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Sunday, November 28, 2004

Panoramic Photo of Downtown Monroe & Ouachita River
I saw this panoramic photo the other day and fell in love with it. I emailed the photographer and insisted that she add it to her website, which she did today.

As she wrote to me, "The small size of the web doesn't really do it justice (even with the link to the larger image) but at least it is there." And she's right. The full-size print is incredible.

In her initial reply to me, she wrote:

I am glad you like the panorama river print. It is without a doubt the most difficult photography project that I have had to date. And it is currently the only cityscape panorama print that I have done. It was an idea that I had that just wouldn't go away until I tried it.

It took several evenings of shooting to get the right weather conditions and the right light. The final panorama consists of 13 images, shot within seconds of each other, that were then "stitched" together over a week's worth of computer work. That is what gives the print the fine detail it has instead of a single shot that has been enlarged. The print is on 100% cotton art paper and is made with archival pigment inks and was made by me. A lot of people think it is a mass-produced poster so I just wanted to clear that up.

It is 48" long and 12" wide and the price for the existing print is $350 (which is in perfect shape). A fresh print is $450. I just took the print down from Quick Print on Wednesday (to put up some new black & white prints) so if you are still interested just let me know. I can bring the print back up to Quick Print if you would like to look at it again.

Thanks again for your kind words about the photograph.

Jenny Ellerbe
...to which I replied, in part:

Should you ever decide to mass-produce the print (maybe even in different sizes), I'd surely be one of thousands of delighted print owners. If you sold 5,000 prints at an average of $40 apiece, that wouldn't be selling out - it would be sharing your perspective and labor of love with tens of thousands of people, all while grossing around $200,000! Just a thought.
...to which she replied:

I can certainly understand not having the $350...I can't afford it either. :) I have considered making it a poster but can't really afford the initial cost of getting them printed. Not to mention the wholesale/retail sales and marketing involved. But if you find me the 5,000 people to buy one...I'll find the money to make the posters. :)
I'm thinking I should find 5,000 buyers and become her marketing/printing agent! But seriously, assuming you have some connection to Monroe (other than hating the place), what would you be willing to pay for a wonderful 4'-long panoramic print of the city & river?

(Thanks to Jenny for allowing me to post her photo and words.)

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