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Great care has been taken to ensure that the images shown on this web site are as accurate a representation of the actual physical photograph as possible. However, due to variations in such things as computer monitor colour calibration, web page colour range/depth and loss of fidelity in converting photographs to web images, what you see on the screen is only an indication of the quality of the finished photograph.

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The Photograph

Each and every photograph takes time and effort to obtain:

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  • researching the area to find a suitable location
  • getting to the location by necessary means: car, foot, bike, boat, skis....
  • finding the "right" position for the location
  • calculating light angles, times and positions
  • being there at the right time
  • capturing the moment on film

 

The results of this time and effort are shown in the images on this web site.

Each photograph is captured on traditional film ( usually Velvia 50 & 100 ), in a suitable format (10*8in, 10*4in, 5*4in or 6*17cm, 6*9cm or 6*7cm ) according to the scene and the desired end result. No colour filters are used to enhance the photograph, however various techniques are used in the taking of the photograph to overcome the limitations of camera and film ( dynamic range, colour gamut, colour faithfulness etc ), so that the photograph will appear true to how it was originally viewed by the photographer.

The processed film is then scanned on a high-end oil-mount drum scanner for the highest fidelity, accuracy and depth of colour, to a digital file. Typical file sizes range from 400Mb to 1.1 Gb, depending on film format.

The Print

Once the digital file is finished, a test print is made to check for faithful and true reproduction of the scene. Final adjustments are made to the file, and this completes the production of the photograph.

Each photograph is printed for the customer on long life Kodak Endura photographic paper. The print process is not an inkjet type photograph, but RGB exposed photographic paper, similar to traditional enlarger & silver halide type processing, but done in a computerised print machine.

The longevity of Kodak Endura is claimed to be between 100 to 200 years before significant loss of colour, provided proper care is taken of your photograph, but no guarentees. See "Care of your Photograph" below.

After printing, the photograph is checked for quality, Signature Series photographs are next personally signed and numbered by the photographer, and then the photograph is carefully prepared for framing or despatch.

All of our fine art photographs are made to order. That is, the file is not sent off to the print lab until an order is received. Hence, as you can well imagine, the process as outlined above, takes time. Depending on the size of the photograph and the finished required, product MAY take as long as 4 weeks from date of order until your receive the order.

Using the digital equivalent of traditonal darkroom methods continues the process of overcoming the limitations of the capture methods, to bring the finished print back to a faithful reproduction of what the photographer saw at the moment of capture.

Framing

ALL overseas orders are sold unframed. Your purchase will be inspected, then carefully prepared for overseas shippment, and dispatched to your chosen address. There will be included a sheet of suggested instructions to have your photograph properly mounted for your intended framer to read.

You may wish to have your fine art photograph framed by a local framer instead of by us, should you not like the choice of frame & mat we offer. This is fine. We carefully roll up your photograph, make it suitably ready for transport, and despatch your photograph to you.

It would be wise to first check with your intended framer to see if they are in fact able to carry out the task. Our largest photographs may be beyond the capabilities of some framing shops. e.g. it is recommended that all Signature Series photographs be permanently pressure mounted to a neutral substrate such as aluminium or forex (not MDF) to avoid the likely result of the photograh eventually not sitting flat within the frame. This is a result of the size of the photograph, mounting methods, humidity etc.

If you wish to have your order framed locally with your choice of frame and mat but would like to avoid possible damage to the photograph, we can pressure mount your photograph for you and despatch it to you in this manner. This means the local framer only has to "drop" the photograph into your choice of frame combination. This service is only available at time of order. Check the "pressure mount" option on the order page.

Signature Series: All Signature Series photographs are carefully mounted on a non-reactive, pH neutral base by pressure mounting. The double mat is pH neutral, archival quality board. The glass is picture frame quality float glass. Only quality materials are used to ensure the long life of your investment. The larger size Signature Series photographs ( 60" and above) will use quality Acrylic instead of glass.

We do not use MDF as a backing mount because of the tendency of MDF to absorb moisture over time, which may result in discolouring of your quality photograph. We do not use non-acidic only mat board as they may be alkaline, which may have the same marked effect on the photograph.

Deluxe Photographs: All of the Deluxe range of photographs are carefully framed using quality materials. Deluxe photographs are mounted, matted and framed according to our strict standards, and individually inspected to ensure the high standard of workmanship is maintained.

Delivery Times

At the moment, all photographs are by order only. There is no stock held. Hence, there is a time span from the receipt of order, printing the photograph, having it mounted, framing & despatch/delivery.

Current delivery times are approximately as follows: (Australia only, for overseas, pls email for times)

Photograph

Approx. time - weeks

 
Travel Print 1
Deluxe (print only) 2
Deluxe (print & mount) 3
Deluxe (print & frame) 3
Deluxe (print, mount & frame) 4
Signature Series (print only) 3
Signature Series (print & mount) 3
Signature Series (print, mount & frame) 4

Care of your Photograph

The photographic and framing materials used are designed for a long life, and although no guarantees can be given, should last approximately 100 years and more before any appreciable fading of the photograph occurs as long as it is displayed with appropriate care. The following suggestions should be followed to prolong as much as possible the preservation of the photograph.

Arranging your photographs: A large stunning picture can easily dominate a large wall area by itself, however a small pictue on a large wall will seem overpowered. Hence it may be necessary to wall mount a number of smaller pictures. If there is a number of pictures to be mounted on a wall, they should have a commonality to them all. Such commonality could be the dominant colour, or subject or style of picture. Mounting and framing styles should also be similar.

Framed photographs should be mounted on the wall somewhere between sitting and standing eye level. Where there is a number of photographs to be mounted, they should be evenly spaced with side or top edges aligned. Don't be afraid to "break the rules." Try out your intended mounting pattern on the floor first, to check that it looks balanced.

Hanging: Be careful on the placement of your photograph, they are not beyond being damaged.
Do not hang your photograph where it will be subject to direct sunlight. The UV from direct sunlight will accelerate the fading process. Also avoid
excessive heat and humidity or dramatic changes in heat or humidity. Such places as basements, attics, near heating ducts or bathrooms are not
recommended for this reason. Direct sunlight, heat and humidity may have detremental effects on your photograph, such as fading, discolouration, staining and fungal growth.