Photography as Art
My photography is best experienced when viewed in a large format. I use professional equipment and stitch photos together into panoramas, allowing for great detail at large size without compromising clarity.
While being in the right place at the right time with an iPhone can capture a memory, the process of capturing the photo is an art.
“A successful photographer needs to purchase appropriate equipment (cameras, lenses, tripods, flashes, etc...), compose the shot to capture the image and story they want to tell their audience, apply software carefully, whether just for a subtle fine-tuning or for more dramatic effects. They make their own luck by taking pains either to set up the shot or to get to the right place at the right time and then wait for the all important decisive moment. The photographer must work the scene, trying different camera angles, focal lengths, exposure settings, and the like to ensure they capture as excellent an image as they can. It takes hours and hours of training to get comfortable with their equipment to act under time constraints and even more hours to learn editing techniques to enhance their images.”
- Editor-In-Chief, Popular Photography Magazine
A personal example comes from my expedition to capture the aurora borealis (i.e. - the northern lights) in Iceland. I spent weeks researching the trip, determining the best months to visit, taking into consideration the lunar cycle to achieve optimal darkness. I purchased appropriate equipment to handle the extreme cold (February in Iceland!). I needed to cover plane, hotel, food and rental car for the week. I pre-planned my shooting locations during the day. I had to learn and master new techniques to capture the scene as the northern lights move quickly across the sky and auto-focusing is not an option. All the hard work was VERY REWARDING though as the guests of the hotel “ooh’d” and “aw’d” over my pictures!
Production Completes the Process
The choices to present photographs have exploded in recent years and brought with it near unlimited possibilities. Your artwork is not complete until it’s adapted to fit your room, style and desires as decor may drastically change the decision for how to develop the print. Perhaps the print should be made to canvas to match other art in the room, or change in size to fit the space. It’s all up to you, and I’ll guide you through the world of possibilities.
The most consistent choice for awe inspiring presentation and jaw dropping results (and my preferred choice) is to print to a metallic paper and face mount to 1/4 or 1/2 inch acrylic with a dibond backing. The metallic paper brings the colors of my photos to life and the face mount to acrylic gives depth, richness and substance to the photo. The dibond backing prevents light from escaping the back of the image and makes the picture perfectly flat and flush to the “glass like” surface. It’s a truly stunning presentation.