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"A Light in the Sky"

Witsand Nature Reserve, Norhern Cape, South Africa

 

From the

"Ancient Africa"

Collection

 

This Exclusive Artwork is Limited to an Edition of Ten Prints only

 

Medium: Photographic Archival Print

About this Photograph

Ask almost any landscape photographer and you will hear that the best time to photographe a landscape is during the so called "golden hour", the period as the sun rises or sets.

 

Ask me the same question and I will tell you that is correct, that is, if you want your images to look similar to the millions of landscape photography images captured every other day. 

 

But I want my work to be unique. So at midday, in the blistering heat of the Kalahari sun, I set out to photograph this magnificent tree with the biggest sociable weavers nest inside that I have ever seen.

 

With the bright sunlight beating straight down, an unusual pattern of shadows was cast onto the shimmering sand below. To me that resembled a reflection of the twisted branches in the sand.

 

The light was also perfectly positioned to wrap around the tops of the banches creating a beautiful rim lighting effect whilst brushing the tips of the thatch that made up the nest. 

 

A sociable weavers nest can have well in excess of 200 - 300 birds, each with their own entrance. The nest is perfectly temperature stable inside due to its design. Sometimes the nest gets so large and heavy, that it collapses to the ground and they simply start all over again from scratch.

 

My efforts and endurance of the unbearable heat was well rewarded and I was pleased with what I had capotured. However, it was only when I returned home that I noticed that there was a beautiful graduated bright patch of sky right behind the tree exacly in line with the nest. Apart from using filters, I do not use post processing tequinques in my work to manipulate my images. But this incredible light in the sky was there and I had not put it there.

 

I was naturally very entrigued so after doing some reserach and plotting the position of the sun at 13:27, the exact time of the exposure, I discovered to my amazement that the light was an upward reflection from the face of an extremely large white sand dune situated just over the horizon and out of view of my shot.

 

The white dune (named "Witsand") was formed by centuries of leaching of the red oxide found in the common red dunes of the region and so I named this image accordingly.

 

 

 

 

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Archival Paper Prints

 

All Limited Edition Prints are made using Gallery Quality Archival Pigment Inks on Fine Art Paper, guaranteed to last a lifetime.

 

These Edition Prints are only made in large scale format starting from a printed image dimension of 800mm  (long side) to a maximum image dimension of 1400mm (long side)

 

All printed images come standard with an additional narrow white border (+- 50mm) suitable for framing or mounting.

 

Extra wide white borders on paper prints are optional.

 

Edition Paper Prints with white borders are embossed by the artist with a unique embossing stamp and hand written edition number and unique serial number on back.

 

Prints / face mountings are inscribed with a hand written unique serial number and image details on the reverse side.

 

Prints to be framed or mounted with no white border include a digitized signature made from the original artist's signature and hand written unique serial number and edition details on back of mounting.

 

 

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Our skilled master framing partners handle the optional framing of our fine art prints where required by our valued clients,

 

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Frames to suit your style and space.

 

Our frames are crafted especialy for you from a wide variety

of carefully chosen traditional or schick modern materials, maticulously assembled by hand and designed with passion.

 

Our framing experts are seasoned arists too. They will will guide you through the all important framing process by tailoring suggestions to your requirements, enabling you to show off your artworks and enjoy your new aquasitions for many years to come..

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Acrylic Face Mounting

An innovative method to mount the face of the photo to acrylic or iron-free glass with special UV inhibited silicone rendering a high gloss appearance and 3D-like effect enriched with vibrant colours and deep blacks. Mounted on a strurdy 18mm aluminium frame with flush mount hangers behind, the image not only hangs parallel with the wall but also appears to float. 

 

We use fine art paper for the most exceptional rendering of your art. The final product is stable and can withstand temperature and humidity changes. This process is free of bubbles and silvering often found when using double-sided adhesive.

 

DiaMount® to Plexiglass (RSA clients only)

 

Manufactured using 3mm Plexiglass, to which the images are face-mounted. Once the image has rested, it’s then backed by a rigid aluminium composite material (ACM), like Dibond®, encapsulating the print in an airtight sandwich. This process offers you a modern contemporary feel whereby it appears to be floating on a wall. Yet we’re not limited to this finish as it can also be framed, giving you that timeless classic look. Discuss your preferences with our consultants.

 

Diasec® Face Mount Prints to Acrylic

(USA and International clients only)

 

Diasec is a museum approved method of print preservation and presentation.

A fine art print is sandwiched behind an acrylic glazing and another archival substrate. The adhesive used in a real Diasec is a silicon adhesive combined with a proprietary product that ensures a complete and permanent bond. Unlike sticky film based acrylic face mounts that look similar, Diasec is engineered to never separate, peel, or fail. 

 

Diasec Acrylic Print Mounting provides the extra smooth and extra pop visual benefits you will see. This is the premier presentation system for bringing detail, color and tonal range to life in a way that traditional photo framing cannot. For this presentation style we print on Select Giclee Pigment Papers and Fuji Flex polyester photographic material for amazing color and longevity (black and white images also look fantastic on these materials).

 

Face Mounted on lens-grade optically clear 1/4″ acrylic, the edges are sanded to a smooth satin finish or hand polished for a crystal clear look (Polishing not available with giclée papers). The face mount to acrylic plex comes backer-less, or with your choice of backer materials and hanging hardware: an optional metal french cleat style hanging system or stand-offs. Square corners are standard, rounded corners are available.

 

The contemporary look of this photo mounting presentation method is ideal for artwork and images that really pop. An acrylic face mount print will look great against most any wall type.

 

TruLife® Acrylic

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The TruLife® Acrylic is an optional extra and provides the added benefit of increased contrast, significantly lower reflections and a surface that is more resistant to scratches.

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Meet Our Printing and Framing Partners

Our Print and Framing studios include some of the most reputable internationally recognised print providers around. Like the many professional artists from around the globe, we too adopted the highest industry standards when making our choice of printers so that you can have absolute confidence in their work. We have an exceptionally good relationship with them which means that they will take extra care of your valued artwork.

 

You can read all about them below.

Johannesburg, South Africa 

Fine Art Printing & Professional Image Reproduction

 

We have a long and very good relatioship with this highly professional printing company. Nothing is ever left to chance and the attention to detail, service and quality of their work is nothing short of "exceptional"  We are extremely fortunate to have such an amazing team of experts looking after our fine art prints.

 

Silvertone International was established specifically for the discerning artist and photographer – those demanding the highest standards of image reproduction for books, art catalogues, digital fine art prints (in colour or black & white), B&W film processing and handprints. Drawing on decades of experience, and coupled with the latest digital technology Silvertone can ensure complete control over print detail, colour, contrast, saturation and sharpness. At Silvertone, our personal interest and involvement in each project we undertake are born from an obsession with the photographic process and a love for the printed image. Our objective is always to exceed your expectations, that is why every piece of work is handled with sensitivity and care as we apply our art, to enhance yours.

 

The Silvertone team is lead by the German perfectionist, Andreas Kahlau with more than 40 years experience in the industry.

Pretoria, South Africa 

QUALITY, DETAIL AND PERFECTION

 

Art of Print is a division of Outdoorphoto, the largest photographic store in South Africa. We are proud to have been be associated over many years with this team of dedicated professionals over many years. We have had the pleasure of having our images printed and framed by this outstanding company. 

 

For many years, Outdoorphoto has been the go-to place for excellent service and knowledgeable advice for both enthusiast and professional photographers and videographers alike. With the new printing and framing division, expect no less.

Their gusto for art, photography and their customers’ expectations push them to perform at the highest level, setting their bar extremely high. Their professional services ensure all products are gallery quality. All photographers and artists, both enthusiasts and pros alike can expect nothing but the best from them, which they deliver using the latest technology and traditional craftsmanship.

Printing and framing your images truly is the final and most rewarding step in your photographic art journey. They would love to walk this journey with you making it a pleasant, informative and satisfying experience.

Lakewood, Colorado, USA 

ARTISTS WORKIN FOR ARTISTS

 

We have collaborated with Reed Art and Imaging, located in Lakewood OR  USA, to produce artwork using Optical Grade Diasec acrylic face mounting. 

Reed Art and Imaging are the only printers in the USA authorized to produce acrylic prints using the patented  Diasec method.

 

Reed Art and Imaging  uses Giclee Pigment printing on high quality Fine Art Paper to guarantee not only the very best in image reproduction and color accuracy but also that these prints will not fade for 75 years.

Service and quality always comes first and foremost at Reed. They don’t automate their printing.

Every print is given the attention to detail it deserves. Because Reed doesn’t treat you like a number, they also refuse to treat your prints that way.

 

"Our roots are deep in the production of fine art editions and that experience gives us a quality edge.

Most imaging facilities produce work to a standard of only “good enough.” As our owner Bob Reed

says: “90% of what’s “good enough’ down the street, ends up in our waste cans”.  True creatives have

their heart and soul in their work and we get that because we’re creatives too. We completely

understand that the integrity of the piece must come through in the reproductions. Because this

mindset is a part of who we are, it carries through to every imaging job we produce regardless of

client or market type.  Every print we produce must meet your standards of excellence"

 Reed Art & Imaging

 

 

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If you would prefer to chat, then leave your number and most convinient time to call and I will call you back.

 

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