We ended up packing our truck to the roof taking over 18 images with all but one arriving in good condition. We made deliveries of 3-canvas prints and 4-paper images to two very satisfied friends with the remaining images being on display at the hotel.
This turned into the shortest trip we've taken to
And on the home front:
We reported earlier about replacing our Epson 9800 wide-format printer upgrading to the 9900. While most of the images taken to
We also decided to replace/upgrade our studio computer going from a Dell Precision 690 to a T7500. The 690 has worked very well over the 5 1/2 years we've used it. The 690 is a dual quad core 3.GHz computer with 52 GB RAM. We've updated the RAM as we went along and changed a couple drives as they got tired and wore out. We're using better software which takes advantage of both the core and memory and we felt a change was due. Add that to the fact that Don is shooting with a 60 megapixel camera and often has image files exceeding 4-GB we felt the time had come. Better to replace/upgrade before you have to.
The replacement is a Dell Precision T7500, Dual Six Core 3.46GHz with a total of 96GB RAM. We were able to keep our NVIDA 490 video card as well as most of our internal hard drives.
Needless to say this thing screams! Don began the migration to the new system shortly after returning home and 4-days later is finished. Testing the system he's found that Capture One Pro opens much faster than previously. The thumbnails load almost instantly once the program is up and running. Photoshop CS5 and Bridge loads much faster as well. We use 3-NIK software plug-ins with CS5; Viveza 2, Silver Efex Pro 2, and HDR Efex Pro. While Viveza and Silver Efex loaded relatively fast, HDR had always been slow. Sometimes so slow you needed to walk away from the computer and come back later. No so with the recent tests on the new system. Don opened an image from the P65+ then using CS5 and Nik HRD and found it as fast now as both Viveza and Silver Efex. Having 12 cores (or according to the Recourse Manager 23 CPU's) along with 96GB RAM isn't for the faint of heart. The machine is hugely expensive. The memory would have been prohibitively expensive had we not gotten it from Crucial.com. The bottom line is we have a printer/computer system in the studio that should last many years and be able to follow us as our camera gear is upgraded. Well worth the extra money.
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