Welcome!

Thank you for visiting this site! I hope you enjoy my photographs. I frequently add new images to the gallery, so come back and visit often! Also, please take a look at my software products. and my presentation on Photography 101--Making better pictures.

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Money-back Guarantee

It is impossible for a computer monitor to show these images accurately for several reasons:

  • The brightness, contrast, and color temperature of the monitor might all be off
  • The monitor has far less resolution than the prints
  • The images are compressed to reduce the time it takes to download them.

Given these facts, why would anyone dare order a print based solely on what they've seen on a web page? Therefore, I offer the following money-back guarantee:

If you are unsatisfied with any print you have ordered from me, and I cannot resolve the problem to your satisfaction, simply return the print and I will refund your purchase price. You pay the return shipping cost, and the prints must be returned in new condition (I recommend that you reuse the shipping container). If your prints arrive damaged, contact me for replacements.

How to order

As you browse the gallery, just click on any image that appeals to you. A page will appear with a larger preview of that image and a list of the standard sizes in which it is available. To order, just click the "Add to Cart" button next to the size you are interested in.

Adding an image to your shopping cart does not obligate you to buy it. You can add things to your cart, delete them, and change quantities as often as you like with no obligation. When you've decided what you want, just click the "Check out" button on your shopping cart, enter your credit card information, and click the "Place my order" button. Your order is not final until you click the "Place my order" button.

BIG PRINTS!

I really like BIG prints! But it is hard to convey the impact of big prints with the itty-bitty images I can show on this web site. If you've never seen an original photograph that is 16x22 inches or larger, it is hard to imagine what a difference size makes. People who have viewed large prints of my images have invariably reacted by saying "Wow!" (for an extreme example, take a look at this photo of a 16x42 inch print of a panorama I made in Glacier National Park).

I think you will also say Wow!, so I invite you to order one and see for yourself. If you aren't "Wowed", just send it back and I'll refund your purchase price (see Money-back Guarantee).

Contact me if you need really gargantuan prints. I can provide prints up to 44 inches in the short dimension. For example, if the largest size shown for an image is 16x22, then you can special order a print up to 44x60 inches! Prints this large (whether digital or from film) show the structure of the image more clearly, and so are suitable for areas where they will be viewed from further away. A good rule of thumb is that prints should be viewed from at least as far away as the length measured from one corner of the print to the opposite corner. For example, the minimum viewing distance for a 44x60 inch print ought to be about six feet. (Special order prints are not covered by the money-back guarantee; give me a call and we can discuss your requirements before your order.)

Why I sell only unframed, unmatted prints

Your personal preference for matting and framing is likely different from mine, and I have no way of knowing what styles might complement the decor in which you plan to display your prints. Therefore, I only sell unmounted, unframed prints. This keeps the print prices low, greatly reduces shipping costs, and lets you mount and frame your prints to your liking. However, bear in mind that quality matting and framing, especially for large prints, is not cheap, so consider these costs as well as the print costs when choosing print sizes.

About the photographs and prints

The images were taken over the course of many years with many different cameras. My 35mm film images were made with either a Nikon 8008s with various Nikon lenses; a Canon A1, AE1, or FTb with various Canon and Vivitar lenses. Some images were made with a Nagoka 4x5 inch field camera and Schneider 90mm and 210mm lenses. All film images were scanned at high resolution for maximum image quality. Nevertheless, some images are not available in large print sizes because of the limitations of the 35mm format.

Digital images were made with a 6 megapixel Nikon D70, a 10 megapixel Nikon D200, or a 12 megapixel Nikon D300 and the following Nikon lenses: 12-24mm zoom, 18-70 mm zoom, 18-200 mm zoom, 70-210mm zoom, 80-400 mm zoom, 50mm macro, 100mm macro, 300mm. I also use a Sigma 300-800mm f/4.5 zoom lens.

All images were processed in Adobe Photoshop and printed on an Epson Stylus Pro 4000 printer at a resolution of 2880x1440 dpi on Epson Premium Luster paper using Epson Ultrachrome ink. Epson tests of prints displayed under glass and out of direct sunlight indicate a lightfastness of 80 years.

Are these images real?

In these days of digital manipulations, this is a legitimate question. The answer is: Yes, my images are real, but they may not be exactly what the camera recorded at the time I took the picture. The great photographer Ansel Adams said that the photographic negative is the equivalent of the score of an orchestral piece, and the print is the equivalent of a performance of that score. He also said that his prints, while widely regarded as "realistic," were in fact highly manipulated to express what he felt when he viewed the scene. Does this make his images unreal? In a sense, yes, but in a much greater sense, no. Your brain does far more processing when interpreting the images sent to it by your eyes.

Ansel Adams would agree that adjusting the contrast or brightness or color saturation of an image changes its appearance but does not make it unreal. But that was 50 years ago: the tools available to the photographer (or editor!) in today's digital world enable the more violent manipulations you often see in supermarket tabloids: human heads on dog bodies, cows with six legs, etc. So it is natural to wonder if you are seeing any of that garbage here.

I use digital techniques to enhance my images, but never in such a way as to violate the integrity of the original scene. I crop most of my images, and modify their brightness, contrast, and color saturation. Some of these manipulations compensate for the properties of the camera, printer and paper that I use. I rarely make structrual changes to my images (e.g. moving a bird or removing a distracting element), but if I do make such a change, I always describe it the comments for that image. Other than these changes, every image that you see here represents what you might see if you were to travel to the same location.

About the photographer

I earned an Associates Degree in Professional Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology before switching to Computer Science, eventually teaching Computer Science at RIT for 27 years. But I remained interested in photography as a hobby throughout my career, and have accumulated thousands of images. Now that I have retired from teaching, I can spend more time enjoying photography.

Legal stuff and picky details

All images are Copyright © Ken Reek. Prints are offered for sale for your private use only. You may display the prints in a public place, but you may not duplicate or publish the images. The photographer retains all rights to the images, including but not limited to publishing rights and the right to produce and sell additional prints.

Your prints will not show the copyright notice that you see in the images on this web site.

All print sizes are rounded to the nearest inch. All prints are borderless.

All prints can be made in custom sizes to fit your needs; contact me for prices.


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Photographs Copyright © 2004-2010 Kenneth A. Reek