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Trees and Pool, Arrowhead Lake by Charles Cramer


 
Original fine art photograph signed and numbered by Charles Cramer
Price: $400.00



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Original photograph signed and numbered by Charles Cramer
Chromogenic pigment, dye or negative photograph depending on size
Mounted and overmatted with 4-ply archival museum board
Original photographs are hand made, and not all sizes are kept in inventory. We will contact you within two business days with an estimated delivery date. Special orders from the photographer may take up to 4 weeks for delivery.
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Charles Cramer is a photographer who revels in exploration and craftsmanship. A masterful artist, his career broadly parallels that of Ansel Adams: an early focus on music, finding inspiration in Yosemite National Park, and exploring the developing medium of photography. Charles has worked in the darkroom for many years, mastering the complex Dye Transfer process. He was also one of the first landscape photographers to work with the "digital darkroom", recognizing the computer as an unparalleled means to control color and realize his artistic interpretation of the scene.

"I studied piano for 20 years, ending up with a degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. This conservatory was endowed by George Eastman, who also founded the Eastman Kodak Company. This connection between music and photography can be seen in the lives of many photographers. I gradually turned to full-time photography by 1980. The end goal of my photography has always been to make beautiful prints. I have spent a large part of the last 30 years refining my skills not just photographing the natural scene, but learning how to make the best possible prints from these images.

"When venturing out into the field, I am drawn to photograph primarily by the 'light' and only secondarily by the subject. I search for that special kind of light that can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. This brings me out at seemingly odd times---sunrise, sunset, during storms and snowstorms. The weather can be onerous. But when everything comes together for a photograph, all that is quickly forgotten. Many of my photographs are from the Southwest. The light here is unique, especially when bouncing off canyon walls and enveloping a scene in glowing, warm light. Another favorite canyon is Yosemite Valley."

"For many years, I made my own photographic prints in the darkroom with the Kodak Dye Transfer process. This was a very difficult, expensive, and time-consuming process---but I felt the results were worth all the work. In 1997, I started working with processes that I feel can now rival and even surpass the beauty of a dye transfer print. I scan my original 4x5 inch transparencies at very high resolution, and using Photoshop as a digital darkroom, I can adjust the image with more subtlety than I had with the dye transfer process. I do all of the final color and contrast adjustments, and then print my image using either the Lightjet, or a Large Format Epson 9600.

"The Lightjet is a 'digital enlarger'. Since this recent breakthrough eliminates the use of the enlarging lens, the prints are astoundingly sharp. Real photographic paper---Fuji Crystal Archive---is exposed with red, green, and blue lasers, and then processed like a traditional print. The Epson 9600 large-format printer uses pigmented inks on specially coated papers. These prints also exhibit incredible sharpness, along with great resistance to fading. Previously, dye transfer prints were considered the gold-standard for archiving important images---but both these methods now exceed that by two to three times. I am thrilled to be able to make prints of a quality I could only imagine six years ago. And, these processes allow me to make very large prints, with no loss of quality!"


~Charles Cramer


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