Background. - Have a 2011 27" iMac (latest kind, thank you daughter for wonderful gift). - iMac is color calibrated with Spyder 3 Elite. - Checked calibration just before working prints and ordering. - Ordered prints from AdoramaPix. When I compare the photos, they don't match. I held several up to the screen and they are darker and the whites seem off like a shift to the red. Called Adorama and they are researching it. Took a P&S snapshot of their photo held up next to my screen so they could see the difference.(Their screen and mine may not match but the difference is visible.
As you can see below the difference is very noticeable. So after talking with them, I decided to get some prints at Walgreens (don't groan) just to see what I would get. Picked them up and they look fine but when I hold them up net to the screen they are off like the others. Yet when I take them down, they look fine.
Influencing factors: All bulbs in the room are daylight bulbs. The iMac is backlit and when I hold the pictures up on to the screen, the light is not shinning directly on them. When I take the photos down, the light is more directly on them.
When I look at the photos flat under light they look fine. (Except that orange tree one, the trees around the orange tree still look a little too brown and not as green.) The flag one looks great.
Could this simply be the fact I am holding them not under direct light and the fact the iMac is backlit? (I used to use a 2003 Mac Powerbook and the screen was as more of a flattened angle. I can see now why laptops are so notoriously hard to calibrate.)