Process and Materials:
All prints are produced personally on my own Canon iPF8400 fine art printer. This printer features a 12 color LUCIA EX ink set that creates an incredibly large color spectrum. I use a Baryta paper that has a heavy weight alpha-cellulose, acid free base with a barium sulfate coating that mimics traditional silver halide photo papers. This combination produces very high definition images that have exceptional tonal range and archival properties. Prints have a lustre finish that look great when mounted in a traditional glass frame or when mounted in any of the methods described below.
All pieces 24” wide and larger are limited editions. Specifically pieces at 24” wide are limited to 50 pieces per size per style. All other larger sizes are limited to 25 pieces. All pieces are hand numbered and signed. A signed certificate of authenticity is also included.
Matting and Framing
I personally offer matting and framing on images up to 30” wide. Top quality museum grade materials are used throughout this process. My standard is a simple black matt/black frame that compliment the saturated colors that frequent my images. Matting is done in a 4 ply museum grade cotton based acid free board, with acid free foam core backing. Frames are black aluminum that give a clean look and fit into most decors. Glazing is an anti glare/UV blocking museum grade acrylic. This ships well as it is nearly impossible to break. For framing in larger sizes I recommend ordering a loose print and working with a local frame shop.
My prefered finishing method is a plaque mounted print. This process starts with the same paper and printing process described above. The print is then mounted to an acid free ⅜” thick wood surface. The edges are beveled and colored black and then the entire piece is coated with a UV resistant moisture barrier. The result is a scratch resistant matte finish that really brings out the colors in the image and really pulls you into it with an almost three dimensional look. This finish is ideal for brightly lit rooms as reflections are very well controlled. There are two different hanging options for plaque mounts. First is a flush mounting keyhole system where the piece sits right on the surface of the wall. Second is a float mount system consisting of a mounting frame attached to the back of the piece that stands it off the wall by ¾”. This frame is set in from the edges so it is not easily seen and gives the impression the piece is floating off the wall. Mounting with this style is done with a simple french cleat system.
I would be happy to work with you to produce the piece of artwork you desire. Please contact me to discuss any alternative finishing processes.
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A Few Words About Image Size, Aspect Ratio, and Quality
Any photograph, painting, or other rectangular piece of art have what is referred to as an aspect ratio. This is the relationship between the lengths of the two adjacent sides of the particular piece. Example, the bottom and left side. This relationship is commonly stated as a ratio, two numbers separated by a colon. Some common photographic ratios include 4:5 and 2:3. In particular all the cameras I use create images of a 2:3 ratio. This means that for every 2 units in the short direction there are 3 units in the long direction. Examples of this can be seen in print sizes such as 12”x18” and 20”x30”.
Many pieces here remain at this native aspect ratio. However during editing of an image I may choose to crop the image by removing area from the top, bottom, or either side of the image. This is done to enhance the composition of the photo but changes this ratio to something other than what was started with. This will cause issues with fitting the image into pre cut mats or frames and necessitate custom framing. This is only a concern when ordering unfinished prints. I cut my mats to compensate for these odd ratios and make them to fit in standard frames whenever possible. The plaque mounts and other options have no issues with this as they are already custom made to the print size.
Advanced Reading for the arithmetic inclined
If you are interested in determining what size your desired print will end up at I have simplified the aspect ratio of each image down to a single decimal number and noted this in the caption of the image. As an example a 2:3 aspect ratio would be shown as .67 (⅔=.67). These numbers will vary from numbers like .2 for a long skinny panorama shot to 1 for a square image with equal height and width. This number along with a note stating whether the horizontal or vertical edge is the long edge will allow you to determine the final size of your print.
As an example take an image that has a .51 ratio number and the long edge is horizontal. You know you want a 30 inch wide print, you would take 30 x .51 = 15.3. This would give you a 15.3x30 inch print. compared to a .67 ratio image that would yield a 20x30 inch image.
So why all this complicated math just to be able to determine the size of the print I want to buy? I have chosen to go this route because cropping an image to enhance its composition is a very powerful way to improve the overall impact and quality of an image. Removing a section of boring sky or foreground can take an average image and make it a winner. Being constrained by the native aspect ratio of my camera is far too limiting.
Image Size and Quality
Most images here are all shot with a modern 24 megapixel camera. This resolution will very comfortably print all the way up to 40x60 inches at a very high level of photographic quality. I have recently started shooting with a 36 megapixel camera that will allow even larger prints. There are also panoramic images that have been stitched together from several individual images that can be printed at many feet wide if desired. The other side of this is some of the older images in my library were taken on older equipment and have smaller size limits to which I am comfortable with. For this reason I have also included a third piece of information in the caption of each image. This is the maximum length of the long edge of the print. this will be 60 inches for most pieces and longer or shorter depending on the resolution of the original file.
Costs and Ordering
As stated elsewhere the galleries section has a shopping cart feature enabled. You can add your desired image to the cart and vary the finishes and size to determine your cost. The common options are included in the cart, if there is something different that you are looking for please contact me. Shipping times are 1-2 weeks for loose prints and 4-5 weeks for finished pieces.