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July 25, 2005

Becky and I photographed Heather Miller on Saturday. It was our second shoot with Heather. I hope to have those photos finished in the next couple of weeks.

May 13, 2005

Congratulations to the beautiful Heather Miller for being crowned Ms. Marietta 2005! Heather gave me the opportunity to photograph her late last year, and I certainly appreciate her contribution to my portfolio.

May 10, 2005

Today Epson announced its new lineup of professional photo printers—the Stylus Photo R2400 and Stylus Pro 4800, 7800, and 9800, which print in widths up to 13", 17", 24", and 44", respectively. The main improvement is the switch to a new inkset. Dubbed UltraChrome K3, Epson says these new pigment-based archival inks feature the widest color gamut of any desktop printer in the world, surpassing traditional silver hallide-based prints. In addition to the color cartridges, the new printers actually use three black ink cartridges—black, light black, and light-light black. Epson is touting exceptional black and white capability with its new inks.

The 2400 and 4800 are shipping this month for US$849 and US$1995, respectively, and the 7800 and 9800 will ship in July for US$2995 and US$4995, respectively. The 7800 and 9800 will ship with a complimentary stand, which cost previous purchasers US$300.

I’d really like to have the 4800 or the 7800, but I don’t know if The Wife will allow it. We’re shooting a wedding in July and I’d love to be able to give the newlyweds some 16 x 20 prints.

For more information about the new printers, check out these links:

May 6, 2005

Like the OS X Dock? Want something much, much better? Try DragThing. DragThing turns ten years old this month, and for a limited time the developer is offering a US$10 discount on single-user licenses. Now you can get a legal copy of this very necessary utility for just US$19. What a bargain!

Here’s a screenshot of DragThing dock from our PowerBook:
DragThing Dock

May 1, 2005

I installed Apple’s new Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” on our PowerBook earlier today. My first impressions? I don’t see a lot that’s different. Spotlight, Apple’s new souped-up find-everything utility, seems pretty nifty, as does Dashboard, a digital buffet of mini-apps. But other than these two, I don’t see a lot of differences between Tiger and Apple’s previous operating system, Panther.

April 15, 2005

Wacom now offers a wireless Bluetooth 6 x 8 graphics tablet. The new tablet will retail for US$250. We photofixers couldn’t live without our graphics tablets, but I’m not about to replace my 6 x 8 Intuos 2. Four years ago that rascal set me be US$350, so it’s got to keep on keeping on. I had an ADB version of the tablet before, which also cost me US$350.

March 28, 2005

Adobe will ship Photoshop CS 2 (version 9 of Photoshop) in May, according to this Google-cached press release.

If the link above expires, here’s the text of the press release.

March 9, 2005

I’m going to redesign this site soon. The current design doesn’t reflect my focus on photography and computing in general.

Everything is easier on a Mac. See for yourself.