Lynn Karlin featured at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery

NE client and photographer Lynn Karlin is featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast, ME. Lynn's beautiful still life studies are printed on either Velvet Fine Art or Hahnemuhle Photo Rag. Photographers Mary Woodman and Terry Hire are also included in the exhibition.

The exhibition extends from June 13th until July 14th, with an opening reception on June 20th from 5:30-8 pm. The Portland Press Herald also had an article about the show.

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Copyright Lynn Karlin. All Rights Reserved.

Maine Photography Show 2014

The annual and very popular Maine Photography Show opens up tonight in Boothbay Harbor. If past years are any indication, there will surely be many great photographs in the show (I believe 100 are exhibited total). I've lost count but I believe 7 or 8 NE clients are in the show, and I hesitate to list them here as I'm afraid I'm going to miss someone. So, I recommend going to see the show to see for yourself before it ends on May 2nd...

Fine Art Printing Presentation Thursday Night in Topsham

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Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday night, at 6:30 in Topsham, I’ll be giving a presentation at the First Light Camera Club in Topsham. I hope to see some of you there!

Here’s the press release:

TOPSHAM — First Light Camera Club will host Midcoast fine art photographer Jim Nickelson speaking about The Craft and Art of the Digital Fine Print Thursday, April 10, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Topsham Medical Building, 8 Horton Place.

Nickelson’s presentation will cover a wide variety of considerations when making fine art digital prints of work. Admission to the program is $10, free to FLCC members; membership costs $35 a year and can be purchased at the door.

Nickelson’s talk will focus on several aspects of digital printing including color calibration, paper choice, maximum print size and image preparation. Nickelson will present his philosophies on printing and offer an overview of the steps necessary to make prints match artistic intent. The program also will cover image editing and image interpretation to maximize the potential of final prints. Selecting a home printer and working with custom and online printers will also be covered.

“I consider the fine print to be the whole purpose of photography, even in a world where digital dissemination of images is becoming more and more prevalent,” said Nickelson, proprietor of Nickelson Editions in Camden, a fine art digital printmaking studio that provides custom fine art digital prints for scores of photographers and other artists.

Nickelson works as a full-time fine art photographer and educator specializing in square format landscape, nature and night photography. His photography has received numerous awards and has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries across the United States. His photographic work also resides in several corporate, public and private collections.

Founded in 1990, First Light Camera Club hosts meetings three times per month from September through May, as well as photographic workshops and field trips all year long. Programs include technical nights, image critiques, photo outings, mentoring and guest speakers. Future speakers will focus on Astrophotography, April 24; Digital Image Critiques, May 1; and Paul Cunningham, official photographer for the Freeport Fire Department and other nearby towns, May 8. For more information, visit firstlightcc.com; email info@firstlightcc.com; or call 729-6607.

Paper Review - Canson Platine Fiber Rag

Overview

"Waterscape Blue/Red #5", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

"Waterscape Blue/Red #5", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Paper choice is very subjective, but for me, Platine Fiber Rag (PFR) hits the sweet spot in so many ways, and it is my favorite of the luster/lustre-type papers. If you haven't yet tried it out, I certainly highly recommend doing so. There are other reviews of this paper out in the world - I'd recommend this one from the Luminous Landscape for more details and charts than this relatively short review and this one for details about printing B&W with this paper.

So, what is PFR? It is a fiber-based lustre paper with a 100% cotton rag paper base that uses no optical brightening agents (OBAs) to achieve its brightness. According to Canson (you can read the nitty gritty for yourself here), the paper base is from a cotton paper used for platinum printing with a suitable coating to receive inkjet inks applied on top of that base. It naturally has all the archival characteristics (e.g., acid-free, internally buffered, etc.) we have come to expect from modern, high-end inkjet papers. It is in the general class of lustre/luster papers that, on the Epson printers, use the Photo Black ink rather than the Matte Black ink and that also have a somewhat textured or stippled surface.

Okay, those are the basics, so what is like? PFR is one of my favorite papers when held in the hand. It is relatively thick (310 grams) and the cotton rag base gives it a 'fine art' feel. The stippled surface has a very nice look - it is just a little more stippled than competitors such as Ilford Gold Fiber Silk and Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique, and for much of my work I find the extra stippling to add a bit of pleasing sparkle to the final print.

One excellent characteristic of PFR is that, when printing off of rolls, it dries relatively flat and does not need additional flattening. There are some lovely papers with more curl than this one, and the last step of trying to flatten takes up valuable time and also introduces an opportunity for the print to be damaged so flat drying is a distinct advantage.

What about color and image quality? Wonderful. There are papers with more range in what they can show (such as its cousin Baryta Photographique), but it has enough range for almost any task. Perhaps the slightly less color range allows the paper to print with a bit more subtlety, but I've been happier with prints on this paper than anything else.

The paper is pretty neutral overall but I believe that the highlights are slightly warm. Certainly compared to papers such as Epson Exhibition Fiber with brighteners PFR will feel on the warm side, but its overall neutrality is one of its strengths. For many artists, the slight warmth in the highlights is a feature, not a bug -- for my own work that little bit of warmth adds to the overall experience of the paper.

Conclusion

One of the best papers for digital printing. My own subjective feeling is that this paper is the best overall current option for the lustre papers. It is 100% cotton, no OBAs, just a touch warm, great feel in the hand, easy to work with on rolls, has a very nice stippled surface, and great image quality. I definitely recommend trying it out to see if it is suitable for your own work and aesthetic.

Two New 2014 Printing Workshops at Maine Media

I have two new printing workshop scheduled for 2014 at Maine Media. (I posted about the first three a little while back). First up is another 2-day Introduction to Digital Printing on June 14th-15th, and I'll also be teaching my week-long The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print on September 28th-October 4th. You can find a listing of all my printing workshops (5 in all) on my Teaching page.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!

NE Artist Toni Lance Vertigo Exhibition

NE Artist Toni Lance has a new exhibition opening next week at the Walsh Metal Works Gallery in St. Croix on the Virgin Islands. The exhibition runs from Feb. 7th-March 8th, 2014, with an opening reception next Thursday, February 6th, from 5-8 pm.

Her striking new work includes both paintings and photographs, and we used Hahnemuhle Museum Etching for the photographs and reproductions in this exhibition. I wish I could see this show in person, for many reasons!

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Lynn Karlin exhibiting in "Eat" at Aarhus in Belfast

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Copyright Lynn Karlin. All Rights Reserved.

NE artist Lynn Karlin will be exhibiting her work, along with other area artists, and the always excellent Aarhus Gallery in Belfast in the upcoming show "Eat". The exhibition runs from Feb. 6th-March 2nd, 2014, with an opening reception next Friday, Feb. 7th, from 5-8 pm. Lynn's beautiful work is printed on both Epson Velvet Fine Art or Hahnemuhle Photo Rag.

About the show:

Eat. We all do it, multiple times a day. We spend a fair amount of our time on earth thinking about what to eat, when to eat and where to eat. There is no better time than winter in Maine, when everything is frozen, to cook up some comfort food for the proverbial heart and soul. Åarhus has gathered together a casserole of artists from the midcoast to mull over their thoughts and ruminations, and spit it out in a variety of media for a show entitled, EAT. So stroll in to Åarhus Gallery for a little taste of Eat, it just might give you something to chew on.

Three New Printing Workshops at Maine Media

I will be teaching three weekend printing workshops at Maine Media Workshops this winter. I’m teaching a 2-day Introduction to Digital Printing workshop on March 15th-16th and a second time on April 26th-27th. I’m also teaching a 2-day Advanced Digital Printing workshop on April 5th-6th. I’m happy to answer any questions about either of the courses, and if you’d like to sign up, please click the links and go to the Maine Media Workshops site and follow the steps there. You can find all of my upcoming workshops here.

Here is the course description for the Introduction to Digital Printing workshop:

Bring your digital images to print form in this informative 2-day introductory workshop.

Learn techniques essential for generating high quality digital prints by exploring the relationship between image processing software like Adobe Lightroom and your printer. This course covers the basics of digital color and black & white printing, how to process images for print, common problems digital photographers encounter and how to develop a cohesive personal workflow for consistent output. Students generate and print images on a luster papers using Epson or Canon printers. Instruction includes lectures, demonstrations, critiques and hands-on exercises.

And here is the course description for the Advanced Digital Printing workshop:

Advance your printmaking in this intensive 2-day workshop.Students who have made the leap into digital printmaking may have learned the basics, but if you are striving to advance yourself, this workshop is for you. Students are exposed to use and evaluate the latest Epson printers, ink, papers, and profiles. An integrated approach to using Adobe products like Photoshop and Lightroom will all be detailed and practiced. This intense 2-day workshop goes deeper into fine-art printmaking and explains the tools needed to understand how it differs from making a basic print. Through direct classroom demonstration, critiques, and lectures, students learn a variety of techniques and tools that will help improve and refine both their digital files and print output. Participants leave with finished prints and the knowledge needed to get the results they are looking for. Also, students leave with a vastly expanded set of possibilities for making images.