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Picture the Poster…

When I was in Boston I took both a digital and a 35mm version of this photograph. I really liked how it came out, and I wanted to test the poster capabilites of my local photo lab, so I ordered a 16×20″ and the 20×30″ print of it, both made from the 35mm negative. Yes, two sizes of the same photo – I wanted to make sure I could accurately compare the quality of the print, and I had to use the same print for both. I’ll hang one in my dining room I think and one over my desk at work because they both came out GREAT. Yes, the 20×30″ has a slight grain effect to it, but it is very slight. So slight that you would only notice it (I think) if you were looking for it closely. I’ll be taking them to the office to let the graphic designers inspect them tomorrow – that way I’ll get an opinion that is a little less biased then mine.

When I picked the posters up I also picked up my roll of film that was in my car when it flooded last summer. Yes, the camera was on the floorboard, so it flooded too. I couldn’t find anyone to safely pull the film for me, and I ended up putting the camera away and forgetting about it. When I came across it this weekend I took it in to the closet and opened the back of the camera and manually wound up the film. (The camera rewind wasn’t working.) The pictures came out with a rather interesting “surreal” effect to them. Some have crystal or two on the image. They were beach photos of Jason, and some would have been good if they hadn’t been through the flood. Some of them end up being sort of artistic in a way. I will see if I can scan them in to give you a sense of the effect.

I also dropped off some of my negatives from Europe. Photographs of Venice, Rome, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Germany… photos that were otherwise lost. I’m glad I finally found those negatives. Cis brought up a good point in my comments that I thought about after I finally found the negatives – maybe I should put them in a safety deposit box. Yes, to me photographs are priceless, and I would hate to lose any of them.

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

8 replies on “Picture the Poster…”

Great photo. The flooded camera reminds me of a story from Wired a few months ago – a guy knocked his digital camera into a pond and got a “magic camera.” Very interesting read 🙂 Hrm, I just noticed the date … now I’m wondering if the story is true! 😀

Ok, now I have to go back through all your Boston photos more carefully. I swear I looked at them all, but I missed this one. It’s really nice. I bet the large size almost looks like seeing out a real window.

Now, I didn’t understand, did you blow up the print image or the digital image or both at each size?

Did you see the photo I put up of my friends in Mammoth Cave. They told me it was the best picture from the whole day on their camera. Took me two seconds to take, I just pointed and clicked. Made me soo proud, cannot tell you! I know you’re going to be on cloud nine after those designers get done oohing and ahhing over that photo. It’s great.

Oops! Sorry about the confusion there… I had two posters made of the 35mm version of the print so I could compare the quality them. My digital camera is only a 1.3 megapixel, so I don’t think a poster size print from it would come out very clear.

I edited the post so that it would make sense what I made a poster of – oops! 😉

Christine, I too treasure my photographs, so much so I have them all catalogued and boxed and stored in a closet that is lead-lined… er, I should point out I now live in a converted dentists office. He had his X-ray machine in what is now my clothes closet! Great eh?

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