It was quite a thrill printing this photo on the Epson 9900 this morning. I did have to open up the instruction manual and make about half a dozen attempts to print before I succeeded. Basically the printer was set to ‘sheet feed’ and I was using a roll of paper, and then I had trouble setting the custom paper seize. I was using a 24″ roll of luster paper to print this photo which was 23″ x 17.25″ at 360 dpi. I made the photo with my Canon G10 as a jpg. Its original dimensions were 18.4″ x 24.5″ at 180 dpi, and the file seize was 6.44 MB. The camera was set at an ISO of 100. I cropped the image slightly to get rid of a curved horizon line at the top, and processed it with Nik Color Efex Pro 4.
As I mentioned below, I was not sure it would hold up to the enlargement. Long story short, I was totally impressed by the detail and color of the print. I was a bit too aggressive with the Nik filter application, and if I were to do it again, I would throttle back on the ‘detail extraction’ on the skin tones, and the blurring around the edges. But now I know that I can print jpgs at 180 dpi, and shot at ISO 100 to 24″ x 18″ without any trouble, and without having to use noise reduction software. The amount of detail I can see in the print exceeds that which I see on my screen, and I am totally blown away by the fact that I can see little ripples of water sloshing around on the bottom of the boat.
Of course unless I had gallery representation in Paris, London, and New York, I would never buy a printer this big. I also found that I really don’t care for glossy or luster paper – but at this point, who cares and I am looking forward to showing the print to Milinda tomorrow.