“Some photographers take reality… and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation.”
I choose to work with a medium that yields the most true to life results and I have come to believe through experience that capture media is film. I work with both black and white negative and color reversal film in the cut of 4×5 “Large Format” and 120 roll film “Medium Format”. Once the film has been processed it is then drum scanned on a Heidelberg D8200 Tango-Primescan, Photo-Multiplier – Tube Drum Scanner which produces a wide dynamic range, exceptional shadow detail and low noise. This produces a “digital negative” with a file size of over 2GBs and a native print size of 70 inches, effectively 362 megapixels which translates to extremely high image quality, dynamic rang and detail in the final print.
To demonstrate the quality and resolution online is not an easy task but as you can see from the demonstration above I have taken a small cropping of the original image and displayed it as a side by side comparison. By clicking on the image it will enlarge for better viewing.
My goal is to produce the purest image possible. All results are achieved through careful in-camera techniques and light, digital darkroom techniques such as burn and dodge. None of the images have been pano-stitched, focus stacked, layer blended or run through an HDR algorithm. Today’s modern digital techniques are nothing short of amazing however I feel they have gone beyond the realm of a realistic representation of the natural world and taken on a digital plasticism much like the surreal world of Avatar. I am often reminded of the old adage “just because you can do something does not mean you should”.