I founded Mountain Images in 1983, and I am pleased and proud of the long-standing reputation that I have achieved for producing specialist and exclusive high quality mountain prints. I continue, today, to exercise the same dedication to perfecting excellence in my prints as I do in creating the outstanding image in the field. My prints are produced individually for each and every customer, and are not available from any high street retail outlet.
Each of my prints represents a unique and lasting record of but a fleeting moment in time. A great deal of skill, care, patience, expertise and dedication has been exercised in recreating the timeless beauty of the mountain world onto a print for your personal enjoyment. I hope that your print from Mountain Images will be a lasting pleasure for many years to come. Sharing and experiencing the emotions expressed through the photographer's image the viewer can, at last, truly appreciate the beauty of the high mountain environment; only then can they fully understand the mountaineer's motives for seeking to return to the summits time and time again.
My prints are painstakingly crafted and printed from only my very best images. The vast majority of those images were captured to strictly observed standards using high end professional cameras and lenses, in particular the Fuji GX617 panoramic camera, one of several Canon EOS full frame digital cameras or, more recently, the Nikon D850 digital camera.
Quality is maintained by respecting the relationship between original image size and final print size; optimising the level of magnification between the two ensures that our prints always contain infinite and crisp subject detail. I carry out only the minimal amount of corrective work on the original digital negatives obtained from scans or in the field; they are not colour enhanced, over-saturated, over-sharpened nor over-worked. Each and every image is an accurate and natural reproduction of the view I saw on the day I captured it.
The appearance and quality of a finished print depends as much upon the printing process and the media used as it does on the actual image itself. This is something that customers frequently overlook when selecting and making a purchase. The standard media offered by printer manufacturers such as Epson or Canon produce excellent results and work perfectly well in most applications. However, for gallery or museum quality prints that are intended to last a lifetime, there is no substitute for a quality paper. Professional papers enhance the quality of the image and offer benefits that are not available with other products on the market and not immediately obvious to the amateur photographer.
I have chosen to produce all my prints on Fotospeed Metallic Gloss Paper. Fotospeed are a market leader in inkjet media manufacture and are used by numerous professional photographers the world over. This ArtSure approved paper has a natural white base with a smooth micro-porous coating and a weight of 275gsm. It has a wide colour gamut, high D-Max (black density) and high gloss finish; it produces ultra sharp high resolution images with bold colours and saturation, making it ideally suited to my subject material which is better described as 'Photographic' rather than 'Fine Art'. Unlike many other photographers I rejected the use of matte papers because they absorb more ink than coated papers and suffer from a phenomenon known as 'dot gain' resulting in an overall loss of image detail and resolution.
The choice of ink is also important and so I print my images on the very latest Epson printers using Ultrachrome HDR pigment inks. These printers take inkjet (giclee) technology to an entirely new level with higher colour accuracy, greater subtlety and smoother gradations. Grass and foliage is much more vivid and natural whilst orange tones in sunrises and sunsets are more dazzling.
My images are intended for display professionally mounted and framed; I supply them framed in any one of a selection of mouldings which I believe work well with them. These frames are of simple design and made to order by one of the UK's best-known and most respected framers. They are produced using only the very best quality materials to an exceptionally high standard by 'Fine Art Trade Guild' craftsmen.
In the framing process, the print is first dry mounted before being placed behind a soft white bevelled mount. This procedure has many benefits; the print surface will remain perfectly flat, it determines and maintains the print's precise position within the frame, it allows the print to 'breathe' when subjected to variations in temperature and humidity, and finally it ensures that the printed surface does not come into contact with the glazing. To reduce the overall frame weight yet maintain strength, all my frames are fitted with Art Screen Clear acrylic glazing to ensure that they are strong, safe and lightweight.