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I will start this by stating that I own a Canon Pro100 and really enjoy the prints I have created, but I have started to look at printing larger 24x36in etc. Have done a few in the past and have no doubts m43 can handle it.

Thought it would be neat to start a thread where we can show off our prints. Show them framed, mounted, on the wall etc. Let's get away from pixels and technical talk and see some finished projects. I would start, but I currently do not have anything done at our new home.

I did do a search and didn't see a thread quite like this one, if there is I apologize.
 

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I don't have anything to post currently, but I am working on a project...

I recently purchased a Logan mat cutter just before Covid-19 restrictions kicked in, but I did not have any mat board to use it with. I fixed that problem with an online purchase, so I now have the mat board I need.

I am looking at doing a gallery-style presentation of four small 8 by10 prints, double matted and put in 12 by 14 inch frames (2 inch borders on all sides). I ordered some prints yesterday, and still need to get glass for the frames (I am going to buy regular window glass from Lowe's or Home Depot - no fancy UV or anti-reflective glass for this project). This will be going up on the office wall in our home. I am looking forward to seeing how it looks. Once I have the frames assembled and in place it should not be difficult to rotate photos in and out whenever we get bored with what's showing.

I will post a photo once I have something up on the wall.
 
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I don't have anything to post currently, but I am working on a project...

I will post a photo once I have something up on the wall.
Will be awesome to see the end result. I should have a few things to show soon.

We have an old window 100+ yrs old that came from a Nebraska farm house. I stripped all of the old lead paint which was a shame because it definitely had character. Painted it flat black, saved the original glass broke 2 our of 12. It will hang above the fireplace and we will rotate pictures from our vacation every year.

We recently just ordered a canvas print from our wedding day 8 yrs ago now, and our first print from the day.

I am looking into options to print a photo across our living room wall. Have a few options I'm looking at and probably canvas being I took it and we are looking at a 60" wide print. Will have to do some upscaling and test prints to check quality. Example of what I'm thinking below.
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I will start this by stating that I own a Canon Pro100 and really enjoy the prints I have created, but I have started to look at printing larger 24x36in etc. Have done a few in the past and have no doubts m43 can handle it.

Thought it would be neat to start a thread where we can show off our prints. Show them framed, mounted, on the wall etc. Let's get away from pixels and technical talk and see some finished projects. I would start, but I currently do not have anything done at our new home.

I did do a search and didn't see a thread quite like this one, if there is I apologize.
Also I hope participants will give details about who, where and how as far as the print processing goes as this is something I would like to do. There is a guy here on mu4/3 that has a print shop and shoots 4/3's.
 
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I had my first print delivered today, it was actually not an image I took, but one from our wedding back in 2012. We got married in Hawaii and never had prints made, so I wanted to test out a few canvas printing companies before I started to order anything more.

Decided to try CanvasHQ and I have to say I don't think I need to try any others. Quality is great, loved that they send a proof for approval before proceeding, it's stretched perfect, lots of bracing, so many staples they are almost touching, and color matched my calibrated monitor perfectly.

Bad quality cell phone picture can get more if anyone has other questions or want to see details of workmanship. 20x30 only .75 thick better for high traffic areas.

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I often enter into contests with my own shots and then printing them. If I win, they get framed along with the ribbon and brass plaque. I try and keep the same style of frame, suede mat, museum (non-reflective) glass, and size for the wall at home.

I use to use Aaron Brothers Framing, but seems they folded and got taken over by Micheal's Art Supply. Some of the wood frames moved to them. I had my framing details with Aaron Brothers and they matched them pretty well.

Below is a composite of several years of blue ribbons. I needed one more to finish the set but seems all the contests are gone with the virus. Maybe next year.

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I have several printers but mostly use the Epson 3880's (17" width). One is loaded with Cone pigments and their H-D black ink. The other is loaded with dye inks as I like their vibrancy better on white gloss film papers like the Mitsubishi Pictorico or metallic papers. I use a couple of x-rite calibration tools: i1 PhotoPro 2, Colormunki Photo, and Display Pro 2.

The most expensive frame I had made (~$750) was some wooden fabric thing with a small wood filigree inset on a canvas print that I hand-painted with some clear thick gel to resemble an oil painting. Turned out well, but it's NSFW. Others are maybe 2x3 feet with those piano lights looking lights on top connected to a main dimmer. I had to dip the two small lamps in them in some Martha Stewart transparent glass colorants from Micheal's Art Supply so they'd match daylight.

Framing gets very expensive! :eek:
 
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I often enter into contests with my own shots and then printing them. If I win, they get framed along with the ribbon and brass plaque. I try and keep the same style of frame, suede mat, museum (non-reflective) glass, and size for the wall at home.

I use to use Aaron Brothers Framing, but seems they folded and got taken over by Micheal's Art Supply. Some of the wood frames moved to them. I had my framing details with Aaron Brothers and they matched them pretty well.

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Framing gets very expensive! :eek:
Awesome idea and great pictures. What's the largest you have went with m43?
 

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Awesome idea and great pictures. What's the largest you have went with m43?
Thanks! :thumbup:

Largest would be probably 17x25 since i have several boxes of that cut size (Red River paper provides that size.), and some I cut off of 17" rolls that I buy. Some are canvas so that helps out the smaller m43 format being a rough surface. The last one of the sunset bike trail was on 13x19 Pictorico white film with dye ink and it sort of "Wowed!" the City of Commerce woman who runs the outfit. It was too big for the contest mandated size of 11x14 so it went to that city's CoC and it got me some outside work.

Most all of the above were 11x14 entries and the frames work out to be about 22" square. The 17x25 are framed to about 2x3 feet and quite large for a wall. A 24" printer would likely be too much along with framing and a 3"-4" at. The brass picture frame lights above them are about 14.5" wide so they fit the 17" wide prints well. I ran three of the large frames with the lights through one central dimmer switch for moods.

Frame lights I use:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Westinghouse-Antique-Brass-14-in-Picture-Light-7505300/206601455

Transparent Glass Paint for the two T6 light bulbs in above fixture I dyed blue for daylight balance instead of warm orange they normally glow at:
https://www.amazon.com/Magicdo-Stai...NQ0JA?ref_=ws_cp_3e235d110a7d23f24c48_p_2_t_p
 

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I got some frames from Amazon the other day, so decided to spruce up a blank hallway wall with some b&w images from an April photo challenge. The frames came with mats for 5x7, 8x10 and 11x14. I didn't care for the skinny 11x14 mats, I think b&w looks good with a large white mat, and the hallway is narrow, so you're fairly close to the images.

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This looks like fun! We've recently had a bit of a reorganisation of our wall decoration, so here's where we are now.

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The bedroom has nice colourful sunrise/sunset + water images. No m4/3 photos there, I'm afraid, all from the Canon 5D II days; some are Linda's and some mine. The large outer prints on the right hand wall are from Fine Art America, all others from our Epson P600; all except the panorama are on Archival Matte. The panorama frame is a custom job from Skell Frames, York; all the rest are IKEA Lomviken in various sizes.

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These are m4/3 photos, taken with a LifePixel IR converted GH3. Llandudno has a number of wooden sculptures of characters from Alice in Wonderland, and I thought they would make good IR subjects. The prints are from the P600 using QuadToneRIP, set to maximum warm for a nice sepia tone. The frames are Wilko, 20x16 and 11x14, walnut effect to match the print tone.

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I haven't done any really big prints from the E-M1 II yet, but I have no doubt they will be at least as good as the Canon pics.

I downsized in May 2017 as my back was objecting to carrying the weight of the Canon outfit all day, and the Olympus seemed to be the best bet for quality and convenience. With the PanaLeica 12-60mm and 8-18mm lenses I got much nicer raw files to work with. Linda doesn't get on with EVFs, so stuck with her 5D II for a while. After processing some of my Olympus files she decided she needed a camera upgrade, so we traded in the 5D II bodies for a near new 6D II - the results are not really distinguishable from the Olympus images apart from the slight increase in size.

The only thing I miss from the FF rig is the 24mmTS-E lens, so I'll be sticking with m4/3 in future.

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I’ve agonized for a long time about prints and framing. Here’s my personal goal with prints: I want to see my favorite images/memories on my walls, and show them off to family and friends when they visit (obviously, pre-covid). I want to be able to quickly switch out one print for another when I run out of room.

Fifteen to twenty years ago, I would print images, frame them, and then laboriously puncture the walls of the rental apartment with nails to put up the picture frames. Inevitably, the frames I was using were discontinued, and as a result I stopped putting images up since I simply couldn’t afford reframing 50+ photos. When I moved, getting the nails out of the walls left ugly holes that took a lot of work to fix.

Parts of some images have been intentionally blurred because privacy.

That left me with a dislike of frames, and I instead switched to printing images with a white border. I painted my walls in a darker color so the white frames would pop against the darker background color. Also, since the images cover up the walls eventually, the darker color isn’t “depressing” or making the room subjectively smaller.

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This is the nook where my home office is located. It was the first part of the room that I painted so I could put up some images there. Right now, I am in the process of reshuffling the photos, so it looks a bit ... ghastly, but here's the current (work in progress state):

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The gaps will be filled with new prints in the new year.

I started by having some prints made by WhiteWall, and while they were excellent, they were also quite pricy (not debating the price of good quality prints, just saying that if you want 100+ prints, some in larger sizes, it gets prohibitively expensive for me). I found a local store here in Dresden, Germany (tkexe.eu), who matched the WhiteWall quality for a fraction of the price. So that’s where I’ve ordered all of my prints over the past four years (“silk” finish – not glossy, not matte, very subtle texture).

The largest prints I had made are (in centimeters) 60x40 (image above, center image with the cliffs framing the blue fjord), with lots of 40x30 (image above, left of the largest image with the red-glowing mountain range). But I love panoramas, so ;) I was blown away by the amazing print quality – on my displays, when I zoomed in at 100%, I was sometimes unhappy with the image quality, but seeing the images in print is just mindblowing. Made me fall in love with my EM1 all over again.

In December of this year (2020), an online photo lab had insane discounts on canvas prints. Instead of 29 Euros for a 20x20 print, they only charged 2,85 Euros. Let’s say, for 2,85 the quality was good enough. I’d have been furious if I’d pay 30 Euros for that, though. To take advantage of the discount, I ordered 36 canvasses, mostly for “fun” memories (selfies, iPhone pictures) and it was fun (and exhausting) to put them up on the wall. Normally, I only print “the best” images, but realized I was lacking the silly, fun moments that make trips memorable. The resolution and print quality is rather poor, but if you stand 6 feet away (and don’t we all have that down by now) it looks good :)

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I also started to re-arrange some other pictures and found that I now prefer larger spacing between the images. It's a PAIN to measure and to stick the images to the wall when you have to be so precise but it's worth it (I'm just 1,63cm tall so I constantly have to balance on a ladder to get this done – with a yardstick in my hands, sharp pins between my lips, and a photo in arm's reach).

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Then, when I ordered this year’s calendars for the family and good friends, I also ordered a few “fine art” prints on Hahnemühle paper in the “RagTag” finish (from another German company, Saal Digital). Let me just say HOLY MACARONI! I had thought before that my images looked good, but this just blew it out of the water. My images leaped off the print, they were so sharp I felt myself drawn back into the scene. Absolutely amazing! Of course, the downside is that now, I am reconsidering all the other prints I’ve made over the past four years. I’ll probably end up ordering some of them in the fine art finish, as I can now never go back to the more affordable Silk finish.

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It's sad can't see the astonishing quality of these prints, but let's just say they're worth every penny (or cent, as it is).
 

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@Macroramphosis – I'm almost out of wall space, that's why I am reshuffling and reordering existing images, and ordered new ones to replace photos that I've seen enough of 😂 I realized that I still have a lot of space in my bed room, though... hmmm.

As for the RagTag prints – they are in the poster/fine art category. You can find them here: https://www.saal-digital.co.uk/posters-fineart/

I always order through their app (there's a Mac version that I downloaded) and in there, you also click the Poster/Fine Art section → Fine Art.
 

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PS: If you consider ordering from Saal Digital, sign up for their newsletter. I don't know how they handle it in the UK, but in Germany, they have discounts going every week or every other week. Usually, you get 10 Euros off if you order for 20 Euros, then 20 Euros off if you order for 40 Euros, and so on. I usually only order when I have a coupon in my mailbox since they are so frequent it would be insane to order "in between" coupons 😁
 
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PS: If you consider ordering from Saal Digital, sign up for their newsletter. I don't know how they handle it in the UK, but in Germany, they have discounts going every week or every other week. Usually, you get 10 Euros off if you order for 20 Euros, then 20 Euros off if you order for 40 Euros, and so on. I usually only order when I have a coupon in my mailbox since they are so frequent it would be insane to order "in between" coupons 😁
Julia, thank you for the info, it is very much appreciated. I'll reply to your PM later.
 

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This wall reminds me of scrolling through someone's digital Flickr board. Great idea and amazing images, love how the different sized prints give a more dramatic feel. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! Yeah, the different sizes make it real fun to "browse". And I love seeing the photos because I can tell you, for each one, where I took it, when, why and what happened there. Just a great way to resurface memories.

But it's also a pain to arrange everything if you want the images to line up 😂 A friend of mine got inspired by my wall, and he had his photos developed at the same size. That made his wall look a bit "tidier" and made it easier for him to put images and swap them out.
 
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