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.



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.

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.

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.