Mountain Images was founded by Ian Evans in 1983, and we are pleased and proud of the long-standing reputation that we have achieved for producing specialist and exclusive high quality mountain prints. We continue, today, to exercise the same dedication to perfecting excellence in our prints as Ian does in creating the outstanding image in the field. Our prints are produced individually for each and every customer, and are not available from any other website nor retail outlet.
Our prints are painstakingly crafted and printed from only Ian's 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.
We 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 Ian saw on the day he 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 and fine art 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.
We have chosen to produce all our prints on Fotospeed Photo Smooth Pearl 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 290gsm. It has a wide colour gamut and high D-Max (black density) and produces ultra sharp high resolution images, making it ideally suited to our subject material. Unlike many other photographers we 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 we print our 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.