Quantum of Light
[kwon-tuhm] :: noun, quantity or a particular amount
[lahyt] :: noun, the sensation produced by stimulation of the organs of sight.
I had a need to present photographic content that did not apply to my main galleries and exhibitions. Somewhere where I could post images in a free manner similar to Instagram or Tumblr while having the ability to write about the imagery if desired.
Quantum of Light is my photographic blog, a rolling list of photographic entries including but not limited to previews of upcoming work, photographic articles/opinions, or external content that I find interesting.
The towering bamboo on the hike to Waimoku Falls in Haleakala National park. I have covered this hike nearly every time I visit Maui, Hawai’i however this year I went for large format and immersive works while in the dense bamboo forest. A few images from the hike.
In my post about 5 different methods to obtaining large format stitched imagery, I spoke about the various ways to achieve image capture for high resolution imagery. While there are plenty of tutorials out on the Internet that cover how to use the various software packages, how to choose a projection type, blend type, etc, this post covers the tools I utilize post image capture to assemble the images and provides a general overview of my approach to producing my high resolution imagery. Take it for what it is, and don’t forget to search for some of the tutorials out there; its how I got started with this photographic process 10 years ago.
When I talk about large format imaging, I get numerous questions in relation to How Large is Large? That prompted me to write this post (admittedly I probably should have written this a long time ago) — regardless, here are some examples of large format images in a way that is presentable to a web browser.
I shoot a lot of landscape works, and traditional skills tell you that you need to be in a place when the “light is its best”. Often this means sunrises, sunsets, dusk, dawn, or in my case with the Rocky Mountains so close, high contrast shadows cast by the big rocks themselves. Given my many years pursuing Astronomy, I am no stranger to ephemeris usage and data.
There are many factors in producing a Fine Art print, many of which are subjective. Paper type, size, matting, framing, positioning and lighting all go hand in hand with the subject matter and the story the image tells.
For example, some photographs simply “look better” on Canvas whereas others stand out on Lustre based papers which display rich detail. Please read the topics below for a better understanding of the options I offer, how to order, etc.