From the early morning sunrise on a Tuscan hillside to the late afternoon glow in a small village in southern France, it's all about the light. I find myself waiting for that precise moment that makes my photographs come alive and pulls the viewer into the scene.
I attended Brooks Institute of Photography in the 1970's and obtained a degree in Industrial and Scientific photography. Since graduation I made my living as a medical photographer and later in portraiture. Photographing stock images of medical, business and landscapes I worked through Westlight and Corbis stock agencies to sell my images throughout the world.
For over 30 years I used 4x5 and 21/4 cameras in my photography. In 2004 I purchased a digital camera, the Canon 1Ds and now use the Canon 5D Mark2. After purchasing an Epson 9600 ink jet printer in April 2005 I donated all my traditional darkroom equipment to the local university. I now create and print using a Wacom tablet with a soft edge brush in photoshop and the Epson stylus pro 9890 ink jet printer.
Shooting in camera raw I capture the subtle details of each scene with stunning clarity and color. Through years of developing traditional darkroom techniques and more recently experimentation in photoshop, I have developed a style I call "painting with light." What I thought was a highly manipulated enlarger printed photograph, I now realize was only the beginning. My digital darkroom puts me in total control of my photographs. I control color, contrast and density of an image down to the smallest details. Using these techniques I enhance the image by adding shadow and light, sharpen or blur, fine tune color and remove any distracting elements. These techniques allow me to direct your eye within my photographs.
I have chosen fine art watercolor paper and canvas along with long lasting ultra chrome pigmented inks that will outlive traditional color prints by decades.
I invite you along to share my vision.
...My passion for excellence
A journey remembered
© Bob Copeland Photography