The Beauty of Limited Edition Fine Art Prints using a Panoramic Film Camera

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Recently I sold this limited edition fine art print titled ‘Early Morning Light at Seaman’s Hut’ to Tessa Rogers from Sydney. Tessa was kind enough to send me these photographs of the print hanging in her home.


The print is 1.5 metres X 50 cms on Fuji Flex Crystal Archive paper and is mounted in edge to edge 4.5mm acrylic. This type of mounting for large panoramic prints looks absolutely spectacular. I like to think of them as ‘Windows of Art’. It does give the appearance of looking out of a window at an eye catching scene. I recommend this type of framing and mounting for my fine art limited edition prints, to all my clients.

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Tessa had been snow shoeing in the area and fell in love with the high alpine environment and the hut itself. She wanted an image as a centre piece in her home to remind her of this wonderful place and give her the desire to go back there. Tessa searched on the web and found my image on Flickr, the photo sharing social media platform, and the rest is history. Most of the fine art prints I have sold, people have an emotional attachment to – they have been there, remember what it felt like and want a memento of the place in their home or office. Large prints from digital cameras look great but in my opinion nothing beats the beauty of the panoramic film format.

Message from Tessa

Hi Mike,

As you can see, I think your skills are needed to capture the picture on the wall. It looks small in photos, but in fact is very stunning in reality.

I think the amazing thing about this picture is its ability to mimic the time of day with the light it appears to reflect. Early in the morning it is sunrise on the mountain. Its as though you are really there, standing by the hut in the moment.

Thanks for an amazing photo Mike.

Regards, Tessa

Story behind the Image

I left from Thredbo top station on skis one September morning in 2012 with all my camera gear and supplies for a three day solo trip in the Kosciuszko backcountry – a total of about 30kgs in my pack. With me was my Linhof Technorama 617S III panoramic film camera with a superb Schneider 90mm f5.6 super angulon lens, and a Nikon D7000 with a 18-200 f3.5-5.6 lens. My goal was to photograph Blue Lake, The Sentinel and Seaman’s Hut for both sunset and sunrise with the Linhof and add those images to my limited edition print collection.


Scan from a transparency (no post processing) on a 
previous trip to Blue Lake in August 2012

It was a long ski of four hours from Thredbo to Blue Lake and I almost made it before low cloud and zero visibility forced me to retreat to the Snowy River and I set up camp at Foreman’s Chimney. I had always wanted to photograph the chimney at sunrise so it wasn’t a bad plan b. I captured the chimney with perfect blue skies the next morning and have added that image to my limited edition prints.


Foreman’s Chimney (Limited Edition Print)

A two hour climb brought me to the top of Carruthers Peak. Here I hoped to get some good morning light with orographic clouds lifting out of the western faces but it was a perfect bluebird day – great for ski touring but not so good for photography. Having not had time or been in the right place to actually do some skiing I dropped my pack in the Carruthers/Lee saddle and laid 100 or so telemark turns down into Little Austria, a great western facing run. With the spring sun on this aspect the top couple of centremetres of the surface had turned into soft corn snow – the next best thing to skiing powder.


Self–portrait - Telemark skiing on ‘The Spur’ run from Ramshead to 
Leatherbarrell Creek in August 2007. 

I then hauled myself over Mt Northcote and dropped into the Clarke/Northcote bowl. I had skied the bowl with my friends some years before in August 2006 and remember how light and dry the snow was. This time however the warm afternoon sun had softened at least 5cm of the surface. I laid parallel turns with my heavy pack down through this lusciuos buttery like surface – it was absolutely sublime.


Telemarking in August 2006, Northcote/Clarke Bowl

On a high, I climbed up the other side of the upper Snowy River Valley to Seaman’s Hut where I spent the night. I have used the hut as a refuge on many a stormy night over the years. It is in such an exposed position but a welcome respite to the prevailing south westerly winter winds. This night however was calm and relatively clear. I awoke before dawn to see clear skies, which didn’t bode well for the type of image I was looking for. The alpen glow on clear mornings is a quite beautiful magenta colour so I was hoping to at least capture this colour in the early morning light. I only took four frames (one roll of film) of early light on the main range peaks and Seaman’s Hut itself and was fortunate to come away with these images.


Early Morning Light at Seaman’s Hut


First Light on the Main Range Peaks

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