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    Great maps of western States - Benchmark series

    I finally picked up a quality atlas of Oregon. I debated between a few choices and settled on one from the Benchmark series. I'll be picking up the rest of the series (AZ, CA, NV, UT, WA).
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    Here's a snippet from a section west of Portland, OR. (I blurred the edges for better image compression).


    And attached is the top left edge of the same page, showing how they've rendered lat/long for the GPS user.
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    Very nice. The detail and coloring remind me of the wall-size state (and some regional) maps done by Raven Maps (http://www.ravenmaps.com). I have a large-scale Raven of California on the wall, and it's real eye candy.
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    Originally posted by dbrick
    Very nice. The detail and coloring remind me of the wall-size state (and some regional) maps done by Raven Maps (http://www.ravenmaps.com). I have a large-scale Raven of California on the wall, and it's real eye candy.
    I love that map you've got in your dining room. I'm picking up one of theirs after we move.

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    Originally posted by knary
    I love that map you've got in your dining room. I'm picking up one of theirs after we move.
    After we move? Something you want to share with the class?
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    Originally posted by KBasa
    After we move? Something you want to share with the class?
    I sooooo very wish.

    We banged up against the deadline, and renewed our lease for yet another three months.

    This weekend we're hitting the pavement and looking at a few houses we might like. We'll find something. I can't wait to get my GS into a real garage.

    The bigger news is that I did manage to drop off my application for grad school this past monday. I am, to put it mildly, a bit freaked out by the possibility of getting accepted and attending.

    Worst case, I've got a fresh and solid pack of beautifully shot slides that will be making the rounds to the galleries. I'm amazed at how well they turned out. Gone are the days of shooting film, hoping some turn out, and then the tedious process of taping them off - and never getting it quite right. I shot the paintings digitally, adjusted them for color and tone accuracy in photoshop and had slides 'printed' from the adjusted digital pics. Very cool.

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    I'm going to miss working in my darkroom

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    Originally posted by 1flyer
    I'm going to miss working in my darkroom
    I read a piece on one of the motorcycle racing sites about guys that shoot racing. They're pretty much moved away from film and are now using digital almost entirely. One guy shoots some film before the race and then goes entirely digital during the event. He just likes shooting film, which I can understand. He likes the digital because he can have 3000 pictures up and available for sorting within a couple hours of the end of the race.

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    Originally posted by 1flyer
    I'm going to miss working in my darkroom
    I think there will be a long standing use for dark rooms, but not for color work or the quick and dirty (read: commercial media).

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