PRINTING – all my prints are done to ‘Giclee” standard on the very latest Epson 44inch [1118mm] printer using the very best Epson inks; there is nothing more one can do to ensure quality and long life.
PAPERS – I use 4 very different paper-types, see below.
PRICES – all image subjects and paper types are the same price beginning at just $199. Prices are quoted in AUD or Australian Dollars, you will find conversions are part of your payment software.
PRODUCT – it is not realistic with huge varying frame choices, prices and frequent damage claims, to offer mounting or framing services. This product is a rolled print in a tube, packaged with protection and personally signed. All prints have a border for you to choose to keep or remove according to your display wishes. The signature is on the image. Epson rates their Giclee prints with a minimum 70 years life in ‘correct conditions’ which means displayed with the absence of sunlight, fluorescent lighting and cooking and other harmful vapours.
PHOTOSHOP – is used in the creation of every professional digital image because it is part of the digital process. I use it as a tool for image-making, removing image pollution and marks, adding the creative such as a texture, style of sepia, or softness. If elements are added or highly changed so that the image becomes my construction it will be noted per “[composite]”.
Matte: with less contrast, subtle, perfectly smooth, no reflections, as perfectly beautiful as Metallic is amazing.
Heavy Watercolour: thick, heavy, heavily textured and fibrous, this is for ‘computer paintings’ and ‘something different’.
Metallic Pearle: a high-gloss top-end product which has replaced pure white with a light silver and is my favourite impacting paper, best for sharp, bold, bright, highly coloured subjects.
Canvas: actual, real canvas in semi-gloss for max quality. No spray-coat required, great for stretching and hanging as is, looks real thing because it is.
To begin with…I have been a professional photographer since 1983. I had my own busy studio for nearly 20 years in a suburb of Melbourne. These were the film years and I covered somewhere around 600 weddings, many more portraits and lots of commercial assignments. I used cameras from 35mm to various 120 film sizes and even 5×4 inch. I had a 6×17 panoramic camera also, ‘for fun’.
Big changes…In 2000 I was becoming burnt-out in various ways and knew I had to accept changes, including the switch from film to digital and computers. I sold the studio and much of my equipment and became exclusively a ‘landscape only’ practitioner. This also demanded I learn about the printing industry and preparing works for publication. The results were numerous product creations including books, greeting cards, postcards, posters, framed photographic art etc.
Bigger changes…The next change came with the inescapable truth that many of these items are now greatly reduced or have disappeared due to computers, the smart phone and the internet. Through this time I travelled vastly in Australia and New Zealand and the large number of landscape images I have now form the backbone of my latest and last direction as I work from home and everything is now viewed and ordered online. I believe that one website to show much of my work would be huge and cumbersome so I have divided my work into many niche-sites where you can find your special subject interest quickly and in more detail.
What matters…Yes, I have some awards, teaching experience and various other ‘boats’ I could write about but the only thing that matters now is that as you examine my work and receive your order, you know it has been shot with the best of professional equipment, achieved with much hard work and at times discomfort, and printed with the very best technology and long-lasting, expensive ink available to achieve the best.
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WHAT is a Giclee print?
It’s a fancy name for an inkjet print of the highest quality possible using top end paper for fineart purposes.
WHO does your printing?
I do; it is a little known fact that a great deal of time and expertise accompanies the printing process in order to get correct colour and beautiful results. Taking the image and working on the computer is dominated by creativity; printing the result is a discipline of measurement and exact procedure, best done by the photographer.
There has long been a friendly debate in the music world between vinyl vs. digital – does the same happen with film vs. digital in the photographic world?
To a lesser extent; music is more subjective whereas image creation can be compared a lot more mathematically in most major criteria. There are still valid subjective reasons why some people prefer one to another, but few professionals use film anymore.
IN this digital age, why do you have an exclusively film panoramic website?
I have shot over 2000 frames of film in my film-only panoramic camera @ 4 frames per roll. Many would say there is a quality to film that is not present in digital. I do know that very few films were actually or deliberately kept as ‘neutral’ as possible in their characteristics . This applies especially to the most common ‘landscape film’ which was exaggerated deliberately in certain colour areas and was also affected by UV light and reciprocity in its own ways which turned out beautiful, if not completely honest, landscape imagery. These can be considered either redundant or precious.
WHY is all postage free for your prints?
Because it makes things a lot simpler and quicker for getting product out to my clients everywhere.
DO you use AI?
No images in any of my websites have been or will ever be created by AI.
DO you still use your 6×17 panoramic camera?
No, it lives in Russia now, film is too hard to get, too expensive and digital is at a standard way above film could ever reach.
DID you go to uni. or TAFE to get formal qualifications?
No, when I first started such places didn’t even offer photographic courses and moving from amateur to professional in photography was more about determination, motivation and available finances, but all professionals started as amateurs and all had an existing passion in some sort of photography which became too strong to ignore! Most of us read heavily and learnt from our mentors and let a whole lot of risk into our lives, both of which continue still!
WHAT is your favourite subject?
How can I put a thundering surf beach on a wild day ahead of a mystical misty morning by a waterfall in a forest? Answer: landscape.
HAVE digital and phone cameras made things harder to be a professional these days?
Enormously; a massive number of assignments no longer exist, a lot of ‘us’ have disappeared. Many are fooled that because the technology can create what appear to be technically good images for them, all they need to do is point and press. But the gulf between professional and amateur talent remains as large as ever. Camera makers know this, which is why they still offer seriously high-end cameras which cost a bomb and produce such amazing quality. And, fortunately, technology cannot take away human ability in the creative; there will always be those who produce the outstanding compared with the majority, because they produce from the heart and their gifting; this is why some people still are willing to pay for the exceptional; but with a culture of wanting ‘free’ stuff saturating the web, it’s harder than ever, especially starting.