the artistic process
art of the camera, scanners and printing.
I first started this work using various Canon 35 mm cameras with state of the art lenses and filters (UV and Polarizer). Shooting primarily on transparency film (slides), this method to capturing landscape photography is one of the best ways of “seeing light”. With experience I developed a visual feeling and style based on how quality of the air and the direction of light make flowers read on film. Over the decades I’ve learned to temper the initial excitement and impulse to shoot flowered landscapes, using judgment and thought.
I enjoy using the 35 mm for its spontaneity and specific cropped viewpoints but then there are times when the Fuji GX617 panorama is the best camera of choice.
Studies have shown this horizontal panorama (three to one ratio) is the most realistic to the human eye when viewing. It’s likened to actually seeing the scene or being there in person. Couple this with ultra fine details of hundreds or thousands of flowers visible in the large high-resolution print and you have a one heck of a viewing experience.
Often I am asked, “Are these the real colors? Are you manipulating them?” Occasionally I’ve heard, “Places like this, they don’t really exist?” Fortunately for the record, I’ve got the archived transparencies to prove it. Once doubters look at an original slide through a viewing loupe, they are very surprised. Using the polarizer filter during image capture allows the photographer to remove some of the haze, glare and hotspots that the human eye is flooded with.
I scan all the images myself with state of the art scanners (Nikon 4000 and Flextight 949) to achieve the best quality high-resolution image. Scanning this film format/size has required my custom building of a computer that can handle the 2 gigabyte image files that are required for large prints.
my art prints
I used to burn and dodge Cibachromes, but now my print of choice is with an Epson 7600 Ultrachrome printer. Inkjet prints have wider contrast range and subtler details when compared to traditional darkroom technique. With many exciting advances happening on inkjet paper choices, I’ve found the Epson Premium Glossy Heavyweight paper to produce the clearest image details that I find necessary for landscapes of intricate flowers and plants. The Epson PGH paper allows for a sharper image than a matt art paper which I believe softens the detail considerably.
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