* Prints larger than 11"x14" are limited editions. After an edition sells out, no prints of that image in that size will be available. Prices increase as the edition sells out.
Sizes are approximate. Colors on your screen may differ from those in the prints. My 11″×14″ and smaller prints are digital pigmented prints. The larger ones are Lightjet prints made by exposing traditional darkroom paper with lasers. I use acid-free materials. The white mats and contemporary black frames I use complement the prints nicely. My choice of materials helps ensure the longevity of the prints you take home.
I sign the back of every print. Limited-edition prints are also numbered and include a Certificate of Authenticity.
The copyright message you see in the images on the website do not appear on prints.
You can enjoy 30 of my best night photos in my book, Good Night, Ocean View. All the images are from my West Berkeley neighborhood called Ocean View, which I've been photographing at night since 2003. The book is available at my online bookstore, where you can preview it, and buy it in software or hardcover. Or you can get it from me at my studio. I'd be happy to sign your copy.
You can also enjoy my work in a screen saver. Imagine a slideshow of around fifty of my night photographs on your computer. Get mesmerized as they fade in and out. Oodles of fun. It's a great conversation starter, too! Check out my Night Photos screen saver page for more details.
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I use film. One reason is that it allows me to get better highlights and shadows. Digital cameras tend to let highlights get overexposed, losing all detail and turning white. The opposite can happen with shadows: They get too dark. My night photography often involves high contrast, so I need film's ability to maintain detail at the exposure extremes. Also, see the answer to the next question.
Film's failure to reproduce colors accurately over long exposures works to my advantage. I don't use filters or digital effects. On a computer, I make the same adjustments I could in a traditional darkroom--contrast, brightness, and so on. The otherworldly colors you see in some of my images are caused mostly by the reaction of the film to long exposures it wasn't designed for. Everybody wins.
That's a reasonable assumption, but in fact I use very slow film, often ASA 64. Slower film has smaller grain, so the resultant prints are smoother and not as grainy. Also, film speed doesn't necessarily hold true at the exposure times I use--at night, a fast film make take longer to be exposed than a slower film.
Exhibiting photographers get this question a lot. I'm never sure why people ask it, so I'm never sure how to answer. Are people asking if I use film or digital? (Film, see the film or digital question.) Are they asking what brand camera I use because they're inspired to try night photography themselves? (Great, but the camera doesn't make much difference as long as it can handle long exposures.) Or perhaps my studio visitors are simply making conversation, which is fine. I'm happy to talk about my work.
Anyway, I use a Bronica GS-1 medium format camera. Medium format is larger than 35mm but smaller than large format, which is the old-timey kind of camera with bellows like an accordian's and the photographer under a black drape. It lets me capture more detail than 35mm, so I can make larger prints. As high-resolution digital cameras continue to increase in quality and decrease in price, I'll probably switch, but I have others reasons for sticking with film (again, I refer you to the film or digital question).
The light you see in my photos is almost always existing light--mostly street light and moonlight. Occasionally, I use a spotlight to lighten shadows. Also, I rarely manipulate a scene at all--what you see is what was there.
My exposure times range from one to 12 minutes. That's minutes, not seconds. There's a lot of thumb-twiddling in night photography. I also bracket my exposures, which means I make multiple exposures of the same scene, each at a different exposure time, hoping one of them will be the right one. Usually, one is, but it's certainly possible to over- or underexpose at night. I've heard.