaves, at Puntarenitas Beach, Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula

Comments are welcome.

Black & White with Film and Digital

In these days of Digitalization of all the aspects of our lives, it looks a little “retro” to work with Film in Photography.

And, the truth is: it is!!

I was born, Photographically talking, with a Zenit-E and B&W film that I was developing in my bathroom, screening the glass of the door with dark towels, and using the top of my mom washing machine as developing and printing desk, learning and fighting against technical and economical problems…..so, probably, now, close to the end of my life, when, finally, cameras as the Mamiya RZ67, and the wonderful lenses of this system, are available for pennies, substituted by the latest generation of Digital Cameras, and I could buy one full system, it is like a jump to the past with the tools that in those moments i thought would be mine in the future….

I substituted the Lupo enlarger with an Epson scanner, and the paper is not anymore developed in the trays, but the smell of the developer, bath stop and fixer, still fill my small wet darkroom during some hours, in the very deep night, a couple of times per month.

Crawling Grass photographated at dusk in a Puntarenitas Beach, Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Crawling Grass at Puntarenitas Three Belts of Light

The Picture above had been taken with my Mamiya RZ67, and a lens of 65mm F/4 , with the addition of a green filter, for to make lighter the light green of the crawling grass, and a graduated neutral filter for to reduce the light of the sky and make the clouds visible, and if you add the several measurements with the exposimeter, you will have an idea of the care and the thinking work behind this picture taken with the ancestral tools and methods I still like.

White rocks at matapalo beach, a well known Surfing spot at intenaltional level, Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

White Rocks and Foam at Matapalo Beach

This second picture had been taken with my Nikon D300 and the all-the-time-on, 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5, with no glass filters, on monochrome setting, is the result of a process very similar to the first Picture, but nothing had been done “on the field”, all the filtering and gradual reduction of the light of the sky, clearly out of the dynamic range of the sensor, had been done in front of the monitor, thanks to Lightroom program, that allowed me to modify the image I took on the beach, reproducing a similar light scheme present in the Film capture of the first one.

Final result is very similar, but the pleasure I proved taking, and processing these two images is much more in the Film  situation rather than in the Digital one.

Any comment is very welcome.

Designed by the Water, painted by the Sun

After studying tide charts i decided that last Thursday morning was quite good for to go to take some Photo  in the same beach where I took the ones I showed in the last Post.

this time the sun was more vertical, and the area of the picture that could be flooded with its light, was less, so I had to focus on smaller subjects for to have enough area with highlights.

the following ones are some of the Photo I took there, in a hurry, because the tide, this time, was not so low, and it started to rise before to reach the same level of the other time.

When I had the Photos on my screen, I decided to apply more exposure and I incremented the amount of blacks, obtaining a strong contrast and isolating the single elements, for this I worked the Photos in Lightroom.

Here I post some of the set I get, showing a more ” solar” approach to the same theme of the last Post.

Please comment and let me know what is your feeling about these Photography.

A kind of alien Womb designed by the filtering water on the sand of an Osa Peninsula Beach

A kind of Alien Womb designed by the filtering water on the sand of an Osa Peninsula Beach

A Blue Stone abandoned by the Tide on the Golden Sand of an OSa Peninsula Beach

A Blue Stone abandoned by the Tide on the Golden Sand of an OSa Peninsula Beach

A Earthlike stone is embedded in the sand where the filtering water engraved tree branches

A Earthlike stone is embedded in the sand where the filtering water engraved tree branche

A thin Branch helped the water to engrave the fine sand of the Platanres Beach, Osa Peninsula, Puerto Jimenez, Cost Rica

A thin Branch helped the water to engrave the fine sand of the Platanres Beach, Osa Peninsula, Puerto Jimenez, Cost Rica

All the Pictures of this Post, the previous one and the future ones are protected by Copyright .

Please send a request for to use them.

Art Is Everywhere, just look with Artistic Eyes

A normal Sunday afternoon, with the family  on a busy beach….what occasion for to do some interesting picture do you have in a situation like this ??

More than what I expected to have!!

I start shooting some family album of my daughter and her friend playing in the breaking waves with a body surf board, and after a couple of dozen of them, I turn my sight to the left and to the right looking for some interesting scenario, but the sun of the early afternoon, the too many people on the beach, maybe two dozens on two kilometres of sandy beach!!, were not helping at all, so I start looking on the sand exposed by the low tide and I walk in an area where the water table of the interior of the land, is filtering amongst the dense sand of the slope, eroding it in some point and around the stones abandoned there by the waves of the last tide.

Metallic surface of the water, around a stone
Metallic surface of the water, around a stone
So , playing with the reflex of the sun on the sand and the filtering water I took some interesting photography…here I show you some of them…..comments are welcome.
A solitary Stone designed the sand around it on an Osa Peninsula  Beach
A solitary Stone designed the sand around it on an Osa Peninsula Beach
Tree Landscape designed by the water filtering throught the sand  on a beach on the Osa Peninsula
Tree Landscape designed by the water filtering throught the sand on a beach on the Osa Peninsula
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