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FINISHING FIRST

May 4, 2020

In the process of reviewing my Easter Island exposures in relation to the "Moments" book file I am working on (see note below on that), I began stumbling on exposures that were not what I was looking for at the time, my focus being on the books and related exhibition prints, but that I would now see differently. My perspective and interests have evolved and I'm kind of excited to be discovering work I did for this project that I'm anxious to work up now. So, as I procede I'll be setting these aside for special attention and posting here on the blog – after all, they are "new work" (as I refrain from posting more entries into the "Moments" file).

New Easter Island images they will be added into my Easter Island Folio section. Print files are also being created – the print file comes first, then the internet file. These will be predominantly people shots, and I have no idea how many there will be. I hope some others fined them as interesting as I do.

This is a short posting, with but one image, but includes a couple of updates below. The image above, taken during Tapati Rapanui 2007, is of the first finisher in an ocean swimming competition just coming out of the water, declaring victory. It might have been more interesting if there were others just behind him, but as you can see, he was pretty far in the lead. The brutal sun and angle of the shot gives the image something of an unreal effect, almost as if he was pasted into the image – it’s all natural. I was just above the very small beach on some rocks looking down, hence the slight top to bottom wide-angle effect. For best viewing go to the Easter Island Folio/Page7 and click on the thumbnail…

One plus here is that I should be able to continue with regular postings – albeit still shy on the local coverage I would prefer to be doing right now.


The Strange Case of Rogue Swan – Update

I took a break from working on the new Easter Island Moments project to put together a print version, for Nan, of the The Strange Case of Rogue Swan mini-project. It's enough different from the eBook version to have me considering making some revisions there, not sure. Anyway, the book is ready to send to the printer – and there's the problem. At 10x10, hard-bound, and 114 pages it will be a tad expensive (especially for one or two), and at the same time it has the complication of being B&W photography (demanding to get right).

The normal level digital book printers out there are priced pretty evenly, maybe about $160 for this one. But then they all have sales regularly and if you wait a month or two, you can fall into a 50% off deal – I do it that way all the time. MixBook is my pick for these. BUT their B&W reproduction is NOT at all consistent as to exposure or color. OK, it sucks – as with all of the others. Acceptable for color (just ok) but not at all acceptable for B&W.

Then there are the higher priced outfits, BayPhoto my choice for individual books. The quality is phenomenal and they manage to do OK on the B&W – a tad dark but consistent and at least the color shift is slight and consistent. To get this improvement you have to pay almost double. This volume comes in at a whopping $275, for just one. And they offer far fewer discounts – I may be waiting a good while here. If I can get it for one dime under 200, I'm ordering.

p.s. I'm anxious to try another printer I have in mind when I can. Because they have a minimum of 25 books per order, they can give every order the attention and quality control it demands. They can also keep the price down a little while keeping the quality up. Of course this would require preselling two dozen books, at cost of course – somewhere under $50 each, but ending up with something worth having.


Easter Island Project Moments 2006-2016 (at least that's what I'm calling it at this point) – Update

I'm back at is, creating the entries in the eBook file. As mentioned above, I've had second thoughts about making blog postings of these entries. Too far out of relevancy. This thing will take a while, and be ongoing for between eight months and a year. By this time next year we’ll know what will become of this effort.