Finally got around to ordering prints for my office

Moving complete just at the end of the year. I had decided to freshen up the prints in my office by replacing all but one or two of my existing shots. Placed the order last Friday, my favorite printing company Nations Photo had a pretty good sale going. Ordered 1-22 x 28, 1-16 x 20, 2-11x14's, and 11-8 x 10's.

The point of this post? I can't wait for them to get here. I'm as excited to see them as when I was a kid waiting for prints to come back at the drug store!
 
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I allowed myself to be swayed by Costco's soon to be closed photography services for three 20 x 30 prints cropped down from a 4 x 5 format images. They look pretty good and I will soon have them in frames and on the wall. Their size is in keeping with my ego. ;o) At $9.99 a pop that is a good buy.
 

wee-pics

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Location
Germany
Name
Walter
Moving complete just at the end of the year. I had decided to freshen up the prints in my office by replacing all but one or two of my existing shots. Placed the order last Friday, my favorite printing company National Photo had a pretty good sale going. Ordered 1-22 x 28, 1-16 x 20, 2-11x14's, and 11-8 x 10's.

The point of this post? I can't wait for them to get here. I'm as excited to see them as when I was a kid waiting for prints to come back at the drug store!
Will we get to see them on the wall?

Might be an idea for a new thread: The impact of photos on a room.
 

wee-pics

Legend
Location
Germany
Name
Walter
The last prints I had made for me were of my A3 and A4 calendars for relatives and close friends as an X-mas gift.
(Click the first one and go to full screen for slide show).
 

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tommay80

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Location
Austria
Name
Thomas
Moving complete just at the end of the year. I had decided to freshen up the prints in my office by replacing all but one or two of my existing shots. Placed the order last Friday, my favorite printing company National Photo had a pretty good sale going. Ordered 1-22 x 28, 1-16 x 20, 2-11x14's, and 11-8 x 10's.

The point of this post? I can't wait for them to get here. I'm as excited to see them as when I was a kid waiting for prints to come back at the drug store!

Doing prints is always great! Started this doing myself some time ago. I have 2 prints and my 2023 calendar in my office at work at the moment.
Always great to see the own photos hanging on the wall.
Hope you show some pictures from your new ones on the wall once they arrive :)(y)
 
Got a notification that the order was delivered today via FedEx! Got home, opened it. The only one in the box is the 22 x 28. 😢

Contacted them and the rest were finished today and will ship tomorrow, via USPS. 😭

I hope this isn't one of those 2-week delivery things. :poop:
 

RichardC

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Location
Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK.
Name
Richard
Got a notification that the order was delivered today via FedEx! Got home, opened it. The only one in the box is the 22 x 28. 😢

Contacted them and the rest were finished today and will ship tomorrow, via USPS. 😭

I hope this isn't one of those 2-week delivery things. :poop:

That is so daft. Why send a fraction of an order, double your shipping costs and pee off the customer all at the same time? I'm guessing a simple email notifying of a short delay would have appeased you. Being around for two deliveries when one would do is a PITA!
 
That is so daft. Why send a fraction of an order, double your shipping costs and pee off the customer all at the same time? I'm guessing a simple email notifying of a short delay would have appeased you. Being around for two deliveries when one would do is a PITA!
I think I know why. The 22 x 28 was probably too large to ship flat, so they sent it loosely rolled in one of those triangle tubes. The others are smaller and probably wouldn't recover well from rolling, so they ship those flat. I have ordered 16 x 20 before and they come flat, with smaller photos layered in the box. I'm ok with that, they really do a nice job on their printing. The only thing I don't get is why they printed them 4 days apart. Maybe the run different sizes on different days. 🤷‍♂️

Shipping was free.

Anyway, talk about a first-world problem! :laugh1: I reckon I'll live through it!
 

bartjeej

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Nice! How will you be presenting them? Framed, matted, with glass or acrylic? Would love to see some photos of the final product on your walls.

I intend to buy 3 or 4 large frames (70x50cm / 28x20" and 100x70cm / 40x28"), and have a larger number of large prints made to act as a "rotating collection". I'm strongly considering framing and matting them without glass, to maximize the effect of the matt papers I have in mind. That'll expose them to the elements, which makes the rotating collection thing extra important. I've had a set of 3 trial papers framed without glass for about 6 months now, will wait another 6 to see how they fare and then make a final decision and order.

Oh, and out of curiosity: on which papers did you have these images printed?
 
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Nice! How will you be presenting them? Framed, matted, with glass or acrylic? Would love to see some photos of the final product on your walls.

I intend to buy 3 or 4 large frames (70x50cm / 28x20" and 100x70cm / 40x28"), and have a larger number of large prints made to act as a "rotating collection". I'm strongly considering framing and matting them without glass, to maximize the effect of the matt papers I have in mind. That'll expose them to the elements, which makes the rotating collection thing extra important. I've had a set of 3 trial papers framed without glass for about 6 months now, will wait another 6 to see how they fare and then make a final decision and order.

Oh, and out of curiosity: on which papers did you have these images printed?
All framed, some matted, some standing, some hanging, all are behind glass to protect them from the cleaning staff!

Just plain luster paper from the printer, nothing fancy.
 
Got them all mounted, may go in tomorrow to hang them so I'm not banging on walls with others working. Plus, when I screw something up and swear at the top of my lungs no one will be around to hear me...

For those of you who haven't printed in a long time, or maybe some who've never printed and have only seen their photos on a screen, get something printed. And no, I don't mean 5 x 7 or even 8 x 10, get something big. The satisfaction of holding them in your hands is fantastic. 11 x 14 at least!

I do love Nations's Photo Lab and they'll ship internationally. They have good sales regularly, get on their mailing list and they'll keep you bombarded...er...informed. I am not affiliated.

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Location
Kansas
Name
Mel
As part owner of a pro photofinishing lab until about 10 years ago, I got very spoiled on enlargements. We had a Fuji Frontier for the normal-size prints and we had a ZBE Chromira with a Kreonite processor for prints up to 40" wide by up to over 100 feet long if ever needed. We used Fuji chemicals and paper. Even our personal prints were not free since the paper and chemical costs were not insignificant. My wife actually ran the business along with 6 or so employees and they shipped all over the US. She was very particular and her motto was total satisfaction for the clients. I have boxes of prints mainly 16X20 or bigger and our walls are filled with older prints from her lab.
After she sold the lab and did only photographic work, she was always trying to find a merchant that would offer the best work and we have changed labs often. She now uses a lab that offers free shipping if the order is big enough and although the quality is okay, the problems she has had in communication with the lab have been spotty. They do redo the work if they are wrong and her biggest problem is that she does all the post-processing and tells them to not do any corrections which seems to be an iffy thing. Sometimes they do the correction and sometimes they don't.
As a huge basketball fan, I have some really nice enlargements on my walls from games I have seen. I have a huge enlargement of a fight for a rebound between players of the OKC Thunder and Chicago Bulls, and one of the miracle shot from Mario Chalmers of Kansas in the 2008 National Championship for KU against Memphis to tie the game and send it to overtime where KU won it. I must admit that it was not my shot but I was gifted a framed enlargement of the shot by the ESPN photographer that took it. My wife, Linda, is a collector of photography and she bought 20 signed and framed photos from Bert Stern before he died of his famous celebrity shots including several of his favorite model, Marilyn Monroe. If these were not up, we would have more of our own work up but I finally convinced her to display her award-winning PPA prints on the walls of our home.
 
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