Back in the Studio

I am done with my long journey out to the northern Rockies and am now back in Maine. I'm slowly catching up on things as I get back up to speed (losing power for two days didn't help!), so if you are still waiting on a response for me, let me know!

It will take a long time to go through all of my photographs, but it was a wonderful trip. 9000 miles of driving, nine national parks (5 in the U.S., 4 in Canada), about 15 snowstorms of various intensities, and approximately 5500 photographs.

Upcoming closings

Untitled #28, East of the Sun, West of the Moon project, Copyright Jim Nickelson

Untitled #28, East of the Sun, West of the Moon project, Copyright Jim Nickelson

I'll be away from my studio the weeks of March 19th and April 16th. In both cases I'll still have e-mail access so please feel free to contact me with any printing questions or requests. I'll be back in my studio from this first trip on March 26th.

Your Favorite Photographs of 2017

Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Each year on my 56x56 blog I send out a call to readers for their favorite photograph they took or created in 2017 (you can see the list from 2016 here and from 2015 here). Soon I’ll do a new post for 2017 and include any submitted photographs (along with a link if you’d like). I always love to see what everyone has come up with over the year. So send along your favorite photo (email: if you’d like to be part of this fun project…

There's a new printer in town...

My gaggle of large format printers (P9000 on the left, 2 9900's on the right)

My gaggle of large format printers (P9000 on the left, 2 9900's on the right)

Well, after four years of heavy use, my primary Epson 9900 printer seems to have given up with a head failure. I'm still working on trying to fix it, but the problem was sufficiently bad that I've added a new printer to the stable, the new Epson P9000.

Besides the roll holder cover at the top being black, it is pretty similar physically to its predecessor, and I've started testing now to see if Epson's claims about improved performance and reliability are evident. So far, so good. As for the two partially broken 9900's, I have not yet decided their fate -- they may go back into service as Piezography printers or they may retire gracefully.

Upcoming Time Away

I'll be on a family trip later this month and will be out from Tuesday, June 20th until Monday, July 3rd. If you need anything before that timeframe please let me know as soon as possible, and otherwise I can help out once I return in July. I will have email access while I'm away, too, if you'd like to contact me.

2017 Workshop with Maine Media Workshops

I'm pleased to announce a week-long workshop of my popular The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print course in August. The workshop, offered through Maine Media Workshops, runs from August 20th-26th, 2017.  You can sign up at the Maine Media site, and the course description is below. Please let me know if you have any questions!

The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print
In this course, students learn a workflow for creating fine digital prints. The workflow includes digital capture, establishing an artistic intent, digital processing in Adobe Photoshop and/or Lightroom, printing on an inkjet printer, and handling the finished print. Digital processing and printing topics include maximizing image quality at capture, color management, sharpening and noise reduction, black & white printing, proofing, matching screen and print, and making local and global edits to color and tonality. Throughout the course, we will work through images as a class by making a print, evaluating the print, make modifications, to ultimately produce a final print.
We also discuss the qualities and characteristics of a fine print, many of the plethora of options for inks and papers available to today’s printers, and how best to produce a print to realize an artistic vision, including choosing the best paper for a particular project.
Students have the opportunity to examine the challenges of printing on a large scale and to learn a wide range of techniques for maximizing overall print quality and for creating and handling large prints.

Sample Packs

I recently added to my list of print services sample packs for paper - the description is below, and please contact me if you'd like a list of papers or if you have any questions.

I now offer sample prints using your choice of in-stock papers using your own image. Simply send me your image (please contact me for my dropbox link if so desired) and I'll print your image on your choice of any three of my papers for $40.00 (plus shipping and tax as necessary). This is a perfect way to find out what type of paper might work best for your image.