Large Panoramic - Framing - Off Topic

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Robbie, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. Robbie

    Robbie Guest

    I know this is off topic, but I am hoping some of you have had similar
    situations. On a recent trip, I took several photos and made a large
    panoramic. It is 16" X 70" . Looks great, and I was fortunate enough to be
    recommended to a place that did a great job printing it. Anyway, of course
    framing this thing is a monster task. Have any of you guys ever framed
    something this large? If so, what is the best way to keep ripples from
    occurring over time? I know that I do not want to heat/dry mount it, I read
    that distorts the color almost instantly. I had two sheets of Plexiglas cut
    to this this. I plan on sandwiching the print in between the two, and
    framing around that. If all else fails, I will get another print made and
    take it to a framing shop. Thought I would try it myself first though.

    Again, I know off topic and my apologies.
     
    Robbie, Oct 16, 2005
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    Gormless Guest

    Squashing it between two pieces of plexiglass may work, and will stop it
    distorting, but you'll need to be careful about Newton's Rings. Hard to
    explain, but take a look at this site which both explains and illustrates
    it, which we found once when we were agonising over something quite similar,
    but with glass:

    http://van.hep.uiuc.edu/van/qa/section/Light_and_Sound/Diffraction/200210280
    02405.htm

    The best way to avoid this phenomenon is to have the panorama printed on
    matte paper and then squash it - we've had good results this way.
     
    Gormless, Oct 16, 2005
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  3. Robbie

    Robbie Guest

    It is not printed on glossy, so perhaps that will help.
     
    Robbie, Oct 16, 2005
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Spray glue to cardboard and cut a matte to raise the plexi off the
    surface. It's not supposed to be wise to press the surface onto glass
    and especially plastic could be worse. Sorry I don't know the technical
    reasons but this is the standard way to frame things. Spray glue may not
    be long lasting, I know for sure that Scotch brand #463 adhesive
    transfer tape is awesome but would cost a lot to cover the whole surface
    as you would need to do and I don't know if you can get it that size.
     
    Paul Furman, Oct 17, 2005
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    Andrew Haley Guest

    Just one off the wall idea:

    If I were you. I just wouldn't bother framing it. The biggest
    panorama I've printed is on Tyvek, 15 feet wide, with brass eyelets
    along the edge to support it. That's a much more unconventional way
    of presenting a photograph, and it may not appeal to you, but it's
    worth thinking unconventionally in such situations.

    Andrew.
     
    Andrew Haley, Oct 17, 2005
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    george Guest

    Spray glue often does nasty things, especially over time (like bleeding
    through
    the paper base and causing discolorations far more objectionable than the
    dry mounting the OP objected to...I've never noticed any color shift, but
    I'd think
    that might be printing technology dependent, maybe more likely to occur with
    dye
    sublimation though I haven't noticed even that with my Kodak dye sub
    printer).
     
    george, Oct 17, 2005
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  7. Robbie

    george Guest

    Who did you use for printing?
     
    george, Oct 17, 2005
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    Robbie Guest

    I used Mike over at www.bigprintsusa.com. alt website is
    http://bigprintsusaprofessional.com/ . Free shipping, and he is very
    friendly to deal with. He called me often and I had he print in my hands in
    about two days. Very helpful, the picture came out much better than I could
    have hoped for. Anyway, they have me as a loyal customer now.
     
    Robbie, Oct 18, 2005
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Yeah I'll bet spray glue could be a problem. Probably easiest to take it
    to a shop to be vacume mounted. That's probably the only doable option.
     
    Paul Furman, Oct 18, 2005
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