I just got the prints back and I must say I am amazed!!! I only have a couple of real optical color prints and I guess I forgot just how amazing they look! I am now doing all my color on C-41 and going through Blue Moon! They are OUTSTANDING!!!!!! They even put the negatives in PrintFile sleves instead of some cheapo thing. I HIGHLY reccomend sending some film their way!
I don't do a lot of color except for wedding stuff now and then but the few times I have taken my rolls of color to Blue Moon I was like you. I had forgotten how much better optical prints look than digital prints. They really did seem to me more natural looking.
It is sad that other retailers can get away with foisting off vastly inferior digital (or whatever they are) prints on the public. It just seems so dishonest. If the other guys are going to sell me crappy prints, they should charge me MUCH LESS than Blue Moon.
Only problem is, I shoot such little C41 these days...
I totally get that. Until now I have been all E-6 for color and lots of black and white. I figured out that color optical prints were so amazing and were so expensive from E-6, I have become a purist having everything printed optically......Just for the record they print black and white too.
Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time