Friday, October 10, 2014

Panoramic Photos

Since 2005 I have had these panoramic photo prints rolled up but never mounted.  While touring Utah and the southwest I made various attempts at wide angle photos using a digital SLR camera. I digitally stitching them together using a function in Photoshop. The best ones were printed at a service in Georgia nine years ago. These are 12 in. high and 48 in. wide or more. I wanted to finally display them properly.

I was referred to Tom Brock to mount them for me. He runs Imagine Fine Art Printing in St. Augustine.

The paper on those old prints had deteriorated so Tom offered to make new prints using his modern Epson giclee printer. With additional editing by both of us the quality of the images improved enormously! There was so much more to see which was lost in the older photos. The mounting was flawless. He offered a black sintra PVC board as the substrate with just a small border to protect the print edges. I did not want glass so he suggested a hanging technique called a French cleat. I was familiar with this when hanging cabinets. It was an ideal way to display these very wide pictures securely, flat and with a shallow space away from the wall.

I enjoyed working on this project with Tom. He is meticulous and demonstrates a mastery of his printing technique. We both had strong memories of these places like Lake Powell and Canyonlands and we shared stories of our times there. He's an excellent resource for photographers and artists in the north Florida area.
Tom Brock in his St. Augustine print shop

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