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It was a dark and still mid-summer night.
The scene is set in rural Tennessee, half an hour outside of Nashville, but you would never know it was the 21st century by the looks of the nostalgia-lined rows of houses of brick and wood.
Barn doors, rustic old granaries littered the countryside in the quaint little town of Nolensville. I was on the hunt.
I had a darling customer who'd purchased 3 large canvas prints from me, mostly tailor-made for her exact home setting.
She'd asked me months ago to go shoot her small town of Nolensville, Tennessee. Being the busy man I am, I didn't get around to it immediately, but when we reconnected yesterday over the phone I remembered her request to go shoot it, that I'd agreed to.
After I got off from work last night in my art gallery, I made my way through the back woods of Tennessee on my motorcycle. It took a good thirty minutes of winding, but gorgeously scenic, country roads before I found myself in the old Downtown of Nolensville.
This old southern town was founded by a Revolutionary War veteran, and was named after him, in 1797.
The place looked like a scene out of To Kill a Mocking Bird.
I stopped in a local coffee shop and grabbed a late night cup of coffee, it was past 10pm and I'd had a long day.
I got to chatting with a local there and I asked her what was most iconic about Nolensville. She told me about the old mill, and I fell in love with the idea.
This was an incredibly technical shoot. There were multiple strong points of lights shining right into the lens, amongst an impossibly dark background.
Extreme contrast like that makes lens flares, distortions and generally makes it next to impossible to get a sharp picture with any detail.
30 minutes of measuring light, trying new different angles, different techniques and ways of shooting this, I came up with what I liked.
Being pitch black out, I of course had to go for a long exposure (where the camera is on a tripod and the photo is taken over 30 seconds or so) to get any detail in the shadows whatsoever.
Right at the end of the photo being taken, a screeching firetruck flew by, lighting up the entire countryside and filling my shot with a gorgeous glow of pink and red that was otherwise not present in the rest of the experiments!
It felt so great getting this exact shot I wanted despite all the reasons why it was almost impossible.
There are 3 ways to print these images, glossy paper printing, metallic style printing and canvas printing.
1) Glossy Paper Prints are professional quality glossy paper prints. They have a nice sharp and glossy finish and are only available in 8 in x 10 in. They are designed to be placed in a frame, which can be purchased separately (starting at a few dollars at your local dollar store or Walmart).
2) Metallic Paper Prints are much sharper, more vivid and the colors more intense than any other printing method I've ever seen. These are bigger. They start at 12inx18in and go all the way up to 30x45!
The official description states the following.
Warning: Technical jargon.
Kodak Metallic paper features an increased color gamut for stronger, brighter, more vibrant colors. It allows bright whites and rich deep blacks. This is not a cheap substitute to a metal print. It is genuine Kodak silver halide photographic paper, exposed digitally on our Noritsu or $150,000 Chromira printer, in sizes all the way up to 30”x45”.
I recommend getting the biggest piece you can fit on your wall, as the printing price only goes up gradually as you double, triple or quadruple the size of the print.
Note: This special metallic-paper printing, ships unframed in a box or cardboard tube, to ensure safe delivery.
The delivery time for printing, packaging and shipping on a customized metallic paper print is around 3-5 business days.
3) Canvas Printing is a well-known, high-end way of displaying photographs. This also has the advantage of not needing a frame. They come "gallery wrapped". This is a high quality canvas, stretched and stapled onto a set of 1.2 inch deep wooden stretcherbars that give it shape, in the same way an oil painting is typical stretched. There are no staples or ugly lines visible on the sides (very important). It comes out of the shipping box finished and ready to hang with a simple nail in the wall. Once the stretched canvas print arrives and is in your hands, you then have the option of framing it locally if you decide you want that look, instead of the no-frame "gallery wrap" look.
Even $5 million homes commonly have unframed work on their walls, depending on the decor style in that home.
The delivery time for printing, packing and shipping on a customized canvas print is around 14 business days.
Any canvas print bigger than 2ftx4ft is shipped unmounted. This is because shipping large mounted artwork is extremely expensive as it needs to have a special wooden crate built for it, put on a shipping palet, go through a special cargo trucking service etc. This can cost $200-$500 dollars to ship just one piece, depending on size.
So for bigger pieces the canvas is rolled up in a tube and securely sent in the mail. When you receive it, you then take it to a local frame shop and you can get them to mount it, called "stretching a canvas".