Saturday’s puzzle answer

Saturdays’s puzzle answer

Anybody kicking themselves after the puzzler from this morning?

Well, it can hang on my wall for a couple of days before I decide if it gets added to the Leith & Edinburgh North portfolio. Should I decide it’s a reject, I’d probably go out and re-take the base photos


Either way, I’ll have a few test prints of this going begging. Should it survive scrutiny after hanging for a few days, I’ll likely run off a couple of production copies.

That’s assuming I don’t run out of the really expensive paper again.

For those who managed to guess, Saturday’s puzzle answer is Boda bar on Leith Walk. You can probably now be justifiably smug.

Artwork details

One of the beauties of the giclée pre-processing in creating my fine art prints is control over how much ink goes onto the paper. However, “Lots” is a bit of a simple answer. It’s dictated by the resolution of the final work; although, this isn’t as high-resolution as the printer runs.

Like many of my pieces, the finished print is on 300gsm  pure cotton watercolour paper. The digital original/artwork filesize is 1.3GB, giving a print image density around 600 dots per inch. Were it the output from a camera, it’d be comparable to over 60 megapixels. My target print size is 12″ x 18″, but you could easily run it off as large as A1. Any larger and you’d start to lose the depth.

The below excerpts are, from necessity, scaled down from the originals. You can still get a feel for the detail level, though.

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Saturday puzzle

Saturday puzzle – Guess where?

Here’s a little Saturday puzzle for you. If you know where it is, maybe keep it to yourself for now?

This is from a piece I’ve nearly finished. I’m hoping putting this up as a little teaser perhaps might entertain. If you recognise the place in Edinburgh immediately, it’ll seem oh-so easy. But, if you’re going “I know where that is!” – but just can’t remember the place name – check back later.

In the meantime, share the post and see if any of your friends are equally stumped.

The answer is coming …

I’ll be posting the answer to my Saturday puzzle later this afternoon. Hopefully, by then, a few test prints should see the final piece tuned for printing.

Since it shouldn’t be much of a clue, the base photographs for this work were taken last Thursday. Then about six hours work on that day –  plus some overnight processing. Subsequently, I followed up spending most of Friday progressing the piece.

The digital enlargement process I use takes hours. So, I’d some spare time to blog up some old gig photos.

And, as this is my second post in as many days, navigating around the internals of the website is getting quicker and easier. But, reminds me I’ve lots of personal touches to add to it. No doubt, eventually, I’ll be asking Wonders of WordPress where a few obscure things are.

Or, how to use features. There certainly don’t seem to be any I can think of missing.

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Starting a piece

Just starting on this

This is just before starting on “stage two” of developing an image for print. I take multiple shots of a subject, and “stage one” is developing those from digital negatives and combining them.

That process usually takes up to a half-day.

The above two images – my starting point for “stage two” – show one version blended for rich, almost over-saturated, colour. The other is for high detail.

Next, those then go through several open-source (GNU/Linux) image manipulation programs. Nothing gets touched by Photoshop. For a simple scene that’s probably going to be at least another day’s work to produce a multi-layered image file for printing at around A3 size. Sometimes, that’s the starting point for an even-more complex set of edits to emphasise specific details. That can involve up to a week’s work depending on the edits needed.

So, in other words, these two images could be more than a week away from being completed. Nothing when compared to the larger panoramic images I produce. Those can take more than a week to get to “stage two”.

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