How do I order a photo? First, you must be on a page for a specific photo, which will look like the one linked here for "Peekaboo Cub; Peekaboo Cub. In the upper right corner is a button that says "buy". Click on this button and the next page will show all the price, size, and format options available. Select the size and format you wish and then just follow the instructions to complete your order For a step by step guide to ordering prints and photos, visit this page: How to Order. To send a check rather than paying with credit card/paypal, visit this page: Order by Mail.
What are your prices? All prices, along with sizes and format can be found by clicking this link; prices. Current size offerings range from 8 inches by 10 inches up to 30 inches by 40 inches. Formats available include standard archival paper prints on Kodak Endura paper and metal prints where the photo is dye infused on aluminum. All products are each individually hand signed and are fine art gallery quality, meaning they are of the highest quality and will last a lifetime, when displayed properly.
How long until I receive my order? Typically, orders will ship within two weeks from when the order was received. However, If I am on an extended travelling assignment, it will impact the length of time it takes for me to get an order out. All orders are processed as soon as possible, but do allow up to four to five weeks for delivery. For international orders, delivery times vary and I cannot estimate exactly how long it will take once the order has shipped. If you need an order rushed, please contact me before placing your order.
Will I receive an email confirmation when I place my order? Yes, you will always receive an automated email response when you place your order. It may take 24 hours for the email confirmation to be sent. If you did not receive one, then the order process was not completed.
Will my print(s) be signed? Yes, I sign every print, whether purchased from my website, or through a retail outlet. The exception to this are the notecards sold in Yellowstone National Park, these are not signed.
What formats or products do you offer? I currently offer two different formats or product lines. Photographic Prints are the standard paper print. These are printed at a professional photo lab on high quality, highly archival Kodak Endura paper. This paper is designed to last over 100 years in proper display. What does this mean? If framed, in a normally lit room, they can last 100 years or more before significant fading is noticeable. Metal Prints are a new format currently becoming extremely popular in the fine art gallery and museum markets and look stunning in home decor. The photograph is printed into a sheet of aluminum and then coated with a gloss finish. This is a highly durable, very stylish product that displays an amazing luminescence, is ready to hang as is, and requires no additional framing. Additional information can be found here; Products and Services.
I saw notecards offered when I was in Yellowstone National Park, can I purchase these on-line? This is a product that is only offered through some of the gift shops in Yellowstone National Park and they are not available for order via my website. I will do custom orders with a minimum of ten notecards at $10 per card. Use the contact form to contact me for such orders.
Do you have limited editions? Short answer, no. Limited edition prints originated due to technology short falls that limited the number of actual prints that could be made. The practice continues today basically in an attempt to create value. Giving a perception that there is a limited supply of a print, to some people, makes it collectible. Notice however, many "limited" editions run into the hundreds or thousands and many prints will never go out of print.
Do you have prints in a different size? I can do a print in any size, but the ones offered are the most common in their size ranges. Odd sizes many not work as it changes the composition of the photo. That said all the sizes I offer, except the 8x10, show the full 2x3 format of an SLR image. I do not offer smaller than an 8x10 since, by the time shipping is added, it is a cost prohibitive option.
I want to paint one of your photos, how do I get permission to do so? Due to copyright protection, I no longer grant permission for any kind of reproduction of any of my images. All work seen on my website is copyright protected and registered with the US Copyright Office.
I'm visiting Yellowstone this summer, how long a zoom lens do I need? First, people often confuse a zoom lens for a telephoto lens. A 28-105 is a zoom, but it will not be long enough to photograph wildlife close up. That said, you need the longest lens available to you. A 300mm lens will work great for some wildlife opportunities. Other times, 600mm lens isn't long enough. The key is to work with what you have, don't approach closer than what is safe or, in some cases, legal and don't disturb the wildlife for any reason.
That photo has to be "photoshopped! Ok, so this isn't a question, but really, it is. "Photoshop" has become, in some ways, a dirty word in photography. DSLRs shoot in raw mode, which basically means the data isn't converted into a jpeg file, the standard file for photo images. With a point and shoot, or forbid, your camera phone, they also capture in raw mode but make all the processing decisions for you and create the jpeg file. With DSLRs, you shoot raw and make the decisions either in camera with settings, or on a computer with a raw processor, or a program like Photoshop. Adjustments such as white balance, color, sharpness, contrast, etc are all handled in this manner. So in this manner, yes I make these decisions for each image rather than letting the chip in my camera make those decisions for me. But no, I do not add anything to an image or create something that wasn't there at the time I took the photo. What you see in my images is what I saw at the time of capture. The difference, and the key to photography, is knowing how my camera will respond to the light and using that to my advantage. Having read about Ansel Adams dark room work with his black and white images, I feel he did more "manipulation" in his work than I do in mine.
How close were you? I use long telephoto lenses for my wildlife images. My longest lens is a 500mm lens and I will add a 1.4 teleconverter to that when necessary. Some animals are close by and, if I am the only person around, I will photograph from my car using a window support for my camera and lens. Park Rangers will allow bears to be closer than the 100 yards, so many photos are also taken under these conditions. I never hike after bears or wolves, all shots of these species are from the roadside. No photo is worth risking your life over or risking habituating a wild animal.