John L Mathis

Railroad Photography

Printer Information

I've been asked about the availability of smaller prints such as 4x6's and 8-1/2 x 11's. While I have always offered 8-1/2 x 11's, that is the smallest print that I can produce on the my main printer, the Epson Stylus Pro 9800. Since many prefer smaller prints instead of or in addition to larger prints, I have just purchased an Epson Stylus Photo R1800. This is a printer uses Ultrachrome Pigment inks with a special gloss optimizer which produces stunning long lived glossy or luster photographs. With this printer I can now produce professional quality 4x6's which I am offering for $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00 (plus shipping). My current pricing for 8-1/2 x 11 inch images (which are produced on either printer) are $10.00 each or 3 for $20.00 (again plus shipping). The 4x6's are on Epson Premium Glossy paper. The 8-1/2 x 11's are on either Epson Premium Glossy or Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster (formerly Premium Luster). If you are looking for smaller images, these prints have the same professional quality control as my larger images. For the technically minded, I'm using QImage to produce the prints on the R1800 or R1900.

My Epson Stylus Pro 9800 has a 44" carriage which means it can produce prints on paper or canvas up to 44 inches wide . To keep a proper margin for stretching, canvas images are limited to a width of about 38 inches. The printer uses Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigmented ink for long lasting prints. Although the maximum print width is 44", the maximum print length can extend to beyond 100" (over 8 feet!). The smallest print that this printer can make is 8-1/2x11".

The canvas media I use is Epson PremierArt Water Resistant canvas. Normally I print paper prints on Epson Premium Luster paper. For matte prints (including ColorPlak framed prints) I use Epson Enhanced Matte paper. Other matte fine art papers are also available upon Special Request. All of these papers provide long lived prints as long as the prints are not displayed in direct sunlight or in high UV situations.

Printer software used: ImagePrint 8 RIP (Raster Image Processor) . This provides better color profiles and image definition than the standard print drivers. (In other words it produces a superior print.) With the EPSON 9800 it allows me to have both Matte Black and Photo Black (for glossys) inks resident at all times, thus avoiding $65. ink changes when shifting between matte and glossy papers.

I chose this printer for the quality of its output. Previously I have used the Epson Stylus 2200 and the Epson Stylus Pro 4000 printers and have been very satisfied with their pigmented prints. The 9800 takes this quality a step further.

All prints sold by me are my own prints. I personally print and inspect each print that I make as this gives me the highest quality control over my images.