Mark D Segal

Mark D Segal

Toronto, ON

Mark has been making photographs for the past six decades and started adopting a digital workflow in 1999 first with scanning film, then going fully digital in 2004. He has worked with a considerable range of software, equipment, materials and techni...
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Breathing Color Belgian Linen

Not long ago, Breathing Color introduced its new Belgian Linen media. It’s a unique product because of its substrate, so I took an interest in testing and reviewing it. Glad I did – it’s a nice product. As the most distinctive feature...

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The New Epson Legacy Textured Paper

  Epson recently released this fifth offering in the Legacy paper series. Epson’s description of this paper, as mentioned on the B&H website, says: “(Epson) Legacy Textured Paper is a pure white, 100% cotton-fiber paper with a highly textured surface and a...

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  • Mark D Segal
    Mark D Segal
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    Breathing Color Linen review by M. Segal
    on: September 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Robert, thanks and glad you find the reviews useful. Please check the section of the review dealing with Belgian Linen Natural, where between Figures 28 and 29 I provide some guidance on the characteristics that B&W photographs should have for successful printing on this special media.

    Best regards, Mark

    Mark D Segal
    Author: Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, published by LaserSoft Imaging AG
    https://www.silverfast.com/downloads/92ed080ac1ae274ea6aeed756a504f7a/en.html

    Mark D Segal
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    Re: The New Epson Legacy Textured Paper
    Reply #1 on: September 5, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks. I had to set that aside for while to work on other stuff, but I should be getting back to it shortly. It will be some time before I have anything publishable, because there are a number of  “angles” to it, not all of which are polished to my satisfaction yet. And fresh insights accumulate that need to be evaluated!

    Cheers,  Mark

    Mark D Segal
    Author: Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, published by LaserSoft Imaging AG
    https://www.silverfast.com/downloads/92ed080ac1ae274ea6aeed756a504f7a/en.html

    Mark D Segal
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    Re: Breathing Color Belgian Linen
    Reply #2 on: September 5, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Hi Alan,

    Glad you found the review useful. I think the idea of the natural linen product is an interesting and unusual one, but as I mentioned in the article, it would be more useful if there were a way of expanding its gamut volume. I suggested – in general – the kinds of image characteristics that may work best with this medium, but all that said, it boils down to quite a special set. For the others, the risk is that the media overwhelms the image. So the big question for Breathing Color, of course, is whether there will be enough people with enough candidate photos and who like the look and feel of it to buy the product. I presume as business people they’ve done their homework on this, but time will tell.

    Mark D Segal
    Author: Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, published by LaserSoft Imaging AG
    https://www.silverfast.com/downloads/92ed080ac1ae274ea6aeed756a504f7a/en.html

    Mark D Segal
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    Re: The 6th International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019
    Reply #3 on: August 29, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Yes, all of that makes a lot of sense to me. It’s all just different paths and different tools to achieve a result in the mind’s eye.

    Mark D Segal
    Author: Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, published by LaserSoft Imaging AG
    https://www.silverfast.com/downloads/92ed080ac1ae274ea6aeed756a504f7a/en.html

    Mark D Segal
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    Re: The 6th International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019
    Reply #4 on: August 28, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Hi Lance, for clarity, we agree that whether using a film or digital camera, the pre-processing stage is largely the same. And having written a 380 page manual on the subject, I agree that scanning film or digital capture open similar workflow characteristics.

    And of course the people who aren’t using film any longer, if they are making photographs, are using digital. That’s obvious. If you mean by “traditional methods of post-production” the chemical darkroom of the 20th century, I know a number of students are instructed in that technology as a matter of historical interest and gaining perspective, and they appreciate it, much as we did way back when. But I don’t see this being either important to the future of photography or consequential in the broader scheme of things.

    Actually, if you want to focus on what the real consequential schism is amongst makers of photographs, it is the one separating the people who make prints from the people who only display their photos on devices. Many of us were brought up on the notion that a photograph is only what exists on a piece of paper. The digital revolution has thoroughly cannibalized that notion, to the extent that countless billions of photos are made every year that never land on a piece of paper. That fact has the print industry in a tizzy. A whole other talk-show!

    Mark D Segal
    Author: Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, published by LaserSoft Imaging AG
    https://www.silverfast.com/downloads/92ed080ac1ae274ea6aeed756a504f7a/en.html