Buying Photo's

If you like any of the pictures it is of course possible to buy them. Below the images there is a shopping cart with different possibilities and prices. There are different options for size, paper, and mounting. Shipping mounted and especially framed pictures is rather complicated and expensive, especially for large prints. I can keep the shipping costs down for The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium as I live near the place where the three countries meet.

Printing

I prefer to do the printing myself as this gives me control over the final image. I feel that the printing has a major influence on the final result and I therefore consider this an essential part of my work. I use an Epson Stylus Photo R2880 printer with the original Epson UltraChrome K3 archival ink and fine art paper. I bought it as I found the black and white images from this printer very, very nice. Much better then I had seen thus far from any non-professional printer. An extra for me was the many ways you could fine tune the quality. For each image I optimise the printing procedure by making several proofs with different kinds of paper, just like one would do in the dark room in analogue photography. I calibrate the process by preparing my own profiles for each type of paper and as I found out that different charges of paper can give different results, I check the profiles with every new batch using a Datacolor spectrocolorimeted. As the ink quality is very constant, re-profiling for a new ink batch is not really necessary. This procedure works great and gives good and reproducible results. It is however a bit time consuming and expensive as I need to spend at least 1 sheet of paper per package. In the buying options I list the type of paper that I found to give the best result for that image, but if you want another combination, feel free to ask. I tried many different papers from a variety of suppliers, but in the end decided to focus on a few selected makes of papers. Like in the old darkroom, every paper responds differently and it is a sound strategy to learn how to use some papers to perfection, rather then to use a wide range of suppliers and types of paper. For the general prints I use Ilford Galerie paper: Smooth Glossy, Smooth Pearl or Gold Fibre Silk. These give very good results and the paper has a good weight and thickness. For special images I prefer the Hahnemuhle papers. They are superior in haptic and surface structure, but they are more difficult to use. The Ilford papers generally just need 1 or 2 proofs to get a nice result, but the Hahnemuhle papers have a smaller gamut. The blacks aren’t as deep as with e.g. the Ilford Smooth Glossy, and that requires some more fiddling with the density settings in the printer driver to get a perfect result. I primarily use them for Black and White prints and again, depending on the image, I use: Photo Rag, Photo Rag Bright White, and Photo Rag Satin. The latter is also nice for colour images. Hahnemuhle Bamboo is another favourite of mine, but due to the colour (defenitly yellowish) it has limited application, but with the right image, the result can be spectacular. The same goes for Hahnemuhle German Etching.Unfortunately, they are rather expensive and as I don’t have a high turn-over I can only every now and then buy a pack. At the moment the largest size I can print myself is A3+, which is 329 by 483 mm (13.0”x19.0”). I have used a professional Lab for printing larger sizes, up to 1000x1500 mm. They also use Epson printers with original Epson UltraChrome K3 ink and the same Hahnemuhle papers I use. In general this gives results that are a very close match to what I get. It is however expensive, ask for a quote.