Puffishing

Well, that was a busy weekend … thank you, everyone who dropped in to the Open House to view my prints and cards – which was over two hundred and seventy people, looking at and chatting with me about the large canvas prints on display, as well as the smaller mounted prints and cards that were available to browse.

There were a few new prints and card designs on show, and I’ll be updating the website this month to include them – starting with two new sets of cards which, like the tern pictures that were launched a few months ago, consist of six different designs printed on square cards, available at £1 each or £5 for the set of six.

The two new sets are “Puffishing”: puffins hanging out on the Isle of May this summer … with their catches of fish hanging out of their beaks ; and “St Monans in the snow”, whose cards show different sections of the panorama of the same name that is available to buy on a large 120 x 30cm canvas.

You can view all three sets on the cards page.

Happy #WorldPhotographyDay

It’s World Photography Day. On 19 August 1839, the French government bought the patent for the Daguerreotype process, developed by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce, and announced it would be “free to the world”.

More info on https://worldphotoday.com/

St Monans Arts Festival

My kitchen will once again become a gallery for the local Community Arts Festival on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September – so please drop in to check out my photographs and images. In addition to the new cards and prints that were prepared for the East Neuk Open Studios in July, there will be quite a few new wildlife and landscape designs available – I’ll post more info soon.

For more about the Arts Festival, visit the local St Monans website and its Facebook page.

Chasing Rainbows

A new set of images now available as cards and prints – rainbows over the sea and harbour of St Monans …

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The Spring Collection …

It looks like winter is finally behind us, so while the prints of St Monans in the snow and cute robins are still available, I’m busy lining up new prints that reflect the change of season, including wildlife such as seabirds and squirrels, and landscapes with great skies, sunrises and sunsets.

I’ll be adding them as a series of pages, each displaying a slideshow of images that are available at a particular size or aspect ratio.

I’m starting off with prints designed to fit A4 frames, a page each for landscape and portrait, and these will be followed by pages for panoramic images, square images, and so on.

First up is A4 Landscape. I’ll be adding more images to this and the other pages as time goes on, so be sure to check back periodically for the expanded range as it becomes available.

To whet your appetite, here is a photo of a cormorant, drying out near to the East Pier, St Monans:

Note that the imagenic website address is only there as a watermark for the online preview, not on prints as sold (they may have a very discrete signature, but that’s all).

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 prints 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

 

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!