Friday, November 18, 2011

Easy Canvas Prints

Today I'm reviewing a canvas print I got recently from

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1. Ordering
The ordering and upload process was easy and straight-forward. You start by selecting a canvas size, then upload a photo (or choose from their stock images), pick some canvas options, and you're done.

2. Shipping & Packaging
The canvas print was wrapped in plastic and protective shipping paper and boxed. Packaging could have used some bubble wrap for extra protection, but the box was not damaged in shipping, so all was good. The canvas was quickly delivered by UPS.

3. Canvas Print Quality
Overall I'm satisfied with the canvas. I chose one of my fine art images to print, a Chive Blossom macro. The original canvas that I received actually had a problem, but they quickly reprinted it and sent me a replacement, which was much better.

The canvas has a nice texture with good color and finish, though isn't quite as saturated/contrasty as others I've seen. The finish is on the satin side, which is good for keeping reflected light to a minimum, while not making it look dull. The more muted color would be great for subtle fine art prints or portraits, but might take away from really bold images.
4. Canvas Build Quality
Stretching and framing on this canvas is pretty standard, the canvas is firm and attached well to the frame with staples. It's fitted with a saw-tooth hanger, ready to hang on the wall. I would have liked to see an option for wire hanging hardware, since that is what is required at many galleries, but for home use this is more than sufficient. Rubber feet (bumpers) on the bottom would be great, and a really nice touch would be a dust cover on the back. However, these features would raise the attractive price point of this product.

5. Conclusion
Would I recommend If you're looking for canvas prints of family or subtle colored fine art for your home or office, I think it's a good value. If you're looking for gallery quality art prints, check my portfolio site -

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lion Head Door Knocker

Brugge, Belgium offers countless of photo ops during the day and night.  Walking through the streets is a wonderful experience, one that I hope to do many more times.  One of the many interesting things to see are the elaborate doors, and in this case door knockers.  Here's one with a toned black and white treatment.
Lion Head Door Knocker

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My Review of Adorama Step-Up Adapter Ring 72mm Lens to 77mm Filter Size

Does the job.

By 3scape Photos from Chicago, IL on 1/12/2011


3out of 5

Cons: Weak Construction

Describe Yourself: Semi-pro Photographer

Was this a gift?: No

This step-up ring works, but screwing it onto a lens is tricky. It doesn't screw on as smooth as the filters I have, and actually sticks before it's all the way on. Taking it off, I feel I have to be very careful not to bend the ring, the metal feels flimsy. But in the end, it does what I need it to.