* Prints larger than 11″×14″ 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.
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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 formerly 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.
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Until 2013, I used film. Now I shoot digitally.
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 first, now digtal. 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. Well, I'm happy to talk about my work.
Anyway, I now use a Nikon D5100 digital SLR. I used to use a Bronica GS-1 medium format camera. As its name implies, medium format is in between 35mm and large format (the old-timey camera with bellows like an accordian and the photographer under a black drape). Medium format let me capture more detail than 35mm, so I can make larger prints. With modern high-resolution digital cameras and skillful techniques, large prints can be made from digital negatives too.
Film's failure to reproduce colors accurately over long exposures worked 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. Now that I'm shooting digitally, colors are often more realistic, but that's okay too. Everybody wins.
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.
That's a reasonable assumption, but in fact I used very slow film, often ASA 64. Slower film has smaller grain, so the resultant prints are smoother and not as grainy. For similar reasons, I use my digital camera's lowest sensitivity.
Shooting digitally, my exposure times are from under a minute to six minutes. When I shot film, my exposure times ranged from 1 to 12 minutes (yes, minutes, not seconds). There's a lot of thumb-twiddling in night photography. I also bracketed my exposures, which means I made multiple exposures of the same scene, each at a different exposure time, hoping one of them would be the right one. Usually, one was, but it's certainly possible to over- or underexpose at night. At least, that's what I've heard.