St Monans in Mono

St Monans in the Snow (monochrome)

I’m always happy to consider bespoke requests, whether for a print from a photo on the blog, or a particular size, mount, frame, material, or as here, a request for a black and white version of the first Imagenic offering, the 120cm x 30cm canvas print of St Monans in the Snow.

This could have been done by using a straight greyscale conversion, but it was intended for display in a room which already has a black and white drawing, so I decided to prepare several versions using different styles of rendering the shading in black and white, including ones that resembled ink and pencil sketches and line drawings. I’m pleased to say that we agreed that one of the sketch styles was best, since it gave a good range of shades will retaining detail. You can’t see that detail in the picture above, as its scale is reduced 1:10, but to show you what it looks like at full resolution, here is a section of the picture.

cropped area of St Monans in the Snow in monochrome

 

Christmas is coming …

Since setting up as a business, I’ve sold a few prints and the cards are now selling well. Maybe you are thinking about ordering a print for Christmas, or would like a few seasonal cards of St Monans in the Snow, robins and other wildlife?

If so, please note that I don’t yet carry a big stock. I have a handful of prints to let people see what photos look like on canvas or aluminium, and I can print smaller glossy photos, but if I need to order prints, that takes a few days, and it may take longer as Christmas approaches. Likewise, I have a few hundred cards, but if I get big orders, it will take a few days to restock.

So if you are thinking about ordering a print or cards, please let me know sooner rather than later … thanks.

Copper Reflections, Aluminium Print

This is the latest print available from Imagenic.

It’s experimental – the first one I’ve had printed on aluminium. Looking at those copper-coloured reflections in the water, this picture seemed an obvious candidate for the process.

The result is a sharp and reflective image that in the right light has an impression of depth within the picture that needs to be seen to be appreciated – so if you are in the St Monans area and would like to see it, let me know.

I also have some samples of canvas prints, including the St Monans Landmarks and the St Monans in the Snow panoramas featured in previous posts.

The above print on aluminium at 60cm x 40cm is currently available at £80

 

Seasons Greetings

Thanks to everybody who commented on the card designs. I have taken the ones that received the most positive feedback, and now present the Imagenic Christmas / winter range

All cards are blank inside for your message and so suitable for use at any time, but there is a winter theme that makes them particularly suitable for the festive season. The reverse of the card includes a title / collection name, logo and links to this website and photo blog posts that give more information about the images.

Panoramas (105 x 210 mm) – £1 each; ten for £6

A6 (105 x 148 mm) and square (135 mm) – 80p each; ten for £5

 

The following selections are available at £5 for ten cards

  • St Monans in the Snow – the 6 square cards, 2 of the Kirk at Sunset, plus 2 of the panoramas (your choice)
  • Robins (2 of each of 5 designs)
  • Nature (1 each of the robins, 2 squirrels, a chaffinch, a deer and a sunset heron on Elie beach)
  • Lucky dip – mixture of St Monans and nature cards

If you would like to order cards, please email dave@imagenic.uk or send me a message via the Imagenic facebook page / messenger.

The white stuff

As promised, some more photos of St Monans with lots of snow on the ground, harbour and roofs, with a view to getting feedback on what would make good seasonal greetings cards.

Including some text was suggested, so that has been done on a few – what do you think, would you prefer a picture with or without writing? (the imagenic logo is just there as an online watermark and will not appear on the photos when they are used for cards)

Of course, if you want to order personalised cards, the choice is yours … maybe your house or boat is in one of the photos and you want a batch with that design – if so, just ask.

And for a further option, any of the above can be squashed to fit the square card …

     

Tell me what you want …

What you really, really want …

A few folk have said they would like to have Christmas cards featuring local views. So I have been working on some designs that I can produce in small batches. Now I want feedback on what photos and formats people would prefer, and I’m asking you to give me that feedback and to tell me what you want via comments on this page, email or the social media to which this blog is linked.

The cards I have done so far are without any text or greeting, so that they are suitable for Christmas cards but could also be used on other occasions. Many of them are photographs of St Monans taken when the village was covered in a blanket of snow – white roofs, white roads and boats, creels and piers coated in white too. Some were even taken while the snow was falling … or in the mist at sunset …

  

And there are a few seasonal creatures too, some taken in St Monans. I mean, I couldn’t do a set of cards without including a wee robin. And I’m also branching out a bit with a design using a photo of a deer on a digitally painted background …

  

I have supplies of cards that I can print and fold to the following sizes: 135mm square (that’s about five and a half inches in old money); A6 size (148x105mm); and some that are 210x105mm (pretty much the standard DL envelope size). They will be supplied individually wrapped with an envelope. The starting price for the cards will probably be a pack of ten mixed designs of small cards for a fiver. If you want bespoke sizes, larger cards, glossy cards, bigger batches, etc., then (as with everything) speak to me and we’ll discuss the options.

Here’s another design featuring the Kirk, and I’ll post some more designs in another post – if I get your wants and comments, I’ll take them on board with further designs.

 

Lining up the Landmarks

Over the years, I’ve taken a lot of photographs of St Monans’ landmarks, individually and collectively. From a few places, they are all visible and almost aligned. By carefully picking your viewpoint – a few yards can make a big difference – they can appear side by side. Move far enough away, use a telephoto lens, and the compression effect can make them look much closer together than the mile or so that lies between the castle and the windmill.

I’ve used this technique many times over the years. Along with variations in the viewpoint, factors such as the season, the tide, the time of day and the weather combine to make every set of results different. As sunset approaches, the fading light presents challenges and opportunities. And sometimes there are other incidental features that add to the magic of the scene – figures in the distance on the coastal path, waves crashing over the harbour, sheep grazing, a bird landing on a fence in the foreground …

I have exhibited some of these images at the Arts Festival, and used them on the village website and facebook page since setting those up nearly ten years ago. Now I am making them available to order in a range of sizes and formats.

The first image can be supplied as a 90cm by 30cm photocanvas for £80 (other sizes, mount and framing options on request).

The image above is a low resolution version of the print. The image below gives a closer view when you click on it (it will open up as a separate tab or page).

A second image from the same series of photographs is available with a 2:1 aspect ratio – I can supply it as a 80cm by 40cm photo on canvas for £80; or 100cm by 50cm canvas for £100. Other sizes and formats on request.

St Monans in the snow

Welcome to Imagenic

The first picture to be featured on the website is a panorama of St Monans, taken during the snowy winter of 2010.

It shows the entire vista of the village that can be seen from atop the east pier harbour wall, with the kirk at the far left and the windmill just visible in the distance on the right. Many of St Monans’ houses in the harbour and Braehead areas are seen in good detail, with the west pier and creel strewn middle pier in the foreground.

An interesting feature (that also pinpoints when the photographs were taken) is the partly demolished Miller’s boat shed on the right of the panorama.

The picture is a composite image created from a dozen overlapping photographs. The width of the resulting panorama was originally over eleven times its height, but the image has then been squashed to a 4×1 aspect ratio.

I had the idea of doing this when I wanted to use it as a featured image on my photo blog. I liked the result so much that I made it into a 120 cm x 30 cm canvas photo print which I have subsequently exhibited. Other people clearly find it a fascinating image too, so after several requests, I am now making copies available to buy.

This 120cm x 30cm photo canvas is available from £80 (price on 2cm stretcher frame, other options on request)

Please contact me to discuss availability in other formats, delivery, or if you are in the St Monans area, to arrange to view the canvas print of this image.

And since I don’t carry big stocks of prints, if you fancy one for Christmas, don’t leave it too late – give me time to order extra copies if I need them!