I have a couple of new years resolutions already and one is to write more often in my blog. It is not enough these days to just merely be a photographer, one has to be constantly talking about it. More importantly it is about me not being silent anymore. To help me with this task, I thought I would begin a Print of the week series to discuss my print work. As well, it would serve to be a shameless plug for selling my work wholesale via my website before putting it up on Saatchi for a wider audience.
So given my first sale of a 30x40" print of one of my Aurora Borealis photographs, I thought it would make sense to start the series with that image.
On September 27th of this year, I witnessed one of the most amazing Aurora G2 storm. Eddie was traveling and Saydee and I were alone with some guests from China. It started just after 9 pm. I was thinking I should really get serious about doing a time lapse before we had to leave Yellowknife to go back home to Ottawa. On previous outings, my friend Bill Braden, who also shoots with Fuji in Yellowknife, encouraged me to be more patient with Timelapse. Also, Fujifilm Canada kindly let me use their new medium format camera: GFX50s for this reason. They were enjoying my photos from Canada's north.
I didn't have to go far for this scene as I just had to open the back door, take a few steps out past my balcony and there it was. It was an intense storm which lasted for a couple of hours. What was unique was that it wasn't very cold out. It was probably 8 degrees Celsius meaning I didn't have to wear mitts and with a good winter coat I could stay outside comfortably for the entire evening without succumbing to frostbite which is the norm during the winter months.
I set up the tripod, camera to ISO 3200 to enable a faster shutter speed of 2 seconds which I've learned is essential in capturing the crisp curtain-like effect of the aurora. I was shooting with Fujifilm's GF23F4 lens which was perfect for shooting the aurora. It was easy to mark infinity via the LCD screen. The tilting LCD screen is also genius so that regardless of the angle you are shooting it is easy to see what it is you are doing. Especially useful when tipping the camera straight up to photograph an exploding korona.
Anyway, it went on for about an hour and a half and I was somewhat diligent. Halfway through I thought it would be neat to have a photo with Saydee and I in it. It was great to have this photo but I have to admit it didn't really add to timelapse. Oh well.
In any case, a friend of a friend down south was looking for a large print of an Aurora to display over the fireplace and having shot with the GFX I was pretty confident that I could make a beautiful print of the size they were asking for which was a 30x40".
For this, I turned to Jim Lamonte, one of Ottawa's premier printers who also teaches the art of fine art printing at SPAO (School of Photographic Arts in Ottawa). Jim is a pleasure to work with. He was very considerate about making the print exactly to my specifications and vision. He recommended Canson Baryta paper as being the best one with the Highest D-Max which is a measure of the deepest black tone a printer/ink/paper combination can reproduce. If properly cared for this combination of Epson inks and paper should see the print last for well over 100 years. It will outlast me and the people who are purchasing it. It is a limited edition 1/10 and I can't wait to see it framed!
Huge thanks to all who were involved: Fujifilm Canada for lending me their GFX50s, Peter Waiser for connecting me with a friend who was looking for what I have to offer, Jim Lamont for helping me produce this size of print and my husband who is supportive of my work.
To purchase your own copy see Fine Art Prints