My passion for photography comes from a constant engagement in absorbing the beauty that has been so masterfully displayed in creation. No matter what I see, whether a tree, a flower, a lake, the ocean, mountains, or an amazing grand landscape, they all evoke a feeling or mood which impacts me and each individual differently. My work in photography is the careful capture and artistic reproduction of what I perceived and felt at the time of the capture.
Photography is an art. As such, individual expressions and styles are very appropriate. It is the creativity displayed through different expressions and styles styles that enables the presentation of images that accurately convey the passion a photographer feels about the subject. There is no right or wrong style in the art of photography, there is only individual creative styles which we must respect and enjoy.
Indulging yourself in viewing a piece of Fine Art Photography is an experience which goes beyond the eye. There is a stimulation of the imagination and the heart that comes from the colors and shapes displayed in an image. It is my desire that the images you will view in my digital galleries will stimulate and inspire your heart.
Lightroom, Photoshop and a myriad of plug-in softwares are almost an inescapable part of the artistic process that every image goes through. Whether the presentation of the images takes place online or carful crafting for printing is being done, most images if not all will need adjustments. There is endless discussion about how much processing is enough or just too much. Let us always remember, no matter the brand or technological capabilities of any camera, it has its own limitations. Therefore the use of wonderful tools like Photoshop and others is a necessity and not a violation to this great art of photography. Personally, I thoroughly enjoy the process of making the image in my camera as much as the post processing and the actual printing of it. Some colleagues don't enjoy the post processing as much. While I understand the feeling because the heart of a true photographer is always longing for more images, I must admit that in my case, my artistic passion includes the steps I take in Photoshop to obtain the final image which started in the field.
My gear of choice is exclusively Canon cameras and lenses. I currently work with:
- Canon 5D MKIII
- Canon EF 17-40 L 4.0
- Canon EF 24-70 L 2.8
- Canon EF 70-200 L 2.8 IS
- Canon EF 100 2.8 Macro
- Lee Filters (Polarizers & GND)
- Really Right Stuff Tripod
- Really Right Stuff Ball Head
No digital rendition can ever really do full justice to a photograph. The impact of a carefully printed image is unparalleled. Some time ago, Greg Anderson, a friend and fellow photographer said this to me, "You are not a photographer until you print your work". I went ahead and bought a small inexpensive printer and the result was an even greater passion for the art. Later on, I acquired a large format printer and I'm convinced it was the way to go. Though cost will prove to be a positive factor, there is an immense benefit to printing my own work. I can execute the process myself and actually see the print come out a few feet away from where I sit. Make immediate adjustments if needed, test different papers and settings until I achieve the desired presentation.
I believe that haste is an enemy of quality, that is the reason why I take however long I need to in order to produce a Fine Art Print that truly conveys what I want it to, thus fulfilling my own expectations and hopefully, those of the viewers and buyers.
All photographs on my website are available in the highest quality, acid free, archival papers in existence in the market today. After many tests with different brands and types of papers, I now make my prints exclusively on Hahnemühle media. I'm convinced these papers will satisfy the most discriminating taste when it comes to a printed photograph. I choose the paper type in which the image looks its best. There are three different paper options:
Smooth Gloss Surface are Prints made on:
Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta Satin
Hahnemüehle Photo Rag Baryta
Matt Surface Prints are Made on:
Hahnemühle Museum Etching (Textured matt surface)
Black and White Prints are Made on:
Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta
My photographs are printed using Ex-Lucia pigmented inks, which guarantee longevity that ranges between 75 to 100 years. I personally print all photographs and submit each one to a very rigorous process of inspection prior to shipping