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Limited Editions 

You asked for it, we've responded. Limited edition prints are now here. Not every image will be released as a limited edition print but those that are will feature in this websites limited edition gallery. 

Limited editions are released as follows:

  • 100 A4 prints
  • 100 A3 prints
  • 10 A2 prints
  • You can choose lustre or metallic paper
  • You can choose print only, mounted or framed
  • If unmounted each print is signed and numbered (e.g. 3/100) in ink on the back of the print
  • If mounted or framed each mount will also be signed and numbered in pencil on the front of the mount
  • A certificate of authenticity will be issued with the print. This will also confirm the number of the limited run for each image.

Limited editions are just that: limited, printed on high quality paper with high quality ink and prints and once the run has been exhausted, you won't be able to find prints of them anywhere else, except by buying on of the original 100 from someone, secondhand. Limited editions will often gain value over the years... especially if I become even more well known in the industry. They are a worthwhile investment which is why they cost a bit more than the open editions.

So, grab your copies now before they are all gone.

Featured in Digital SLR Photography Magazine!

In the May 2015 issue my fine art landscape of Stob Dearg, Buachaille Etive Mor features in a ¾-double-page spread at the start of the critique section. As an artist I welcome constructive criticism and praise and it’s always great to know that your image is getting out to thousands of others. Conversely, I am always aware that the reviewers didn’t have to make the choices I did and it’s very easy to sit back and make assumptions.  

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The critique goes:

What we think:

Buachaille Etive Mor is one of those locations that’s so often captured that you sometimes imagine a queue of tripods waiting to be plopped into position – nonetheless, we really like Ben’s take on it. It must have been windy – that’s a lot of cloud movement for a 40-second exposure! Using a ten-stop ND to lengthen the exposure time has made the brutal weather that we’re sure Ben experienced seem all the more dramatic. The only distraction for us is the blurring peak of the mountain, which must either be cloud moving in front or spray on the lens or filter.

Landscape expert Lee Frost:

Love them or hate them, using extreme ND filters, like the Lee Filters Big Stopper, to lengthen exposures is the technique of the moment. Personally I like streaky skies and milky water - on the right scene it can look fantastic. Here’s one such example. I’ve seen hundreds of shots of this scene and taken as many myself, but I’ve never seen it looking like this. The motion in the sky adds a strong 3D feel and really makes the mountain stand out. The moving water is perhaps a little overdone – I’d like to see more texture and detail in it – but it enhances the feeling that we’re witnessing the passing of time here, rather than the freezing of it, and this adds a sense of mystery. Without the use of long exposure, I think the shot would look dull as the light was obviously flat. Opening the shutter for a long exposure has made all the difference, so while the technique is overused, employing it was a good call.”

Best I can say is that the critique is very positive, so thanks Digital SLR Photography Magazine for that, and had I the chance to shoot it again, in the same conditions I still would have made the same choices. Nature isn’t perfect, and perhaps more to the point, neither is the photographer. There will always be a bit of give and take but it is this push and pull, the Yin and Yang that forces us, as photographers, to make choices that suit our own artistic vision. So yes, the water is milkier than perhaps some would like, but without the 40 second exposure the back drop of the racing clouds would not have come out as it did and so the impact of the mountain and the sun streaming onto its snow-clad face would have been less imposing. Also, the moment was chosen so that the sun shone only on the mountain face and on the river rapids and so that the cloud was shrouding the peak of Stob Dearg, to emphasise the ferocity of mountain weather and the mystery of the mountain being exposed.

Suffice to say though that this image, printed large on metallic paper is just gorgeous and would suit the décor of any room. The metallic paper brings it fully to life and gives it a 3D effect.

Displayed in the Laing Art Gallery

As part of a wider project being conducted by the Laing Art Gallery one of my images of Dawn over Spital Carrs at Newbiggin by Sea was selected to be shown in the new Northern Spirit permanent exhibition. 

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Northern Spirit is a major permanent exhibition celebrating the achievements of artists, manufacturers and makers from the North East of England.

 

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