How is a print made digitally? Well that all depends. When I used to take a photo using traditional means (on film) I receive a color slide back. Unlike print film, a slide "negative" is the exact colors as a print would be only you need to view it on a light table or project it. Then a careful evaluation of color, contrast, sharpness, and overall quality of the image is done. If it is approved, a high-resolution scan is made using a dedicated Nikon film scanner with LED lights in a "super fine mode". This high resolution scan now becomes a digital version of the slide that I can view on my Color Calibrated Monitor. The once traditional piece of film is now a digital picture. I now have photos that start at this point in the workflow (being a digital file). This allows the image to be "cleaner", since it is a first generation image (no need to change from one format to another).The RAW image file is then imported into Adobe Photoshop. There it is fine tuned to correct the brightness, contrast, and color balance. The corrected image file is then exported to a dedicated Photo quality inkjet printer that is also profiled to ensure accurate color. A print is then made on Premium Luster Paper using Ultrachrome inks. Wha-La! A photographic Inkjet Print. .back to top

Why print digitally? Simply because the quality now is as good as, or even better than traditional photo printing. Lets put aside the environmental issues of how to dispose of the chemicals from traditional darkroom work and focus on the end result, the print. Ansel Adams was a master photographer known for his beautiful prints. This was largely a result of his darkroom skills. He was a master at dealing with contrast. He regularly used a technique called "burning and dodging". By using this technique he could literally darken or lighten areas of a print by letting more or less light expose the paper. Often "masks" were made that allowed a photo printer to specifically darken or lighten a very specific area, such as a tree or rock. Just as film cannot "see" the wide range of contrast that our eyes can see, print paper cannot "see" even the limited range of contrast film can. (When you look at a bright snow covered mountain scene with some foreground trees in the shadows you can discern detail in both the bright sun lit mountain AND in the leaves of the trees. If you look at a picture you take (without compensation) of the same scene, one of those areas will lose detail. Either the trees go black, or the snowy mountains go totally white). The same happens in the darkroom. Printers utilize filters and tools to hold back or add light so that all the detail gets shown. Often it is very difficult to control this since different areas needed different amounts. Add color into the mix and it gets even harder! By doing things digitally it became much easier to select the areas that needed adjusting. You could easily adjust lightness here, color there, and save the settings. Thus no chemicals, and better more precise and reproducible results! back to top

Will my print look the same as it does on my monitor? The simple answer to that is there will be some differences. If your monitor is color calibrated it may be close, though the color on a monitor will be more radiante since it is literally glowing to produce the image. Also, as monitors age the way they display color shifts. If this is not corrected your monitor will not be at the industry standard (in fact even a new monitor may not be if it is not calibrated and set up that way) . The resolution of your monitor will also affect how you see an image. In general your print will be sharper and have more detail in it than you see them having on this web site. I am confident you will be pleased with the image you receive. back to top

What cameras do I use? Wow. Where to start. The images on these pages have been taken with many types of cameras. See the equipment page for more specifics. Currently my most frequently used cameras are digital SLR camera's. I really like the digital because of the quality (silky smooth images). I can change film speed on the fly and I don't have to spend money on film . I love the medium format film camera because the negative size is so large (about 3X that of a 35mm slide). With that much more area on the negative more detail is captured. This provides a more detailed image and an ability to enlarge it a larger degree without any apparent loss of quality. My newest 35mm digital camera can finally compare with my medium format images. Digital photography is progressing at light speed. Many of the images are from my 35mm film system as well... If you are looking to improve the quality of your images spend your money on high quality lenses. Especially now. You can spend money on a good lens and save big on a 35mm film camera body. Once digital prices fall just upgrade the body. You will already have excellent glass! Check out the equipment page for more. back to top

Do you use filters? There are really only two filters that I use. A polarizer and a graduated neutral density filter. I am not a big believer in colored filters that put colors into a photo that were not really there. The filters that I use either balance the light (the neutral density filter) so that the film can capture the extreme ranges of light to dark; or they help reduce extraneous light and glare so that the true colors really "pop" vibrantly without being subdued by glare (the Polarizer).back to top

What if I don't like my print? Simply return it! Contact me and then return it in the same pristine condition you received it in within 14 days and I will refund you the full amount of the purchase price less shipping.  I will ask why you were not satisfied with the print for quality control purposes. If you simply thought the color would look different that's fine. If on the other hand you were not satisfied with the quality for any reason we would like to know about it so we can rectify the situation. I strive to provide a product with attention to detail. back to top

Can I get a bigger print? Usually you can. Printing up to roughly 13x19 can be done on premises using our closed color calibrated system . In order to print larger than that we need to send our files out. Once we do that there is a lot of back and forth to ensure the colors are correct This, in addition to us needing to pay their fees lead to sometimes significant price increases. Also, depending on what camera the particular image you are interested in was taken with the ability for it to be enlarged will vary. Please inquire if you are interested in an image in a size larger than we have listed. We can most likely do it. We will just need to go over the details. back to top

Do you sell these photos for stock use? Yes. Any photo here is available for stock use. We may also have others not posted you may like. If there is an image or area here that you may like to see more of let us know. Prices will vary depending on size and intended use. back to top

Did it really look like that? Yes, as far as the film or camera was concerned, but there are a few things to remember. Film choice or camera settings can either exaggerate or subdue color. Also, with the use of specific lens sizes a photographer can fill an entire frame with amazing color everywhere when in real life it was only 20% of the sky. As I stated earlier, I do not use filters to add color that was not there. I do choose film that I feel represents color strongly (or use digital methods to reproduce that look). I also get up early and go out late where the light is surreal. I also try to dissect out the most powerful aspects of a scene. Sometimes I truly walk away shaking my head in disbelief at the intensity and immensity of what I see! It is amazing! I used to look at photos and think no way! Then I had a few experiences where "it" happened. Spend enough time out there and you too will see some wild things. I read an article once about editing photos. It stated that if you keep more than one, at the most two images per roll of film you either you are not shooting enough, or you are not editing hard enough. I have thrown out literally thousands of images that were good, but didn't move me. Most of the images here represent my favorites in terms of aesthetics and image quality....back to top

 

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