My photographic collection, started in 1986, contains multiple images of all Michigans lighthouses. Each subject may be depicted any of the years four seasons. Each photograph is special ordered and designed to your specifications and is available in four sizes.
If the book, Michigan Lighthouses: An Aerial Photographic Perspective, is used as a guide to select your photographs, it is important to note that the book was printed from color transparencies (positives or slides) and that the enlarged photographs are made from color negatives. Each gives first generation quality in the medium in which it is reproduced. Many photographers, because of lower costs, take the originals in slide form and then make inter-negatives from selected shots to make photographic enlargements.
When flying and photographing, I run three film backs, each possibly with a different type of film, depending on the eventual use. From an aerial photographic standpoint, that lengthens my time over a location because I often repeat the scene with the several different film types. The benefits allow sharper resolution and first generation reproduction, permitting quality enlargements up to 30"x40".
Therefore, images that appear in the book are not identical to enlarged photographs. They may have been taken on the same flight or perhaps at another time. The quality may exceed or be slightly less than the book. However, they always capture the essence of the scene.
Proofs (4"x5") of the several images, depicting the various scenes available, would be mailed and available for viewing. A $25 deposit is required. On return of the proofs, the deposit will be refunded or applied to the purchase price of any order.
The photographs are dry mounted, a process of permanently adhering the print to 3/16-inch foam core. Occurring at a temperature of 175° and under several pounds of pressure, this permanent seal is unaffected by temperature and humidity changes that might otherwise cause wrinkling. The standard border for each photograph is: 16"x20" has a 2-inch border, the 20"x24" and 24"x30" have 3-inch borders and the 30"x40" has a 3- or 4-inch border.
Any combination of mats, including color (regular or black core or suede), border size, bevel-cut or V groove, is available. I have been recently intrigued in doing the French Mat Cut, which I find a difficult, but pleasing combination. Frame styles and colors with regular or special glass may be selected. Non-glare glass reduces reflections but also diffuses the image. The further its distance from the print, the greater this effect. Its use is discouraged. Alternatives are Perfect Vue, Image Perfect or Sandel Crystal View glass. These glasses are virtually indistinguishable when viewed up to approximately 30° on each side. However, it is best cleaned with alcohol. If an image is exposed to any degree of sunlight, glass with UV protection is recommended.
I personally cut my aluminum framing from 10 foot lengths of Nielsen stock with a Frued carbide tipped, 100 tooth ferrous metal blade to assure quality mitering. The 16"x20" prints are often framed with a 1-inch deep, style #15; the 20"x24" and 24"x30" photos may use the 1½-inch style #71. A heavier and more stylish #90 frame is used with the 24"x30" and the 30"x40" to add sufficient rigidity. Normally, four to five colors are carried in stock.
The wood frames used are produced by a Michigan manufacturer using native hardwoods, mostly oak and elm. They are solid stock wood, not laminated sections covered with a veneer. They are priced the same as the style #90 frame. Wood frames can vary considerably in cost, and special frames and prices are available by request.
Each photograph is inscribed by me in gold ink with the lighthouse name printed in the lower left corner and my signature in the lower right. Laser printed plaques with a description of the lighthouse, mounted on two pieces of black core, bevel-cut mat board and suitable for display, are available at $10 each.
Todays technology provides the very best of organic dyes used in color processing. Every effort has been made to insure the stability of the photographs. They will retain their brilliance for many years when displayed under normal office or household lighting conditions. However, exposure to excessive ultraviolet radiation will affect the colors over time. Care should be taken to display the photographs away from sunlight. Presentation under glass will not prevent this process.
*An aerial photo contains an infinite amount of detail. The use of a medium format camera and a fine grain negative film provides quality and detail in the reproduction and display of large prints. Therefore, 11"x14" prints are available only when used to compliment other photos in a sequence or a montage. I would be pleased to make recommendations on any of the preceding.
The base photograph price is delivered dry mounted on 3/16-inch foam core with the standard border. An additional charge is applicable for larger than standard size border, frame, glass and so on.
A 6% sales tax is applicable to all Michigan sales. Orders may require 4-6 weeks for delivery.
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