Little bits of History
for DECEMBER 1983
refresh your memory, Gerhard Bakker probably has more merits
than any other living American Photographer, has for three decades
been an instructor and Dean of Winona School of Photography
and is a recognized authority on art appreciation, composition
critiques of the P.P. of A. loan collection are legendary and
is probably the best authority on judging with the merit system
that there is alive today.
(Chromatek) offered Gerhard to the Association at No Charge,
to lecture to the judges prior to them judging and also for
him and Bob Haig who has been Chairman of Judging many times.... to view the judging and comment to James directly, as
to if and when and where in their opinion, help was required.
thanked me very much for both of these offers but they were
declined as the N.Z.P.P.A. does not need this sort of help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IS A TRANS-PROOF
assume you know nothing about it and explain what a transproof
transproof is a 35mm transparency that has been made off your
120 colour negative and any of these three sizes, 2 1/14 square,
16 on, or 10 on.
basically prints almost all of the negative, there is a little
bit of bleed off with these and seeing the image is so jolly
small in the 35mm, we work to as fine tolerances as we can.
purpose of transproofs are to show them to your customer in
place of ordinary 5 x 14 or premier proofs. With transproofs you will be able to project them through
a 35mm projector onto a screen and you will have real crisp
beautiful images from which you can sell. It will also mean, unless you order a set of proofs as
well, that you will have to take the orders in the studio, as
you will be unable to let your customers take them home. So it may not work on every sitting.
presentation that Jack Peterson put on, (Who was brought into
NZ to introduce this form of selling) showed how he sold weddings
and it looked like it went extremely well.
those of you that make a feature of selling your previews, you
should not sell your transproofs, as they will be able to take
them to a chemist and have prints made from them. However, there is nothing to stop you ordering an extra
set of 5 x 14 prints at the time you place your customers order
and sell them those.
should find the results from transproofs, if you work them properly,
so much better than showing from 5 x 14's and projecting through
the Paxicope, that you could have a problem knowing what to
do with all your money....
ON PRINTS... WHEN YOU MOUNT THEM
appears to be a problem that is associated with non-vacuum mounting
presses and the time that is required to mount these prints.
to Peter Clarke, who has a 20 x 30 seal press with the vacuum
plate fitted, he tells me that prior to fitting the vacuum plate
he used to get a lot of reject prints because of stains etc
appearing on the surface of the print. However, since fitting
the vacuum attachment, he has not had this at all yet, so he
associates this to be a problem created by the heat and the
length of time that the print is under the press.
of course, say that once you place anything on the print or
the print on anything, their responsibility has ended. Ours is a little bit more realistic, in so much that
if we have done anything wrong in the processing of the print
then of course that's our problem.
does appear these colour changes, spots and all of these other
bits and pieces which happen during mounting or texturizing,
is a problem concerned with mounting and not with the processing.
does appear with a vacuum press, that it does pull all the moisture
in and around the print, so that the steam that would normally
be generated from moisture is no longer trapped in and around
the print, but extracted out into the atmosphere via the vacuum
press. These are
all theories and until we rind something more positive, is unfortunately
the only thing that we can work with.
"Stupid People should wear signs"
Stupid people should have to wear signs that just say, "I'm
Stupid." That way you wouldn't rely on them, would you? You
wouldn't ask them anything. It would be like, "Excuse
me...oops, never mind. I didn't see your sign."
I learned to drive an 18 wheeler in my days of adventure. Wouldn't ya know I misjudged the height of a bridge. The truck got stuck and I couldn't get it out no matter how I tried. I radioed in for help and eventually a local cop shows up to take the report. He went through his basic questioning. No problem. I thought for sure he was clear of needing a sign until he asked "So..is your truck stuck?" I couldn't help myself! I looked at him, looked back at the rig, then back to him and said, "No I'm delivering a bridge ...Here's your sign!"