Hollyhock ..

.. in France.

19 thoughts on “Hollyhock ..

  1. This really is lovely. Not only the flower but also the treatment of the building reminds me of the hollyhocks growing alongside my grandparents’ home. I’ve always liked Henry Ward Beecher’s comment about the flower: “Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest, and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.” I’d say you’ve captured that “plain, honest, and upright” countenance perfectly.

    • Thanks so much Linda. Beecher surely new plants – well. You know, Joanna and I go back-and-forth about whether cats have expression. I say they don’t … she argues that they do. She is convinced that she can see the range of emotion, expressed in their faces. Perhaps I am simply not nearly that cat person that she is.

    • A bit of extra ‘David,’ hmm, is that good or bad? The painterly effect isn’t from HDR or tonemapping (which is often how my images render that way) … no, this time it came from the experimental use of a bit of ‘grain’ from Lightroom. I’m glad you approve. Also … I asked about how you print images for framing … I think you once said you do them yourself (?) or do you have a local (or not so local) source for high quality prints?

      • Yes, I do my own. I can print up to 17″x 22″ and a manually fed piece of roll paper 17″ x @35″. Anything larger I would use a local printing shop but haven’t had occasion to do that in a while. With a 3″ double mat border that makes a frame about 22″ x 27″. I mentioned double matting…I use the same mat board with the second opening about 3/4″ larger all around for signing the mat. I am thinking of changing that to a large opening and smaller print with a paper border so I am actually signing the print rather than the mat. A work in process.

          • I had been using an Epson 3800 which finally started to malfunction earlier this year … unfortunately just after purchasing a new set of inks. I replaced it with an Epson SureColor P800 which at that time had a $350 rebate. I am told it is in the mail. So far I like it. I have a Logan Mat Cutter which makes cutting them easy. I mount the prints with 3M Positionable Mounting Adhesive that is applied by pressure and have a Schild P35 Applicator (pressure roller) for that although one could just use a hand roller. I mount on foamcore before applying the mat which I do with a Scotch tape gun. I frame with black metal frames that I have been getting online from Frame Destination using standard glass glazing.

                • That is a significant investment (machine, paper, and ink). I know that the answer to my final question (I promise) all depends on print sizes and frequency of printing … but, in your experience, how often did you change over the set of cartridges in your old machine (I realize you probably did them one-by-one, as they emptied – I’m looking for a ball park figure) – once a year … once every two years?

                  • I can’t give a good answer as my printing is fits and starts. I go through periods when I do a lot and then large lapses in activity. Often it is in response to an exhibit….to Mary Beth’s frustration I always want to hang mostly new pieces which means framing expense…or the occasional sale. I am now doing some as the store where I work needs to have my display updated and I will be having some bagged matted prints for sale as well. Success is highly in question but we’ll see. Until I got the new set for the old 3800, I was using inks that were quite beyond the recommended use date. None of those prints have faded or shifted color so, while probably a good recommendation, I think suggested times for ink disposal are a sales tool. Yes, I do replace them piecemeal as some colors, such as Photo Black, are used up more quickly than others. I only replaced the Ink Maintenance Tank twice in ten years but that is a cheap item anyway compared to $45/ink cartridge.

                    • Last one … I promise … given the expense of printing-your-own, and the episodic nature of having to generate museum-quality-prints, have you ever thought of simply having prints done-up by one-or-another service? Are there good quality services out there that can produce really nice stuff … good enough for show/sale? If so … who? Or … if you haven’t … how might one go about finding a reliable/good quality service?

                    • Back in the early 2000’s, Kodak destroyed a roll I shot at Acadia. They gave me another roll as compensation. At that moment I decided to go digital and have all the control. So that included doing my own printing once I got the hang of Photoshop.Initially it is more expensive than just hiring out the work, but once you have the optimized print file it becomes less expensive as the results are perfectly repeatable without further work, aside from resizing as needed.

                      As mentioned earlier, I do have a local printer I would use if needed. I’ve only had occasion a couple of times but was not disappointed. I have a friend in Millinocket, Maine who takes on printing jobs for others and might use his services next time it is necessary. He does digital paper prints along with canvas wraps too. To find others I’d search Google and read the reviews from people. Also, if you are still on Facebook and know a bunch of photographers there, you could ask for recommendations.At one time Mark (my friend in Maine) and I thought about farming out our printing early on. We ordered a small 8×10 as a sample. That’s an inexpensive way of judging. I have my website with the offer of prints and Fine Art America offers them as well. I am not thrilled with the work but the folks who have made purchases seemed happy enough. FAA membership is free for the first 20 uploaded images. Their annual fee of $30 for unlimited uploads is pretty reasonable but it’s not easy to develop a following. Most of my sales there were the result of my sending interested people who liked something on Facebook or my blog.

    • Holyhock House doesn’t look to be my style – it looks too much like a museum (well … it is a museum these days … isn’t it). Thanks for the thumbs up on the coloring – I liked the original image but there was something lacking in its coloration – so I took that as a bit of a hint.

  2. This has a fresh, modern look! Gray is very in these days, so you are clearly keeping up with the times!

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