Images & Pricing

About the Images    

     My photographic process is a combination of Analog & Digital Techniques.  I believe I use the best of both worlds to produce the highest quality of prints.  The process of producing my prints begins with image capture.  For the majority of my of my photos, I use a large format view camera.  This large camera has three distinct advantages over all other cameras.

     The first advantage would be the camera's lens movements, such as tilts and swings.  This allows me to alter the plane of focus and not depend on increasing depth of field to achieve maximum focus.  By not having to stop the lens down to an extreme point, I can achieve a sharper image.  The mechanism also allows perspective control of the image.

   

The second advantage is the size of the film.  The camera utilizes a 4x5 inch sheet film.  This results in tremendous detail and resolution of the image.  As an example of the detail that can be achieved with the large format camera, compare the two images below.

   


The image below shows me loading the film into the film holders.  This is only a demonstration because this is normally done in total darkness.

Loading 4x5 film in film holders

The third advantage is the use of individual pieces of sheet film that can be developed independently using the zone system to achieve the best contrast.
Click on either photo to see the 1:50 video.

  My Darkroom - The Wet Side



The Wet-Mount Technique for Scanning Large Format Film

     Once the film is developed, it is scanned at a high resolution using a wet mount technique.  A master file of approximately 600 MB is created.
Click on either photo to view the 5 1/2 minute video.

   



Monitor Calibration
To ensure the computer monitor is set correctly for color & brightness.
Video 1:00




The Digital Darkroom

       The next step replaces the work that I once did in the darkroom.  All the dodging, burning, contrast control, and color correcting is now accomplished within Photoshop, primarily using the Curves Tool.  The editing control with this method is paramount.
In this tutorial, I demonstrate how I create my Raw, Guide, Master, & Print files.  Click on the image below to see the 12:00 video.




     I have primarily used the large format camera since 2009.  Some of my earlier images were captured with a 35 mm film camera.  The small format film camera is no longer used, being replaced by a high-end 21 mp digital camera when the nessesity arises.

   

      Finally, the image is sent to the lab to be produced to my exact specifications.  Seven different print materials may be selected. The Chromira printer can produce Matte, Gloss, and SuperGloss prints on light sensitive Fuji Flex paper.  Another alternative is to use fine art paper such as Watercolor Smooth Photo Rag or Museo Silver Rag.  Finally, a frameless look can be achieved by using either Metal or Acrylic Face Mount materials.  Sizes and prices are listed below.




Once the print is made, I will carefully prepare the image for display.  I typically use two layers of 6 ply (not 4 ply) acid free matt board with a spacer in between to add depth.  Keep in mind, the Metal and Acrylic Face Mount images would not have an additional cost for matting & framing.

Print Pricing
excluding mat & frame

 

 Watercolor

Smooth

 Museo

 

 Acrylic Face

Print size

 Gloss/Matte

 SuperGloss

 Photo Rag

 Silver Rag

 Metal

 Mount

             

8 x 10

 $59.00

 $61.00

 $61.00

 $61.00

 $78.00

 $160.00

11 x 14

 $88.00

 $94.00

 $94.00

 $94.00

 $127.00

 $192.00

16 x 20

 $96.00

 $108.00

 $128.00

 $128.00

 $179.00

 $323.00

20 x 24

 $111.00

 $130.00

 $160.00

 $160.00

 

 $386.00

24 x 30

 $142.00

 $146.00

 $215.00

 $215.00

 $332.00

 $533.00

30 x 40

 $206.00

 $251.00

 $327.00

 $327.00

 $518.00

 $817.00

40 x 50

 $284.00

 

 $486.00

 $486.00

 $804.00

 

48 x 60

 $370.00