I would like to know if this image appears, overall, blue/gray or slightly golden to you, and if you have a calibrated monitor.
I suppose this is all trivial given my printing methods, but after calibrating with the spyder2express, the image I was using for my desktop showed a moderate change in color tone. I currently use my local Walgreens for printing, through their internet site. I would love to use a printer with a profile, but Drycreek's site lists the closest to me being 45 minute drive each way.
With no post processing, I uploaded this image to have printed, and it matches my UN-calibrated monitor almost perfectly, both looking bluish gray in tone. After calibrating, the image took on a golden tone, which given shooting conditions, I would say golden would be correct, but I do not remember personally.
Image taken about 2.5 hours prior to sunset on an extremely hazy day, D70/18-200VR, f16-1/320 ev -0.7 srgb mode 1. and yes, it is time to clean the sensor again.
Another vote for blue-grey. I use Monaco Optix to calibrate my monitor.
I use CostCo printing with the drycreek profiles; but, it isn't always reliable. I read once that when you specify no color correction (because you did your own color correction using the drycreek color profiles), it has to be manually turned off by the person processing your images.
BTW, I think Adorama has an online printing servers where you can download their printer profiles.
Thank you all very much for your replies. I decided to put the image back onto the CF card, and view it in my D70, and it also looks blue/gray. Looking more closely at the spyder program, on the box, the screen captures of the program seem to use a neutral gray in the menu and background, and on my monitor they looked like dull mustard. Every setting I could change on my monitor gave me the same results, and I know the spyder works because I recieved an error if I did not put it on the screen.
I was able to return the spyder under the 21 day policy at Comp USA. The only problems I have for printing is brightness levels (too bright), colors look fine, as long as I dont send AdobeRGB files to the Fuji Frontier anymore. The clerk at Walgreens was simply amazed by the wonderful blues and greens on my pictures! Of course, my white lighthouses and such turned a lovely pale turquoise.
So in the end, I got a refund, bought a case and battery for my new Coolpix P2, and took it to see Dick Dale last night. awesome!
Hey Joe! Where you goin with that Nikon in your hand?
You wont catch me messin 'round with another brand.