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I capture images with the intent of making fine art prints, nothing else. My goal is not to capture hundreds or even thousands of images but to capture a few great images to offer you each year. I adhere to the philosophy of three phases to photography; the capture, processing and print. These phases interact with one another and are critical to producing a fine print. I am not necessarily interested in capturing reality.

Capture

I shoot digital as the image quality, as far as resolution, has surpassed film several years ago however some images on this site were captured using film. Cameras have limitations and do not see as the human eye does. These limitations can be used for an artistic advantage or corrected for it in the field and use post processing to obtain the image I envisioned. Corrections in the field may be a simple as coming back at a better time, using a neutral density filter, polarizer or making multiple images. Multiple images are made to fully achieve the required dynamic range or create large files suitable for large prints. and panoramas. The capture is basically gathering the raw materials for processing the final print.

Processing

All digital image processing is done on color calibrated equipment where images are optimized and composited. The black and white points are set, color casts corrected, contrast adjusted. High dynamic range images, large images and panoramics are also created. The image is further optimized by utilizing techniques similar to the traditional darkroom such as dodging and burning. The key is to recognize the limitations of the camera when making captures and getting sufficient "raw materials" in the field to ensure a beautiful fine art print true to the image I envisioned. No objects or scenic elements are added to images in post processing unless noted in the description and on the COA.

Printing

I have an opinion on this that a lot of people may not like. If you don't print your own work your selling reproductions and are missing a necessary skill set. Look at it this way, if you went to an auction and there is a print made by the Ansel Adams, the "Master" himself, and one of his works printed by someone else, which has more value? Most shows require the artist to "execute" his/her own work but are lax on enforcing it. In full disclosure my metal prints are considered reproductions, beautiful but I don't print them the same as most other acrylic or metal print offered by other artist.

The professional printers used allow a wide selection of papers that compliment the print. These include canvas, premium luster, metallic paper, fine art papers, as well as papers similar to traditional black and white paper. Unless noted, all Signature Limited Edition prints are printed on fine art paper. The prints are beautiful with a look and feel more like a fine watercolor painting than a photograph. I also produce gallery wraps, printed on canvas, coated and stretched by the artist, a rarity today. I am able to produce large prints for clients who have a need. Prints are extremely fade resistant but, like all fine art, should not be displayed in direct sunlight or strong UV light sources. Since each print is custom printed by the artist and is an original, I can fulfill special requests for paper or crops, please contact me. This is the final product of the artistic process.

 

Types of prints offered

All prints offered are originals, in photography as long at it is printed by the original photographer it is an original, once it is sent out it beomes a reproduction. As I make each print variations may occur or I may think i can do it a little better. They are further limited in the number of prints.

Signature Editions

Limited editions of 40, regardless of size or image changes such as black and white or color, printed on beautiful, archival fine art paper (matte finish, cotton rag paper), canvas gallery wraps ready to hang, and other quality papers. Each print is individually printed, inspected, signed and numbered by the artist. A certificate of authenticity is provided. The artist reserves the right to close the edition prior to completion of the sale of the entire offering.

All prints are originals, beautiful, handcrafted, and archival. I am sure you will enjoy them for years to come.

 

Prints