An outstanding print is the culmination of my photographic endeavors.
The print-making process begins with the image capture. For many of my images, I used a 4x5 large format camera, exposing individual sheets of film 4 inches by 5 inches, both color and black and white. Film capture provides an amazing amount of fine detail and range of tones. Shooting with a large format camera is very slow, involving a complex camera setup, focusing with a loupe under a dark cloth, manual light metering, etc. It is a very deliberate and contemplative shooting style.
More recently, I have used a Nikon professional digital camera to capture images. The technology of digital cameras has advanced tremendously in the recent years and modern, top-of-the-line digital cameras produce images that meet and surpass those from the 4x5 camera.
I process print files, doing the traditional tasks of dodging and burning, adjusting contrast and saturation, but using modern digital tools to make these adjustments. This process can take many, many hours and many iterations to reach the full potential of the original capture. As Ansel Adams stated, “The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance.” It was true in his day and remains true today. The technology might be different, but the basic process is still the same.
Prints are made on best photo paper stock currently available, using archival pigment inks. When properly displayed or stored, the prints have a permanence rating of 60 to 100 years.
I would be happy to make prints to customs sizes to meet your needs.