This was an image I took of my son and his grandfather sitting in his workshop. As you can see it is a working mans shop with plenty of work in progress. There was very little light so I used my Leica ME with a 15mm Voigtlander lens. I shot this at iso 800, f/4.5 and a 1/60sec shutter speed. Even so I had to increase the exposure in post processing. I love this image and wanted to do something with it.
I turned to Ilford Laban sent off two images to them on Thursday night. The pictures arrived at my house on Saturday morning. The quality is fantastic, the price is very attractive and the turn around time was astonishing. I was happy enough with the prints to have a few more made.
A few years ago I had purchased an Epson 3000 printer. It was expensive, massive and the ink became stopped up. The ink costs an arm and a leg as well. While I enjoyed the challenge of making the perfect print, I have since decided that it makes more sense to leave it to the experts. At less than 5 GBP for an 8x10 print I cannot complain.
I believe 2017 should be the year of the print, whether it is darkroom or digitally printed does not matter. There is nothing as satisfying as seeing a print you worked on hanging on the wall. Below is a shot of the final product.