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Postby Huskychemist » Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:57 am

Jan K wrote:Thank you LCF -
OK, just so you don’t think that I am lazy and ignore the book issue. Here is a little update. I am working on it and it will not simply be just a reprint of the pages you see on this thread. So it is more work for me, but since it is work of love I I am not a professional writer/ photographer/publisher etc.) so I would like to be it something I am not ashamed of. I already send out some pages to on-line printers to see how it comes out on printed page. Some are OK, some are lousy and although cheaper, I would not use them - as I said - after all the effort, some WOW has to be involved here. I did not realize how much hassle is involved. One company prints only horizontal and hardcover. Another only vertical and softcover. At this point, I tend to lean towards soft cover (Cheaper mailing, and vertical works well with the material I am using). The hard cover sample I made pleased my ws so much, that they ordered them for gifts, mostly for their kids, since it has only 20 pages and it gives just a glimpse of what is underwater here. Of course, ordering photo books in such small numbers from on-line company is expensive and would not be practical for the many-page book I have in mind. So I am still searching. If you are interested in the “Beneath the Whidbey Waters” I made for my wife’s coworkers, flier is on my Smugmug since I don’t want to use this site to promote it. Please I welcome any feedback on the issue. Thank you.




Jan,

Since I live "afar" in Thailand now, I love being able to follow the goings-on of Puget Sound with your pictures (and others) here and on NorthwestDiver.com. I often check your thread on both websites, even knowing almost all of your work is double posted. That way, I get to see it twice!

When you finish the "real" book, can you airmail one to Thailand for me?

If it will fit in an 8 1/2 x 11 envelope and is under four pounds, it's only $11 shipping...which I'd gladly pay to get your book.

Regardless, happy diving, and thanks of sharing your work.

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Postby Jan K » Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:01 pm

Thank you LCF -
OK, just so you don’t think that I am lazy and ignore the book issue. Here is a little update. I am working on it and it will not simply be just a reprint of the pages you see on this thread. So it is more work for me, but since it is work of love I I am not a professional writer/ photographer/publisher etc.) so I would like to be it something I am not ashamed of. I already send out some pages to on-line printers to see how it comes out on printed page. Some are OK, some are lousy and although cheaper, I would not use them - as I said - after all the effort, some WOW has to be involved here. I did not realize how much hassle is involved. One company prints only horizontal and hardcover. Another only vertical and softcover. At this point, I tend to lean towards soft cover (Cheaper mailing, and vertical works well with the material I am using). The hard cover sample I made pleased my ws so much, that they ordered them for gifts, mostly for their kids, since it has only 20 pages and it gives just a glimpse of what is underwater here. Of course, ordering photo books in such small numbers from on-line company is expensive and would not be practical for the many-page book I have in mind. So I am still searching. If you are interested in the “Beneath the Whidbey Waters” I made for my wife’s coworkers, flier is on my Smugmug since I don’t want to use this site to promote it. Please I welcome any feedback on the issue. Thank you.

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Postby LCF » Thu Oct 04, 2007 3:44 pm

Oh, those are cool pictures -- I'll have to keep my eyes open for those egg coils.

I learn so much from your pages, Jan!
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Armina eggs

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Striped Nudibranch

Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:05 pm

Slug snack

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Postby Zen Diver » Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:43 pm

I've seen this before too, also on Comencement Bay (and others) and often wondered what it was. Finally, an answer. Thanks Jan!

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Postby Tom Nic » Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:37 pm

I think I've seen this in Commencement Bay... :pale:

Not sure if this is the same stuff... I think it showed up in the pics below, but was also in patches on the bottom, which of course I didn't take pictures of because it wasn't "worth shooting".
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Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:04 pm

Not your usual critter. In case you come across this, Google says - pollution is lurking nearby :book:

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Crab fest

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 27, 2007 12:46 pm

Slow day on Whidbey -

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Postby Tom Nic » Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:40 am

Gorgeous!

Seems like such a shame to call nudi's "slugs"...
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Postby Jan K » Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:27 am

I hope the doll will not be made in China. Hate to be recalled in the very beginning of my new life as a doll #-o

Meanwhile, I just keep on diving :salute:
Common, but beautiful slug on recent Safari ...

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Postby Tom Nic » Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:32 am

Jan K wrote:Diver Jan doll? You guys try to scare little children with something which looks like me ? :pale:


NOT like you Jan! [-X But like the awesome little diver caricature that you draw... quite a cute fellow... which I would not say about you... but then I certainly don't know you, so... #-o

Ah the marketing geniuses at NWDiveClub hard at work again...

Thanks again Jan for sharing your amazing work, and for putting up with all of the suggestions from us "peanut gallery" folk! :prayer:
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Postby gomi_otaku » Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:37 pm

That the book would be "obsolete" as soon as it is printed is not a problem- it encourages people to buy Book II!! And I can't say that it would ever be "obsolete" given the artistic value and the ID value. How old is Whelks to Whales, Eastern Pacific Nudibranchs, or MLOTPNW?
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Postby spatman » Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:23 pm

there are a couple of companies that offer on demand printing. i think the author creates the layout, then the books are printed as they're ordered.

i've heard this company mentioned a couple times:

http://www.lulu.com/
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Postby Jan K » Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:59 pm

Diver Jan doll? You guys try to scare little children with something which looks like me ? :pale:
Seriously, I really appreciate your ideas and suggestions, maybe, just maybe with all the collective wisdom here, solution can be found. Thank you very much..

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Postby Tom Nic » Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:14 am

Sounder wrote:If you ever do print them, I think we could make a "Diver Jan" doll that looks just like your cartoons. They'd sell out at the Aquarium (if not on the websites like these first)!


That is an awesome idea!
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Postby GillyWeed » Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:21 am

Yeah.. I thought on Smugmug you could have the ability to let people purchase your photos.. I bet if you started doing something like that you'd quickly find that you had enough money for publishing. I bet the NWD clubbers alone would get enough for that first run at a real book, for say the aquarium.. But Sounder gets a little of the royalty rights for thinking of the Jan doll because that's just brilliant!!
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Postby LCF » Sun Sep 23, 2007 5:06 pm

Yes, that was the verdict of our exploration dive at Possession Point Beach -- Not much there. Too bad, because it's such a nice site, with parking, picnic tables, showers and a super easy entry. Oh well . . .

What we should do with Jan's pages is make a website with all of them there, and you can download the files for some reasonable fee. Then we can take the files to Kinkos or somewhere and get them printed out on high quality paper. That way, we could keep up with the output -- In fact, people could even subscribe to the series in some way (so much a month, or year, for downloading all the pages). This would keep Jan's costs to almost nothing (he uploads the files already), get him some income that would help support his hobby, and give all of us access to these beautiful pages in a size and format that would do them justice.

What do you think, Jan?
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Postby Sounder » Sun Sep 23, 2007 2:46 pm

As soon as you printed one, it'd be out-dated!!! I love how often you share your pictures and clever art with us!

If you ever do print them, I think we could make a "Diver Jan" doll that looks just like your cartoons. They'd sell out at the Aquarium (if not on the websites like these first)!
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Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:10 pm

Grateful Diver wrote:
LCF wrote:It is simply a crime that these aren't collected somewhere in full size, for people to leaf through and marvel at.

Imagine being able to purchase these images in a book at ... oh, say ... the Seattle Aquarium ... I think that book has a market ...
... Bob (Grateful Diver)


if the printing wasn't so expensive - ](*,)

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Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:09 pm

John Rawlings wrote:Hi, Jan! Beautiful shots! The sand almost appears to be black - is there something in the vicinity that would account for that?
Where exactly is Possession Beach? Is there anything else there along with the Sea Pens? - John


Thank you John. Possession beach is on the south end of Whidbey, take Cultus road to Possession Road, there are signs to guide you to the park. I got turned onto this by Lynn (LCF) right here on this forum.
It seems to be current sensitive (explains the seapens), I did not find much of anything else, Sea Pens and their enemy, the Striped Nudibranchs. Few Sunflower stars, one very skittish Dungeness crab. What I found interesting, was that the baby pens were in the shallows, closer to Eel grass and in very murky waters, while I did not see any of the babies among the adults in deeper water..

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Postby Grateful Diver » Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:26 am

LCF wrote:It is simply a crime that these aren't collected somewhere in full size, for people to leaf through and marvel at.

Imagine being able to purchase these images in a book at ... oh, say ... the Seattle Aquarium ... I think that book has a market ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)

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Postby John Rawlings » Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:23 am

Hi, Jan!

Beautiful shots! The sand almost appears to be black - is there something in the vicinity that would account for that?

Where exactly is Possession Beach? Is there anything else there along with the Sea Pens?

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More Sea Pens

Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:16 am

Thank you for kind words. Enjoy some more of the Orange Sea Pens.

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Re: Striped nudibranch

Postby Chris » Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:11 pm

Jan K wrote:OK I have to admit that when it comes to nudibranchs, it is always love at first sight ...
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Beautiful.. reminds me of my feeling of being on another planet when I'm down there.


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