We have a nice Canon i9900 printer and I find that I actually enjoy setting up prints and holding them in my hands. Plus when I give them away as Christmas or birthday or soccer-coach presents, people seem happy to get them. The trouble is, we have only so many walls to fill, and only so many coaches and relatives to pester with presents, so the printer goes idle for months at a time.
Recently, there was a comment on a piece here saying “Nice pic; you sell prints?” I sort of snickered at that because I’m a computer programmer dammit, but then he followed up with an email. So I named a price and he said “sure” and this afternoon I missed one quarter of the NFL game while I ran off the print. It turns out the customer has a good eye; what I thought was a fairly ordinary picture came out remarkably appealing on upmarket paper. Thanks Mr W!
I don’t really have time to put much work into this. But Lauren runs the family’s corporate web ranch at Textuality Services, Inc., and she said “Why not? Offer them for sale on the blog, we already take Paypal and I can handle the printing and shipping.” And her eye for color accuracy is much sharper than mine.
I had to modify the giant 2003-vintage splodge o’ code that generates this humble publication, but that turned out not to be too hard, and there’s a fringe benefit. You’ve always been able to click on the pix here to see a larger version, but as part of this project I wrapped ’em in a grey frame and I think they look very pretty that way. Here’s an example, click on it to see the effect.
So even if nobody else ever buys another one, it will have been worthwhile. And if anyone does, it gives me a warm glow to know that others share my appreciation of certain captured moments.