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Word for word

Photography isn't exactly a science, but even so, it is rooted in one. With this, and its strong technology links to boot, it is no surprise that it comes with a whole bank of its own terms. These pho…

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Need proof?

Ever so often, we want to make sure that our plans turn out well.

We study hotel reviews, timetables, and weather records before booking a holiday, compare test results and comments before buying a camera, even read critiques and watch trailers before heading to the cinema, putting up with spoilers along the way.

Well, I do 😳

If you are anything like me, you sure would appreciate that now you can do away with doubts before ordering your large art prints.

To be certain about how your gorgeous framed print will look like, simply order a proof paper print of the same image, with same dimensions, and on the same paper medium first.

The test print will arrive watermarked, so you probably wouldn't want to show it in public, but otherwise it will be just the same as the real thing, only without the mount. You will be able to fully assess its quality at a fraction of the cost—its price is very affordable, it comes without the artist's fee, and its postage is the lowest possible for the size!

Even better, if you decide to buy the original image after proof, the latter's cost including delivery will be deducted from your order total.

In other words, one proof is on the house with every purchase of a XL print over 120 cm on photographic paper, no matter how mounted*. Just make sure to request the repeating quote with the same email address, or mention the test order reference number in the comment field.

That's it! Now if you got big plans, you can also have the insurance that they become reality, for free!

The Proof Print option is available with every paper print quote as of now. Head over to request yours here!

*Canvas and textile prints are exempt from this offer. No Certificates of Authenticity will be provided for proof prints.

This was 2017

This newsletter, the first in the new year, looks back and offers a 2017 review through blog posts from the site. It starts as it should for a year review—with the New Year's Eve. Looking up at …

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Being worth it

German has a single word literally meaning "worth the cost". It gets often misunderstood and misused nowadays for "cheap", which it is not.

Cheap can still be not worth the money, while many things in life, no matter how expensive, are bigger than their price tag.

Like the evening a mere two days ago. Ten people met at a former restaurant to celebrate an artist, and his friend, a star chef, prepared a four-course dinner for all.

It wasn't free, for sure, but the experience was so much more than the cost.

Or, take my last holiday. I spent a week in the Italian Dolomites, in a place on the edge of where you can get by train in one day from my home.

Imagine gorgeous weather—plenty of snow and winter sun, the most iconic mountains in the whole Alps, great hiking, strenous but rewarding, fiddling with cumbersome bus schedules to get around—it's still deep province, mind you—returning to the hotel for the afternoon tea, then slipping into the sauna with panoramic windows out to those iconic mountains, seeing the light dwindle outside and wishing the time would stay still for a breath…

I mean, how would you measure this in money?

Priceless.

Tre Cime, Sexten Dolomites, Italy

Images from the Dolomites are online now.

Out of time

My watch turned 15 last year, and I thought it was about time to give it some care it deserved.

It is a mechanical piece, now being serviced at its maker's.

I miss it.

I don't know how to express the feeling. I would say I feel like falling out of time, or losing time, literally, without any connotations it may imply.

Does it make sense?

In the beginning, I caught myself keeping to glance at my wrist, looking for time, trying to tell it, not being able to get accustomed to my new watch-less, timeless state.

I would repeatedly startle at the thought that I didn't wind my watch in time, then remember that it wasn't necessary, for the time being.

December, the end of the year, the festive season, the New Year's Eve, all came and went, as it is time's custom, unmeasured, untold, unnoticed.

Slowly, I started getting the time off station clocks, my laptop at home and another one at the office, and my mobile, at last, when I commute to work and need to make time on a train.

It is winter after all—the sun and the stars are a rare sight. Even if I could read them.

I wish you all the time you'd need this year to make it a happy one.

Cold light

It is December, winter is coming or already there, and with it a different landscape opens up before your eyes—and your camera lens. Depending on your location and mood, the weather may seem glo…

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Old news

Time wouldn't stand still. It passes, and in passing, it brings about changes. This site changes, too. You may notice new features and pages when they arrive, but other parts get replaced and disappea…

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On the rocks

Svartifoss, literally "the black waterfall", is one of the easily recognisable natural wonders in Iceland. It is far from being powerful, neither high nor wide enough, but you have to admit…

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Offshore

«…whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul… — then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.» Well, it is a damp, drizzly November where I write this, so it seems abo…

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Something blue

It is one third into September off the coast of Northeast Greenland. You are on deck of an expedition ship having just crossed the Arctic Ocean coming from Svalbard. The view in front of you is the fi…

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Watching you

This issue was prompted and inspired by – surprise! – Google. In April 2017, the Lord of Chrome announced that the browser would start warning its users of insecure pages when entering any data, o…

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Almost real

"Abstract" is a strange attribute for a landscape. Something real—a landscape in this case—cannot be abstract, by definition. That is, unless what you see is hard to describe and comprehend, when it t…

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Close to grass

Take a deep breath and picture yourself on a grassy slope in Mongolia, taking photographs, what else. It is late June in the Altai Mountains. You lie on your stomach trying to get both flowers and sum…

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Winter is coming

It is morning in early September. The chill in the air foretells a close winter, and there is a thin ice layer building up on the water. The ice is going to disappear later in the day, but not for lon…

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Going wild

This is the first newsletter whose topic was suggested by a subscriber, and I am quite excited about the fact! The topic – how to photograph wildlife – is not necessarily what I practise a lot, but …

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  1. Word for word

    Apr 24, 18 06:29 AM

    Photography isn't exactly a science, but even so, it is rooted in one. With this, and its strong technology links to boot, it is no surprise that it comes with a whole bank of its own terms. These pho…

    Read on

  2. Need proof?

    Mar 20, 18 06:44 PM

    Ever so often, we want to make sure that our plans turn out well. We study hotel reviews, timetables, and weather records before booking a holiday, compare test results and comments before buying a ca…

    Read on

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