There was a special treat in my inbox recently. Breathing Color has announced a contest for their customers (you can check it out on their blog). You get to submit 1 print, 12×18″, on one of the “newest” papers. Vibrance Rag.
Well, it just so happened that I was on the phone the other day with my rep Stephen regarding an order and he mentioned the contest, and that one would need to use Vibrance Rag to enter. Of course I ordered a sample roll on the spot (good sales work Stephen). That roll arrived yesterday. And this morning I added Vibrance Rag to the IPF8300. Color profiling done too!
I ran one of my favorite prints on the Vibrance this morning……..
Vibrance Rag will now be carried by RL Charpentier Photography. In particular I think Chris Marzonie will dig this rag even more than he did with Allure. And Chris really loved the Allure Rag. But Vibrance goes way beyond the Allure! This is a satin quality paper, the texture is very interesting and adds to dramatic landscapes in a big way, and like many of their other papers another 100% Cotton product. They’re currently working on archival certification as well. Put simply, very impressed.
Why oh why do vendors torture me with new cooler products? Just asking………
So, what’s the contest about? Well, it’s to help showcase Vibrance Rag of course. And it will help showcase whoever wins it as well. Honestly, I want to win it! Usually I don’t do contests, but this one is of interest. It’s being run by my favorite vendor. And it’s using a new material that pops. Seriously, I’ve made two prints with my test roll now and I’m trying to stop myself from making more. Well, until I pick the submission image that is!
Here’s where I’m hung up. I’ve got some personal favorites. The first image in this post is the image I’ve already printed on Vibrance and it ROCKS! The images afterward are the ones I’m considering. Here’s where I need readers’ help. I don’t know what to pick. All over the map. Remember, I really want to win!
There you have it. 6 images in mind. I’d love some feedback and input. And if I left something out (like the Grand Canyon Monsoon, or the shot from the North Rim at Saddle Mtn) feel free to suggest away. I’ve never been a contest kind of a guy, but this one is actually important to me on several levels. Therefore, I must pick wisely!
Finally, while I’m wowed with Breathing Color’s Vibrance Rag, I am still waiting for them to get their metallic they teased me with the other month to market……. Just sayin’.