Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Website, New Portfolios, New Gift Prints, NEW NEW NEW

Oak Saplings in Fog, Sierra Nevada Foothills, California

Oak Saplings in Fog,
Sierra Nevada Foothills, California

3.2 sec at f/22, focal length: 29mm, ISO 100, Aperture Priority,
- December 2, 2008 at 5:24pm PST. Photographed with Canon EOS 20D, EF 17-40mm f/4L, Tripod Mounted

You may have noticed that the blog has gotten a bit of a face lift. Well that was to mirror my new website at New portfolios have been added (a couple more may be on the way soon) and new images have been added to the existing ones. I've also added Special Edition 'Gift' Prints and an Inventory Sale page as an option to purchase any of my images at a very inexpensive price. There's even a 'buy 3 get the 4th free' deal, so check it out. And finally, new Services have been added, including private workshops and custom image file processing.

Please take a look around, let me know what you think and enjoy!


  1. Congrats John. You picked a great image to showcase your new site. My personal favorite and my daily inspiration!

  2. What a great photo! This has got to be one of my favorites of your shots so far.

  3. great website my friend, very impressive.

  4. The subtle tones in this shot are just mesmerizing John. It seems the more you spend time with it, the more details that reveal themselves.

  5. Thanks for all the good vibes guys! This shot has actually been featured here on this blog before, as Jeff already knows:). It's becoming sort of a defining image for me so I found it fitting to run it again to announce my new website.

    I know it's always hard to find enough time, but if you get the chance, I'd recommend going back through the archives. I'd like to think there's some good work/posts hidden in there and A LOT of images that are not included in my portfolios.

    But enough of the shameless self-promotion. What I really want to say is thanks again for coming by and taking the time to leave feedback.



  6. Hey John, some other thoughts - is it tough to print this image? I am curious if you need to use a particular type paper to insure all of the tones are well represented.

  7. Hi Mark, I had had some trouble with banding at first in the smooth gradations. The banding was not in the file as a result of processing or anything of that sort. So usually when that's the case, it's caused by the printer and the first thing I try is rotating the print so if normally printing in landscape format I'd switch to portrait, or vice versa. The second thing I do, if rotating the image doesn't work, is add a slight bit of noise on a new layer filled with 50% gray and set to the "Soft Light" blend mode. Fortunately for me, with this image, simply rotating the print took care of the banding.

    As far as paper, I've only printed this image on one paper so far, Canon's Heavyweight Satin, which I think is a fantastic semi-gloss finish with a really nice weight (300gsm). It is able to retain very subtle tonal seperations and offers nice, rich colors. I had no problem ensuring tonal seperations even with it being such a dark image. The Canon ipf6100 has been an incredible printer to work with, and it helps that I apprentice for a former Canon Printmaster and have access to custom made profiles directly from canon! A well made profile will get you a long way, but I still think adjustments would need to be made if I were to print this on watercolor and definitely if I were to print on Canvas.

    Thanks again Mark and I hope this helps answer your question. You can ask Jeff (the first commenter in this string of comments) what he thinks. He has a 16"x24" print of this image hanging in his office!


  8. Stunning. It reminds me of how elephants will surround their young for protection. My favorite moments in life are when nature is its own reflection. Then again we are all but a mirror.