Adjustments for printing a sunset accurately

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Mike Sandman Regular Member • Posts: 420
Adjustments for printing a sunset accurately

I have a photo taken just after sunset from South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona. The reds along the mountain ridge are quite dramatic. The original is below:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/msandman/3897699670/

When this image is viewed a a soft proof and the output is set to Epson's Pemium Glossy paper for output on an Epson 2200 printer, the (calibrated) monitor shows the reds as somewhat washed out -- more pink or rose than red.

(Unfortunately I can't capture an image of the washed out version I see on my monitor.)

I've played with just about every adjustment I can find on the CS4 menu -- exposure, saturation, curves, color balance, etc. but nothing restores the dramatic reds of the original.

Any suggestions for tweaks to restore the vibrancy of the reds in a print of the sunset would be apperciated -- Different paper? Combination of adjustments?

Thanks -
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Mike Sandman

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