I'm not happy with the 'own brand' profile for Hahnemuhle Photo Rag when used on my Epson 2100/2200 with the MK inks - it does horrible things to foliage in particular. I know I need to have a custom profile made (and I shall in due course), but in the meantime does anyone know of a good source for reasonably accurate profiles for this combination?
Firstly, getting any shadow detail on HM PR with the 2100/2200 is difficult, in my experience. The shadows block up quickly.
Secondly, I found that the HM PR profiles on their web site aren't very good.
Thirdly, for best shadow detail with HM PR when making my own profiles I found that the 'WC paper - radiant white' media setting in the driver gave the best results. This reduces colour gamut a bit but pays dividends in shadow detail. I also found it beneficial to use a large number of patches in the profiling target - Bill Atkinson's custom targets for the GretagMacbeth and Monaco systems
are very good. The 2366 patch target gave noticeable benefits over the standard 918 patch target. I ended up using a profile made with 3600 patches for HM PR.
So I'd suggest getting a custom profile made for this paper, preferably using a larger profile target than 918 patches.
FWIW I now own an Epson 2400 and this is significantly better on HM PR (although I still make my own profiles and use large patch sets!). It's a much easier printer to profile as well, because the 2400 driver is very linear in 'no color adjustment' mode.