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Nov 07, 2011 12:49 |  #1

I am about to place my next order with Millers, and have been tempted by the metallic prints they do. Is it worth spending the little extra ? I have never knowingly seen a metallic print in person (Unless that is what Thomas Mangelsen uses) so I am unsure what effect it would add to wildlife images.

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Nov 07, 2011 13:15 |  #2

The biggest factor is personal preference. I have done wildlife and landscape/scenery photos in metallic finishes and quite honestly I wasn't happy with the wildlife ones. I would simply order one to view for yourself and then decide from their. Many people like this on a wide variety of subject matters. I only ever did the one photo of wildlife in metallic and if I had chosen a different image it might have been different.


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Nov 07, 2011 14:01 as a reply to  @ ssim's post |  #3

I tried a metallic print of an eagle against a blue sky. Didn't like it at all. I loved a metallic print I did of a green sided house in a winter setting, blue sky - it was easily the best metallic print I've ever seen. I've not tried wildlife or birds again ;)


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Nov 07, 2011 14:14 |  #4

I wouldn't expect that birds would be a good candidate for metallic print because of the nature of their colors. Fish and lizards would probably look good. =)


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Nov 08, 2011 00:39 |  #5

Metallic prints are not for all types of photos, I did this shot on the Red River Metallic paper and it did not pop as much as my other metallic prints.

IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4132/5010886098_c470aea1e2_o.jpg

But it did give it a different feel and effect, but not the true effect of metallic paper, now on the other hand I did this on a 20x30 metallic paper from mpix and it really did pop.

IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2696/4227198835_acc22c52f5_o.jpg

Also did this pelican shot

IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/4292059456_ee4870bc8f_o.jpg

and man did it rock, the detail in the hairs and the eye came out in the metallic paper but like the others have say it might not turn out to your liking. So maybe if you post an example of the image(s) you were thinking of printing on metallic paper we could give you some insight from that.

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Nov 08, 2011 09:26 as a reply to  @ S.E.V.'s post |  #6

Sevan, your comments were very interesting...are you to the point that you can predict the outcome of a particular image?


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Nov 08, 2011 09:30 |  #7

chauncey wrote in post #13370314 (external link)
Sevan, your comments were very interesting...are you to the point that you can predict the outcome of a particular image?

before he even presses the shutter button...


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Nov 08, 2011 20:18 |  #8

chauncey wrote in post #13370314 (external link)
Sevan, your comments were very interesting...are you to the point that you can predict the outcome of a particular image?

LMFAO, no but I do happen to have a good idea on which images would get the best results on metallic paper.


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Nov 08, 2011 20:32 |  #9

S.E.V., your pelican shot is outstanding.


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Nov 08, 2011 21:30 |  #10

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S.E.V., your pelican shot is outstanding.

Thank you. ;)


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Nov 09, 2011 21:07 |  #11

If the birds have metallic feathers it helps. I've done a ruby-throated hummingbird and it looked good. I had a variety of pics printed through mpix on metallic and about half of them looked good.

Fireworks = didn't pop, sure would have thought otherwise
HDR sunrise/fish house = good
hummingbird = good
waterfall = didn't pop
Eastern Bluebird = good
I did others, but can't remember now.

Did another HDR taken at the Grand Canyon at sunrise and it looks amazing. Had it printed at 24x16.


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