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Why Sublime?

 

The word “sublime” can be used as both an adjective and as a verb. Each having very different meanings.

As an adjective it is used to describe something of great excellence or beauty. When used referring to a person’s attitude or behaviour, it refers to supreme, consummate or unparalleled excellence.

“Sublime” in chemistry is a verb. It refers to the chemical process where some substances when heated go straight from the solid state to the gaseous state without passing through the intermediary liquid stage. A well-known example is dry ice which can be used for keeping ice-cream frozen. Dry ice is solidified carbon dioxide. At room temperature it converts from the solid dry ice into gaseous carbon dioxide. Any actual ice which may appear is the result of the extremely cold dry ice freezing water vapour in the atmosphere.

Why Sublime Photo Shoots?

Well, I am using “sublime” as both an adjective and a verb. As an adjective, It is hoped that all outcomes from the shoots will be positive, regardless  of whether those outcomes are the photos which have been taken, and/or products from those photos, or attitudes of those involved in the shoot.

There are many different methods of printing currently being used. The printing method which is perhaps best known to most people is that using ink-jet technology. Most people who have a computer, also have an ink-jet printer. The technology involves the printer squirting small droplets of ink onto the medium being printed, which is normally paper. Other printing methods include letterpress, offset, silk screen and sublimation.

Sublime printing involves the strategic placement of minute particles of powdered dyes onto a specially prepared substrate. The solid particles of dye on the substrate are then heated under pressure. The particles of dye are converted into gas which enters the substrate’s treated surface. Upon cooling the gas solidifies and becomes a part of the substrate.

Before the days of digital cameras and ink jet printers, photographs were obtained via a chemical process. Special photographic papers were coated with a silver halide emulsion, and chemistry in the photographer’s dark room converted that emulsion into an image. These prints were obviously more expensive than ink jet prints, but the quality was far superior. The process is still available at some special laboritories. Likewise, sublimation prints are much longer lasting and far superior to ink jet prints. Another advantage is they can be washed. Because the dye is a part of the substrate it will not wash off.

The sublimation dyes are initially in a gel suspension which are deposited onto special absorbent transfer papers by means of ink-jet printers which have been fitted with special piezoelectric print heads. Normally a mirror image is printed onto the transfer paper. At a later time after the transfer paper has dried, it is then attached to the substrate to be printed by means of heat resistant transfer tape. The material to be printed with the attached transfer paper in then placed in a special heat press at a temperature of around two hundred degrees celsius for a period of time which depends upon the type of material being printed and its thickness etc..

Sublimation printing is something I got involved with a couple of years ago. Recently I have greatly increased the range of materials that I have printed. Also, I now have both A4 and A3 size sublimation printers and heat presses which are capable of printing on flat surfaces up to A3 size in addition to a range of other shapes such as round mugs etc..

The substrates on which I have successfully printed using the sublimation process include: aluminium, steel, ceramics, acrylic, melamine, hardboard, glass, polyester, microfibre, nylon, hard board, neoprene and there are still more on my list.

Well, dear reader, you may be thinking what the heck has all this talk of sublimation printing got to do with photo shoots. Allow me to tell you.

With just a few exceptions, photo shoots with which I have been involved up until now have been TF (trade for) or TFP (time for prints). These have been and will continue to be WIN/WIN situations for both the models concerned and for me. Models get ready access to file copies of quality shots at no cost to them, I obtain an increasing library of shots that I may be able to use elsewhere.

If you go to the Sublime Photo Shoots Facebook page, you can read what motivated me to organise this new business arrangement. Many models, especially the more experienced ones, do not necessarily have a need for additional photographs, and would like to receive some compensation for their time and effort apart from access to photos.

Details will be found on the Models page on this site, but what I am proposing for models involved in these shoots are compensated for their time and expertise via sublimated photographic products. Products chosen could be for the models themselves and/or could be gifts for others. There is a large range of quality products already available, and this range is steadily increasing.

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