JAMES CRAIG PHOTOGRAPHY

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Children Swimming Hanga Roa O Tai II

Monday, April 10, 2017

Plus:  Island folio conversion finished – includes this additional Image, by request. Even though I have thousands of exposures I was thinking that 150 B&W images was enough. But this one isn't "my" fault. Nan was looking over my shoulder and jumped at it saying that she always liked it better than the one that I did. I explained to her that I had selected to do the original Children Swimming Hanga Roa O Tai (below) instead of this one because of a couple of rather demanding complications. She immediately challenged me to "fix them". Since I couldn't deny that "if I could" it would make for a cool image, I decided to give it a try. 

The boat in the front sported a very large, raised moter that blocked parts of the image above it and completely ruined the shot – the kind of thing the brain dismisses but the camera can't. Even worse, there was, behind the kid on the ropes, another youth with just one shoulder sticking out into view and the black haired top of his head seeming to double the size of the top of kid number one.

It turns out she was right, I could do it, at the cost of about six grueling hours work.

Check out both images for enlarged view in the Island folio section.

The new one is on Page 7, the one just above here on Page 1.

These are both the type of images meant to be viewed as large prints, with multiple points of focus, that one can stand before and imagine viewing the action. They were taken on different days/different years.

It's not that there definitely won't be more additions to the folio, I do have plenty of space on the last page in the series. But with the completion of the conversion to the the new folio system, I consider the Easter Island Project, after a decade of work, officially "complete" and am moving on.

Will we be go back to the Island? Hopefully. We know a lot of people there and stay in contact with them. The biggest barrier is the fact that the trip itself is such a rough one. Flying is getting to be even more of a challenge, plane seating is getting more jammed and uncomfortable, and it still takes over 24 hours in three flights to get there or back – with about a 50% record of a missed flight and all the resultant complications. All in all simply not worth doing unless you can stay for a couple of months or more.

About the new folio system…

Instead of 150 (now 151) separate pages for the images, the thumbs on folio index pages now open to larger, better presented images. They even open as a slide show – with a pause button for manual switching. Notice I changed my mind on the opening-as-a-slide-show bit. It can always be turned off and keeps you from having to click on the arrow for each change.

The issue that caused me the most pause in the set-up in this was the almost-black background. Not that it bothers me all that much, but images with large dark areas to one of the edges seemed to want to continue into the background. I tried a white border – yuck. After a number of tests I settled on a 2-pixel line darkened all the way to almost-almost-black, only one notch down. Surprisingly it's enough to indicate a separation when needed.

Next up is the Harford County area Folio – already begun and I'm hoping to announce it finished next Monday. Then onto the next folio, etc. All of this is to not only improve the way the images are shown, it greatly streamlines the site from this end.

I wanna be done with this by mid May, in spite of Spring and the pick up in things to do and things to shoot. Now back to my Camera how-to book……

But Some of the New Posted Images Look Different…

I've already seen this observation and it's accurate. I think all of the images look closer to the actual print this way, but that's not the complete story. Every printing from a B&W negative or print file will be different – as the artist and his vision evolves. One cannot resist a little tweaking here and there – on occasion a major "improvement". Just as each time a painter paints a particular vase in his or her studio they will see it differently, every time I go to print – or prepare a new print file – I will see it needing something more, a little less, etc. Each print is an original work (unlike color photography and even some B&W where each print is merely a commercially generated copy, more akin to prints of paintings) – and the on-line representations simply reflect my most recent interpretation.

That being said, it has been a good while since I have visited print files from my negative years – including many of the Harford County images. I've surprised myself, a couple of times shocked myself, with how differently I now interpret some of these. Many of course are exactly the same. Because once I change my view I've essentially abandoned my older perception, I am always open to replacing any previous printing with an updated version (using same matting, frame, glass, etc.). I've only ever been taken up on this once, but am always very happy to oblige.