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  1. Rich

    Looks like you had a blast on your trip!! I bet it was good to get away for a short spell.

    So… tell me when you get the printer fired up! 😉

    • Jeff Fenske


      I’ve been showing the prints I made at the workshop to friends. It’s great to get their feedback and see their enthusiasm. Perhaps we could set up a time for you to see these in the meantime.

      I’m normally not so truth-shy, but when I read a few months ago that Epson came out with a new 24-inch printer, I thought, Oh well. They must have updated the 7900 quicker than I expected. I was kind of bummed.

      But in during the workshop, I decided to look further. Their new 24-inch is apparently an economy model, which has fewer ink cartridges and a smaller color gamut (range).

      Phew! I need all of the color gamut I can get. The 7900 is still state of the art!

      And just today, I discovered a way to get even more color gamut: In Search Of The Ultimate Inkjet Print.

      Most of my images printed vividly on the lower color gamut printers we had at Brooks, but a few didn’t. My goal is to get the colors to pop as much as possible. Imageprint 8 looks like it will be invaluable for the 7900 to be able to lay down enough color.

      John Paul Caponigro said he likes what I’m doing with color. I’m starting to realize the parallels between what I like when I’ve played music and what is important to me in photography.

      In music, I was much more interested in tone than most people. The way the guitar sounded was so important to me. I’d investigate ways to get it to sound as full as possible. Here, I’m doing the same thing with color. It reminds me of Seawind’s song, “Follow Your Road.” It feels so good to explore and relax in what is natural, not having to walk down another’s path. This is where life is!

      One of the guys sitting behind me in the class said he was grateful that he could sit behind me and see the photos displayed in my monitor.

      My goal is to inspire people. But good wine takes time and a lot of research and hard work. Thanks for waiting. It won’t be long now. March is four months away. I have a firm timetable now.

      God bless!

      Jeff : )

    • Jeff Fenske


      I looked up in my notes to check the contrast ratios that JP had discussed. He said that when printing an image onto paper, we are going from the computer screen which has a 10,000:1 contrast ratio to the print which is 100:1.

      It looks like monitors are more often at about 1,000:1, though — unless we calibrate them to a lower setting.

      Also, I discovered that Elizabeth Carmel, one of my favorite image creators, who we’ve discussed, uses the Imageprint software to make her prints.


    • Jeff Fenske

      Another follow-up to what I said,

      I found an answer to what happened to my yellows at the fine printing workshop. This is the color that I was disappointed with in some of my macro flower images.

      Michael Reichmann explains how two inks were added in my printer, the Epson 7900, to specifically solve this very problem:

      Epson Stylus Pro 7900 / 9900
      A Late, Great Review

      Ultrachrome HDR

      As mentioned, there are ten inks, including four separate blacks, and orange and green. The four blacks include a choice of Photo Black and Matte Black, depending on the type of paper used, and both of these carts are present at all times, living in eleven slots within the printer. The correct black ink is automatically chosen by the printer depending on the paper selection. No manual swapping is required and there is no appreciable ink loss when auto-switching.

      This new ink set is called Ultrachrome HDR and for the first time in an Epson Pro series printer Green and Orange inks are utilized. This actually allows these printers to exceed Adobe RGB in certain parts of the spectrum, by a not inconsiderable margin. Don’t interpret this to mean that the 7900 has a greater overall gamut volume than Adobe RGB, but as can be seen in the plot below there are substantial areas where the 7900 exceeds Adobe RGB

      Interestingly, the purpose of the new Green and Orange inks is primarily to improve these printer’s yellow capabilities. Green is a 50% / 50% mix of Blue and Yellow, while Orange is a 50% / 50% mix of Red and Yellow. By adding these two new colours Epson significantly increases the printer’s yellow response, and yellow, as many know, is a very difficult colour to reproduce because it is inherently very light.

      The Epson printers we used in the John Paul Caponigro workshop did not have these two additional, crucial-for-my-work inks.

      : )

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