Yesterday I printed three new images. Actually, there were two and another one a few days before. Two images are motifs from my current fall project, one an abstract architectural photo taken in Düsseldorf’s Medienhafen. Here are the prints and some background information.
I already published this image on FlickR a few weeks ago. I found the leaves exactly like this on the ground and did not change them in their arrangement to each other. The process of composition was therefore limited to the selection and rotation of the image section. For the fact that nature has virtually thrown this beautiful arrangement at my feet, I am very grateful.
I love to print pictures with frames. As I’ve said elsewhere, the frame helps me perceive the edges of the image more clearly as an element of the overall composition. Specifically, this means that the picture’s always perfectly horizontal and vertical edges stand out more clearly against diagonals and curves in the photo, accentuating them.
Hahnemühle’s German Etching Paper has a medium-strong structure that gives textures in the image a subtle three-dimensionality without being too obtrusive. However, I wouldn’t use the paper on minimalist photos with a lot of bright negative space, but it works quite well on this image.
Water Vegetation #8
I took this shot a couple of weeks ago in the middle of October on the banks of the Pfingstsee (= Pentecost Lake). With the smooth water surface, the single stick as its main element, and some degree of semi-transparency in the water at the bottom of the frame, it struck me as a good opportunity for a minimalist shot.
Hahnemühle PhotoRag 308 Paper is considerably smoother than German Etching Paper but still has a distinct structure that complements the grain I added to the photo on post-production without interfering with its minimalist feel.
Hyatt Regency on Steroids
This photograph shows the somewhat iconic buildings of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany, as seen in the reflection of the egg-shaped mirrored café right next to it. Unfortunately, in my usual shooting frenzy, I had failed to see this frame in the field and only realized what I had back at home at the computer. I will have to go back there to see if there are more exciting angles with differently distorted reflections. I can see countless distorted grins and faces in this frame which is why I found it interesting enough to print it.
I used Hahnemühle PhotoRag 308 Paper for this print, too. It is an excellent, well-rounded paper that you just can’t go wrong with.
So, this is it, three more prints. While I find printing highly enjoyable, I still have to figure out what to do with the prints apart from storing them in an archival box. I can’t hang them all, and people aren’t precisely cueing to purchase them – which I didn’t really expect to happen, by the way, as they are not mainstream enough to sell well.
This brings me to the point that if you wish to purchase any of my prints (or unprinted photos), feel free to use the contact page to ask for the pricing. You might find some of my images a nice last-minute Christmas present. I can print up to DIN A2 myself, so don’t hesitate to ask if you are interested.
Do you find that perfect sharpness isn’t as important when looking at an image from a distance? I would make prints occasionally just to see what it looks like on paper but without a printer it costs about $10 a piece. Your prints for sale are amazing-I love the elephant!