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A Little About The Tools

In order to make a fine art print it is first necessary to capture a quality image. My first camera was a Minolta Hi-Mantic 7S. I purchased this camera while I was serving in the US Navy during the 60’s. I immediately became fascinated with photography and began documenting our various deployments. Since then I have used a wide range of cameras to capture my images. Below is a list of just some of my more frequently used cameras:

  • Technica 4X5 view camera
  • Mamya 645 medium format camera,
  • Canon SX210
  • Canon D5 II
  • Canon 5DS IV
  • Sony NEX 7
  • Sony DSC-HX50V
  • Sony RX-100 II

To augment these cameras, I also use a wide range of lenses and filters to create an image. Most of the lenses are wide angle. In order to allow me to have the same look and feel using a digital camera, several of the digital lenses I use have shift and tilt capabilities. The most popular filters I use are Polarizing and Neutral Density filters.

I believe Fine Art Photography is the combination of artistic vision and science which evokes an emotion in the viewer. In order avail myself of the opportunity to create these images I make it a point to have a quality camera with me at all times. I use the “Beyond the Zone System Process” when developing film negatives and, since I have converted almost completely to digital, I now scan the film negatives and convert them into digital prints. Once the image is captured, whether on a digital card or is scanned film, I now use Light Room as my digital darkroom to prepare both my analog (once scanned) and my digital images to prepare them for Photoshop. It is in Light Room and in Photoshop where my artistic impressions are born.

But, just as I tried to do in the darkroom all those years, I continue to use the best papers, inks and supplies available. All images are printed on archival heavy photography art paper, glossy Photo Rag Baryta, (300 gsm or greater) or matted Photo Rag Bright White, (300 GSM or greater). Photo Rag is the most popular paper chosen by photographers to create high quality fine art prints. The fine, smooth surface and archival nature of Photo Rag make this paper very versatile and ideal for printing photographs and art reproductions with impressive pictorial depth.