Wednesday, September 28, 2011

DIY Art Wall Panel Display

With my first art show of the year coming up fast on Saturday, I decided I wanted something to display my framed prints on. This is what I came up with.... still needs a few coats of paint but I think it will do just fine.


This weekend is Alberta Art days and there is lots of activity going on. On friday I will be at Beantrees in the gallery from 1830 until 2100 for the Cold Lake Visual Arts Society Faux Wine and Cheese and saturday I will be at the Bonnyville Agriplex for an art show from 1100 to 1900. If you are in Cold Lake on saturday, head down to the library for some medieval activities put on by the CLVAS, library and the Society of Creative Anachronism.

Should be a great weekend!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Day 267, Outdoor Photography Canada Fall Issue is here!


And I got a whole page for "Lost at Sea". I'm currently sold out of matted prints for this image but I should have some more ready for the art show in Bonnyville this weekend. I will be at the Agriplex from 11am until 7pm with a display of my fine art, make sure you stop by and say hello.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Day 263, Enjoying the woods


Sorry for the lack of posts for the last couple of days. I've been enjoying the last few days of our vacation in New Brunswick. Took my dads quad out today at the camp. I really miss doing that. And now I think I want a quad.....

Monday, September 19, 2011

Day 260, More family photos


So busy with family visits that I haven't been getting up for sunrise the last few days. So my daily photo is seing an influx of family photos.

This is Jacob with mom and her god parents, Judy and David.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Day 257, Bathurst Sunrise


One of my goals during my vacation was to create a nice panorama of my hometown Bathurst. Well I think I got it yesterday morning. It's going to be hard for me to beat this view of the city. Going to make a nice big fine art print with this one for the house.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 256, Sunset at Daily Point


Yesterday I got to spend the day with my cousin and best friend Jesse Abernathy who is also a photographer. So we just drove around all day taking photos and catching up. For sunset we decided to check out Daily Point and see what the city looked like from there. Turned out to be a great sunset. Lot's of mosquitos joined us by the water to enjoy the show and some of our blood. I'm going to start bringing a hat with me, getting tired of covering my head with my jacket. The shoreline in the background is the city of Bahurst, you can see it when the photo is full size.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 254 and 255, Grampi and Pappi

Jacob sure is feeling the love.


Got to spend some time with Grampi last night before bedtime.

And he spent the morning with his Pappi. Today is his birthday and he said this was the best birthday present ever. I guess I can go return the present I bought him........

Actually, if you follow my blog, you know what he's getting, hope he likes it!

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Hachey line continues


Jacob had his "meet and greet" party with the Hachey family yesterday. He had a blast, screaming and laughing for everyone. Got to meet all his little cousins and watch all his aunts fight over who was going to hold him next. As well as make about 20 people go "awwwhh" just by yawning. We took this opportunity to get a photo of my grandfather, father, myself and then Jacob together, 4 generations of Hachey men. Before him, the Hachey family line was going to end with me so it's a big deal for us that we had a little boy. Now the family name will go on!

Oh yea, the photo was made by Amy Jo. Great job getting all four of us to look semi normal and looking at the camera.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 253, Getting up early was worth it


Got up nice and early this morning... 5 AM.... about an hour too early... I sat and waited in the car for about 45 minutes for this lighting. I always go extra early when it's my first time doing photography at a new location. You never know how the light is going to be, buildings and trees can all affect the sunrise and it's different every day of the year. Yes, the sun doesn't rise at the exact same spot everyday, it's moves all year round. So this morning was more of a scouting trip for me. I now know how the light is and have a few locations planned for the next week. Still happy with what I was able to create this morning.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Day 249, Finally a sunrise photograph!


Decided to leave the house a little early this morning to catch the sunrise before work. I should do that more often.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 248, I need to get out more.....


The sky has been so beautiful lately during sunsets, yet I can't ever seem to get out...... sadly I took this standing on my front lawn. At least I got out of the house to take the photo today.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Day 247, Just passing by


Noticed a lady bug running across my deck while I was eating supper. Ran and got my camera with my macro lens and was able to make this nice abstract panning photograph as it ran by.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

My Fine Art Print Process (Day 246)

Not too long ago I decided that I would change the way I offered my fine art prints. Offering prints on their own seemed so fragile and incomplete. So the decision to offer only matted or framed fine art prints came easily. This ensures that all of my clients get a completely 100% archival piece. I offer black or mahogany wood frames as well as a very modern black metal frame. If you do not wish to invest in a custom frame all of my mats are cut to standard sizes, so finding a frame should not be a problem.

The first step is getting the actual print. My prints are all color corrected for consistency and printed on Kodak ENDURA Professional paper. Prints are created with printers that expose light sensitive paper that is then run through a chemical process. I go the extra step and get a lustre protective coating applied to all of my prints. These prints are UV protected and fade resistant.


Step 2 consists of writing the title on the piece and then signing it. I sign on the white border outside of the actual print. The matting which I also sign will then cover this area. The reason I do this is in case a client ever decides to change the matting, the signature will still be on the actual print. I use an acid free archival marker for all my signatures.


Step 3 consists of mounting the print to the backing board. Once again, I use 100% acid free and archival materials. If the piece is going straight into a custom frame, I use white foam core and if it is to be sold unframed I use white backing board. The white backing board is a better fit for most standard frames. For the smaller prints I use archival photo corners and for larger prints I use an acid free tape to create a double T-hinge on the top of the print, this allows the piece to "breathe" and prevents warping.



The fourth step is simply using acid free hinging tape to attach the top of the backing board to the top of the matting.


Step 5, I fold the mat over the mounted piece of art. I use double mats for all my work. All mats are acid free with consistent color and are fade and bleed resistant. I personally sign the bottom of each mat with a 2H drafting pencil.


And now the piece is ready to be framed!


If the piece is not going to be custom framed, it is sealed in an archival quality crystal clear bag.



To celebrate the beginning of my new quality presentation I will be offering a limited time special offer for the next 10 days. Save 20% on all matted fine art photograph's until September 15th.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Day 245, Now I'm done


Did a little more tweaking in Silver effex this morning. This is the final product. I'm quite happy with it. I can't believe my dad is only 15 in that photo! The great thing about digital is that our family memories will never fade. Really glad I was able to save this one before it was too far gone.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Day 244, Restoration Complete

Finally finished restoring a photo of my dad tonight. He was 15 in this photo. The printing back then wasn't meant to last for hundreds of years as it is today.

This is the before.....


And this is after many hours of photoshop....


Mom, if you read this post, don't show it to dad, he's getting a nice print for his birthday.

Thursday, September 1, 2011