Most of my work is in the digital realm. Owing to the nature of what I do, very few of my images get printed. I'm perfectly okay with that. I want my images to be enjoyed and it doesn't matter too much to me how people view them. That said, I love looking at my work in print. There's something deeply satisfying about seeing and even feeling your work in what some people would call the "real world."
It's also nerve wracking. It was literally with trembling fingers that I opened the box from the printer the day the postcards below arrived. I'd done my homework, read all the instructions the printing company set out online, made sure my monitor was properly calibrated, processed the images in CMYK color space, etc, etc. But you're never really sure how your work will look until you open the package and look inside. When I did that, this is what I saw...
...and I was thrilled! The colors and tones turned out exactly the way I thought they would based on my soft proofs. In some cases, even they tuned out even better. In the printed version, the gazebo in the bottom right postcard came out a bit more red than the the version you see here, but I was so happy with the sky I didn't care. The final result is great.
In the future, I'm going to look for more projects that allow me to print my work. I'm planning a series of posters, based on some of the images above. Maybe I'll even try to sell some limited edition prints.
Let's hope the NPO that commissioned the postcards as a fundraiser meets it's goals. Check out Okinawa Hands-On to find out more. You can support a great cause and send your family some of the finest images ever taken of Okinawa (no, I'm not bragging).
Thanks for reading.
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