Touhou & Prints
Posted by meronpan on June 30, 2010
Combo post today that’s part site update, part rambling on my current activities… I’ve been sick with a stomach bug or something for the last week which unfortunately put a stop to the momentum I was gonna have with azunyan + brs reviews going up. Think I’m just about over it now, so /cross fingers. BRS review will be out probably sometime in the next week? but in the meantime you can check out some lovely shots over at Cool & Spicy.
So then, first order of business I have no shame and just want to give myself a huge pat on the back for completing touhou 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and, as of June 28, 2010, 12! About a year ago I set out to 1cc all of them on normal… now I can finally call that done ^^
And I didn’t even have to abuse the 3-power marisa B for mof :P (just found out about that. man is that fun ^^)
I won’t lie, it was a horrible 1cc for ufo… stocked up a full 8 lives for byakuren and threw away each and every one of them. Cleared her final card with just 1 bomb left (damn was that nerve wracking). My final score was less than 2 previous failed attempts. Ah well. At least now I can actually practice that stage if I want to get good ^^;
Not sure how accurate it is but according to the in game timers…
27 hours of pcb, 31 hours of in, 17 hours of mof, 25 hours of sa, and 13 hours of ufo is roughly what it took (no data for eosd or pofv). ‘course that includes for fun runs, easy runs, and the like, but still :P Looks like it was taking me anywhere from 15-30 hours to complete a touhou… which seems a lot shorter than I woulda thought ^^;
Oh, and before I move on… for the record, lasers shouldn’t curve. It’s not fair! They’re lasers. orz (you wouldn’t believe how many times i had to practice toramaru’s regular transition attacks -_-) (also, mostly typed that as a loose reference to a penny arcade dialog ^^;)
Next up, prints! Adorama recently had a 20×30 sale ($10 each) along with 25% off certain size photo books. Decided to try each out for future reference.
First up, wanted to check high ISO performance for large prints. The following was 50mm f/1.4, 1/125s, ISO 800.
Looks ok at this size, but if you’re pixel peeping the original resolution you can see it’s gotten moderately soft. So, how’d the print turn out?
Honestly I think it turned out just fine for a print this size. Given the viewing distance, the softness from the lens and noise reduction are still tolerable… especially if your critics aren’t photographers themselves ^^; Ryoko and yui to give a sense of size ^^; Here’s a close up of the print:
Gets kinda fuzzy but I think if you compare to the original… it’s just reproducing the original ^^;
Next, feito! I really should’ve taken a pic I was 100% happy with but instead chose from my existing stuff. 100mm f/8, 1/5s, ISO 100.
Was more than happy how this one came out.
Wanted to put this up somewhere in the house but alas my enthusiasm was met by reality talking it over with one of my roommates…
“Mmm… this would probably creep guests out, huh?”
“Guess I better keep this one in my room, huh?”
…not that single glance in my room doesn’t already creep ‘em out :P
Once again a close up… still very sharp. Love it.
I’m guessing it’s ‘cuz my subjects are figures… but in this case the 129.6 dpi doesn’t look bad at all (from what I’ve read 240+ is what you should aim for for maximum quality). So just another anecdote but personally a 10 megapixel camera (3888×2592) can handle 20×30 prints, even (depending on how picky you are) at moderately high iso.
Last but not least, the photobook. Fans of super rats are probably aware of the book he released. Alas I didn’t nab a copy myself so I can’t compare, but I must say that what I ordered was significantly more expensive ^^; Super rats’ book was 68 pages long… the likes of which would cost $75-$100 at AdoramaPix, where I got mine done… soooo yeah… even *if* I took shots as awesome as rats I’m pretty sure no one would pay the prices I’d have to charge for a book of my own ^^;; (not to mention even if i was taking those awesome shots, I’d still need a lot of ‘em!)
I’m guessing the price difference is due to the material/process/something difference between a photobook and book with color content? Curious as to what the actual quality/longevity differences are… (especially when the subject matter is just figures ^^;)
But anyhow I ordered a 14 page book and it set me back ~$21 (that was the discount price, now back up to $29). It’s 8×10, hardcover, and printed on Fuji Crystal Archive photo paper. As you can see the photos go all the way into the seam… there’s no dead zone between pages.
Must say I’m really happy with the results. When they say photo paper they’re not kidding. The pages are beautiful, just like regular prints. I suppose that’s probably where the price comes from… 16 (14 pages, front + back cover) * $1.28 (8×10 print cost) = $20.48… then add cost for the hard cover and labor and I guess $29 doesn’t seem so unjustifiably high.
Now, if I was trying to sell books I’d be hard pressed to justify that higher price for the quality delivered. Yes, it’s totally awesome, but when you start getting into the 50, 75 page range… how they heck would you convince your customer that this quality is worth $75-$100? (or $100-$140 for a 12×9 book) I guess I mention this ‘cuz I did have delusions of maybe selling a couple books or something (after all, AdoramaPix let’s you do it directly from their site) but looking at these numbers these books are most likely gonna remain as personal mementos or gifts.
My future goal is to get enough pics of my figures I’m happy with to make a (somewhat) comprehensive album of my collection. Because of the above mentioned pricing issues I suppose it would pretty much be for myself since I’m sure no one would pay the $100+ for their own copy ^^;; On the other hand this little experiment has given me another outlet for this little photography hobby… I have some relatives who I think would be quite thrilled to receive a photobook of family cat pics ^^ Or rather than an album, a photobook of trip pics would be nice after traveling…
…and I’m sure all this blabbering is terribly naive to anyone even remotely familiar with photography prints and/or book publishing. Bear with me as I try to bring myself up to speed ^^;;; Otherwise, hopefully this has been informative to fellow photographers ^^
If you wanted I’m sure you could get really creative with the layout software. You can put tons of pictures on a single page if you want, add all sorts of borders and text… I just wanted my pics with (for better or worse ^^;) the least amount of distractions so I didn’t futz around with much of that stuff.
All in all it was a great experiment. All 3 items were at sale prices, got to see the quality of the photobooks, and how my pictures would hold out blown up to 20×30. Was painful dropping even more money on frames, but now I have 2 more room decorations to boot ^^;
If you’re curious about any aspect of the process or results I haven’t gone over, feel free to ask, happy to try and help.
Now to work on that brs review… :P