Catching up with R.L. Charpentier Photography

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Oh, what a week!  It’s been an amazing and fast paced week to be sure, and the blog has suffered for it.  You’ve got to prioritize though, and the priority over the past few weeks is the business of course.  It’s what I do!

Working up some crazy composites

Well, for two weeks now I’ve scoured the web for components that I need for 2 different image series.  Two different bands asked for some interesting images and I said yes to both.  These projects are beyond fun, and I can wait to share the final work when completed.  I think it will be a few more weeks before you’ll see the final products, but keep checking back in!

The Yavapai Courthouse will be used for one of the composites!

We do canvas all day long!

3 weeks now of canvas printing every day.  Seriously, I’ve been running canvas non-stop for 3 weeks.  It’s been amazing!

In the past two weeks 3 clients have helped me wipe out 2 entire 44″ wide rolls of Chromata, and 1 36″ roll.  I’ve also been working down another 24″ roll.  More than 60,000 square inches of canvas has been run in a two week period.  Put another way?  More than 413 square feet of canvas!

Breathing color will be getting another order next week!

Testing Canvas on the Canon IPF 8300

I finally got around to testing out Chromata on the IPF 8300.  Took me long enough to get around to it!

Using my new profiling system that I learned from Paul over at Breathing Color (thanks Paul) the canvas is pretty well dialed in.  The one thing I’ve noticed on 4 test prints is the 8300 seems to want to go a touch darker than the Z3100.  So, when running canvas on the Canon I’ve got to punch it up just a touch.  Now, to the average client here I don’t think the difference would be noticeable, but to me it is apparent.

Always get it right……that’s what I aspire to do.  So, a few more tests will be run and I’ll get a new canvas workflow for the 8300!

By the way….beyond this small little hurdle the Canon IPF8300 is performing wonderfully.  It’s the fastest printer I’ve ever run.  Doing 3 24×28″ canvases took under an hour.  Doing that on the Z3100 would have taken several hours!  Time savings alone will be substantial.

Up to my eyeballs

That’s how I’ve been feeling.  Up to my eyeballs in work.  I think I should make some kind of image to portray that, but I don’t have the time.  I’ve got a funny photo idea, but it will have to wait a week or two more.

I can’t begin to tell you how much fun it is to be super busy.  Type A personality here, and slow days are painful.  Days when I don’t know if I’m coming or going are a joy!  So, I’ve been very happy the past few weeks.

What would be wonderfully helpful at this point is an assistant.  I’ve been trying to figure out how to go about finding an intern.  Of course, I’ll need to make the time to look into it.  Anybody want to intern here with me?  Drop a note.

How long did it take to write this post?

Well, I started it around 9 a.m.  Then I had several print clients show up.  After that, Casey Fritz stopped in to talk about his upcoming show.  Another print client came in right as Casey left….then I had to leave the gallery to do a very special photo shoot over at the Elks Theatre.  After returning I had to run to The Frame and I, then the Art Store.  Finally back in the gallery I started sorting through 106 images that I shot at the Elks, and several clients stopped in to pick up their canvases.

So….the blog post finally got wrapped up at 4:40 p.m.  Here’s hoping it made sense!  🙂

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