Printing

Exciting information about your prints

All my print production and sales are 100% carbon neutral. All of it.

 

Carbon Neutral Symbol for Stone Lens Photography Site

 

The quality, the actual ‘feel’ and characteristics of the prints you buy from Stone Lens Photography are exceptional. Unbeatable, frankly.

It’s one of the things that I find so frustrating about selling on-line: I can’t readily show you the material the photograph is printed on - it's why I'm so confident about my Returns Policy (which has never been used!).

Yes, I take the photographs and create the image but it would all be way less fantastic were it not for 2 massively important things – (1) what the art piece is printed on and (2) how the work is printed.

This is super interesting stuff, really!

I use only Hahnemühle Paper

      These people have been making paper since 1584. For real.

 

Hahnemuhle paper Logo - Stone Lens Photography prints

 

The papers they manufacture are so seriously top-end and fabulous that I could almost eat them. Divine papers, truly.

All Hahnemühle papers have been certified by independent institutes to be highly resistant to ageing and are vegan in order to meet the highest requirements of my customers.

 

Right, these are the 2 papers that I use

Hahnemühle German Etching Paper

Currently my total favourite!

This printing paper has an inkjet coating designed especially for Fine Art work. The white art paper, made from 100% alpha cellulose, is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure. I could go on forever about this paper, I really could.

 

 

closeup of colourful fine art print on very textured Hahnemuhle German Etching paper

Just look at the texture here - it's from one of my Jewel Thieves series and really shows the depth and magic of this paper

 

The unique surface texture adds a very special touch to images, revealing all their splendour with an impressive three-dimensional effect and depth. The premium matt coating guarantees outstanding print results with excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep black and optimum contrasts. German Etching is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.

A seriously heavy paper at 310gsm - every time one of my test prints comes back I think I’m holding a painting. I kid you not – it really gives my artwork a handmade crafted feel.

Hahnemühle Pearl paper

This sumptuous paper has a smooth orange peel texture and a bright neutral white base and creates really natural black and white images with vibrant colour reproduction and great detail too.

 

close up of dark part of an image on Hahnemuhle Pearl paper

I think this shows really clearly the silky, sheen of the soft orange peel quality of this exquisite paper

 

It’s not as heavy as the German Etching but nonetheless is substantial, at 285gsm. The paper is resin coated with a fibrous feel. The satin finish of the resin coating gives depth to the image which combined with the texture and vibrant colour reproduction give the image the feel of an oil painting.

 

I use only Giclee printing (i.e not C-type)

  • Unlike C-types, (continuous tone and chemical process prints, where colours are produced by a chemical reaction), the colours on Giclée prints are produced by applying pure pigment inks directly to the paper.
  • So, I can achieve an exceptional colour range and sublimely smooth gradient transitions.

 

These are photos of the guys at the printers I use - the real people who do my printing - they really are a professional bunch

 

General view of the photographic print room  

Woman removing a print sheet from machine at art printers

   Man colour checking at photographic printers

 

  • Giclée printers gives a higher dot per square inch resolution than normal inkjet printers, producing much finer prints. My printers use the latest best-in-class Epson Sure Color P9000 printers, capable of producing print resolutions up to 1440 x 2880 DPI.(i.e. massive!).

 

    Man in professional photographic printers checking images          Man with magnifying glass at professional printers checking a photograph

     

    • Giclée printers use a higher quality of fade-resistant, archival, pigment-based inks. When these are applied to high quality archival substrates I use (Hahnemühle papers ONLY!) it results in an unbeatable archival lifespan of up to 200 years.

    I REALLY HOPE THAT NOW YOU FEEL BETTER ACQUAINTED WITH THE METHODS I CHOOSE FOR YOU, MY LOVELY CUSTOMERS!

     

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