80% Aspect Ratio

Most of my portfolio was created with vintage 11x14 and 8x10 View Cameras from the 1890s which I found and restored. These cameras use fixed focus lenses, not zoom lenses like modern digital cameras. Most of the time, the fixed focus lenses are not a limitation, but occasionally they require composing a photograph a little wider than my ideal composition. For example, when standing at the edge of a 1,000 drop-off, it's not possible to walk closer to the scene. You have to make do with the tools you have. In addition, my preferred print format is usually 60% for Grand Scenic Fine Art prints. The 60% aspect ratio is faithful to the Hudson River School tradition and to most of Albert Bierstadt's and Thomas Moran's work from 1860-1910 as seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Museum of Art. Where possible, in the main Galleries on this site, I present my work done on 80% aspect cameras at 60%, cropping down from the original film size. I am using this gallery to show the original, uncropped 80% aspect for patrons who have installation spaces that can accommodate the larger size or whose aesthetics tend toward the more square format.

I hope you enjoy these photographs of the most beautiful, majestic, scenic wonders of the United States. Most of these locations have been set aside as National Parks, National Monuments, State Parks, Wilderness Areas or other protected designations to preserve their scenic beauty for generations to come.

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