Running... Again?

  If you know me you know there was a time about 10 years ago or so where I was running. A lot. At least 5 days a week and at least 5 miles a run. I wasn’t training, I wasn’t preparing for a race or a marathon. I just found myself enjoying the time spent running. I wasn’t obsessed with numbers, but I kept track of them all and liked seeing improvements in time and distances. It was good physical health and mental health. Then I tweaked my knee. Not bad enough that I couldn’t walk on it, just a tweak that told me I needed to back off of running for a little bit. So I decided on 2 weeks. At the end of 2 weeks I aborted a run very early as the pain was still there. 2 weeks became 3, became a month, became 5 years. 

HP Ink Challenge Assignment #4

This week we're moving up. By "up" I mean we're printing full 8.5"x11" prints. I personally don't like 4x6 prints as I find them too small, but I understand that is what is most often printed. I think differences also show more prominently with larger prints, and sure enough we have differences this week. First up to compare 3 of my own photos to look for differences. I've picked one to share.

This is the original shot
HP Inks
Refill Inks
Neither one is really a great representation of the photo, but that's beside the point of this exercise. The greens on the HP Inks are the closest to the original shot. The Refill inks aren't bad, but they're just not as green. Things to keep in mind though when viewing them on this webpage is how calibrated or not your monitor is. These subtle differences played out in my other 2 shots. At first glance and viewed separately the the versions look alright, but when placed side by side you see differences in color tones. It's not that the Refill inks are blindingly different, they're just a little off, usually darker.

Our next set of prints to look at are what were called Memory Color prints. Colors of things that are set in our head: blue skies, white snow, green grass. Without looking at them separately I was already seeing issues with the Refill inks. The previously noted issues with blue were apparent, especially in the sky, and brown just didn't look like brown.

HP Inks
Refill Inks
I think since the red is pretty constant through out most of the prints I'm seeing that the issue is with red. Red seems to be seeping into the blues giving it a purplish tint.

I should note that I'm not seeing some of the glaring differences that some of my other colleagues are seeing, so I feel pretty lucky. The fact that I still have ink, but couldn't say how much, is a victory to begin with. But it feels a little too much a factor or chance on the quality of the refill ink cartridges to bet my memories and my money on. Though I will say when printing up emails or documents I'm not seeing much, if any, difference between the two.

The products mentioned in this post were provided by Hewlett Packard as part of their HP Ink Challenge.


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