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 framed 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 other website nor retail outlet.
My prints are painstakingly crafted and printed from only my very best images; the vast majority 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 my 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 a particular photographer's work and making a purchase.
In the hands of professionals the standard media offered by printer manufacturers such as Epson, Canon and Fuji produces excellent results and works 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 fine art paper.
Fine art papers enhance the quality of the image, and offer other benefits that are not available with other products on the market. Hahnemühle, in particular, have been producing papers for more than 400 years; the impressive feel and conservational properties of their mould made and cotton papers have won them international awards. A premium coating preserves their haptic exclusiveness and guarantees long-lasting true-to-detail prints that meet the requirements of museums and galleries. Hahnemühle inkjet media allow for fine art prints featuring an extensive colour gamut, best contrast and finest nuances for impressive pictures.
I now produce all my prints on a 310 g/m2, 100% a-Cellulose, white German Etching Hahnemühle media. This heavyweight paper is velvety smooth with a fine surface texture and is one of the most popular media worldwide for artwork and photography.
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.
Print dimensions quoted throughout this website refer to the actual size of the printed image.
All my prints are signed.
My images are intended for display professionally mounted and framed; I supply my prints framed in any one of a selection of mouldings that I believe work well with them. These frames are of simple design and made to order by one of the UK's best-known 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 decorated with a single 'V' groove. 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.
Framed prints are discreetly signed and titled within a 15mm margin beneath the image.
All completed framed prints are shipped in customised packaging by carrier to the customer directly from the factory.
I reserve the right to change the specification of my mouldings from time to time and from batch to batch. Although the mouldings will change, I shall ensure continuity in the general appearance of my product range. I do guarantee that any customer who orders several frames in a single order will be supplied with frames made from the same batch of moulding. However, unfortunately I cannot guarantee that any customer who places a return order for frames some time later will receive mouldings from the same batch.