Printing issues - too much contrast
So I like to add a bit of contrast when I'm editing, just a personal preference. I'm calibrated, and I thought things were good. I calibrate every 6 weeks or so. I get my regular photos printed at Costco, and I use their color profile when I save a copy of my photos for print. I have their current color profile loaded on my machine. I just had over 100 photos printed today, and I picked them up. There is SERIOUS contrast going on, and some of the photos seem a lot darker than they should. I'm wondering if I'm seeing things on my monitor brighter than they are IRL. This is really bothering me because I want to get colors (to include contrast and brightness) right from the start.
Has this happened to you?
Here's an example picture ... everything but the sky came out SUPER dark. You can barely see her at all, and the whole front of the memorial is really dark. I know she's tiny and all, I just wanted the photo for the perspective of it all. Definitely have to get that one reprinted. But how does it look to you?
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/coolmama72/4498176129/" title="DC trip with Jordan by coolmama72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2750/4498176129_ea15fabc25.jpg" width="333" height="500" alt="DC trip with Jordan" /></a>
And here's another one where the contrast printed super strong. Does it seem over the top to you? Cause on my computer, it seems fine.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/coolmama72/4538403628/" title="106/365 by coolmama72, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4013/4538403628_605d97ee90.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="106/365" /></a>
Thanks! And I will have to come back later to reply on other threads. Total stress case here ... my photo shoot had to get postponed, my youngest has to have tube surgery tomorrow (instead of next Wed as scheduled) as his eardrums are about to rupture. So I'm totally stressing out here, not just from the surgery, but just everything going on around me.