You better believe it. I’m printing that photo of Houston’s Liquor from my most recent on-location video. And I’m doing it big: 2-foot by 6-foot.
Oh, what’s that? You want to see how it’s made? I thought you’d never ask. Seriously. I thought no one would ever ask to see this. But hey, I’m doing it anyway. So I made a video showing the entire process from scan to print to frame to hanging it on the wall.
I started with a drum scan…but that didn’t work out too well. So I instead scanned the 6×17 negative (of Kodak Portra 160 film) on my Epson V750 scanner. Then I cleaned up the file and prepped it for printing before sending off to Pro Photo Connection in Irvine, CA to get a C-type wet-process print on Fujifilm Crystal Archive Pearl paper. They used a beast of a machine: a ZBE Chromira ProLab printer.
It came out so. damn. good. …if I may say so myself.
Then the print was mounted on 3/4 gator board and laminated with a luster lamination before heading off to Salamon Art in Fountain Valley, CA for framing where they wrapped it in a beautiful warm-gray float-frame.
With the print finished and hanging on the wall, it was time for me to enjoy a cold celebratory beer while I pontificate about the virtues of printing and why you should do it too. Because if I can’t pretentiously lecture to you about what you should be doing with your photography, why do this at all, you know?
But really, I hope you enjoyed watching this whole process of capturing, scanning, printing, framing and hanging this 6×17 film image on the wall. By the way, I created this photo on Kodak Portra 160 film using a Shen-Hao TFC 617-A panoramic camera. You can view the original on-location video where I created this photo here:
Printing (and film processing) by Pro Photo Connection in Irvine:
Framing by Salamon Art:
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