Mike Putnam’s Fine Art Landscape Photography

As my career as a landscape photographer has evolved, I have been fortunate.  When I initially moved to Central Oregon, an area with remarkable natural diversity and therefore endless subject matter  I already had a career to help support my development as a fine art photographer.  A bit more about my background can be found here….Oregon Landscape photographer, Mike Putnam.  With years of research and field work, my skills as a landscape photographer were refined.  The evolution of my fine art landscape photography required some complicated decisions and considerable investments.  Because I

Fine Art Landscape Photographer

Fine Art Landscape Photographer, Mike Putnam

had a well-established previous career, I did not have to make financial compromises which would adversely affect the quality of my fine art landscape photography.  Quality has always been paramount in my landscape prints.  Every decision regarding my fine art photography was made with  the intention of capturing, creating and presenting the most technically accurate, finely detailed and most thoroughly scouted fine art landscape photographs.  My intention is that viewers of my fine art landscape prints feel as if they are looking out an open window at Oregon’s most beautiful landscapes at the perfect time of day and on the perfect day of the year.   To create this experience, many factors must instantaneously align.  I must, of course, be at the right spot at the right time and I must be armed with the best equipment for capturing and crafting world class fine art landscape photographs. After actually exposing the film(yep, I still use a film camera, more about that later!) The exposed film must be processed to exacting standards or my efforts would be for naught.  Next, my processed films must be printed.  Home printing is cheaper but in my experience, distinctly inferior to prints created by

Large format 4x5 film

Large format 4×5 film

top-notch printing labs.  The printing lab whose services I utilize is, in my opinion, the best in the world.  The master printers have decades of experience, their attention to detail is impeccable and they utilize printers that most photographers will not ever be a able to afford.  Their services are expensive but worth every penny if supreme quality is your end goal.

Because I get lots of questions from collectors about my gear, I’ve dedicated a whole page on this website to the Photography equipment I utilize which can be found here, Large format film photography gear.  That being noted, I believe that the camera system I utilize for all of the fine art landscape photography I create is worthy of an extra notation.   I continue to utilize a large format film camera because the result it generates make for

Ebony 4x5 large format film camera

Ebony 4×5 large format film camera

superior results.  The image file generated from one of my 4×5 sheets of film(seen above and to the right)  allow me to create fine art prints far larger  and much more detailed than current digital cameras.  I routinely sell prints which are more than 50 inches long and at a higher resolution that the human eye can resolve.  To understand the exceptional quality possible from a large format film, one must see my finished prints in person.  Digital renditions of my work visible via websites are distinctly inferior to the actual finished fine art photographs that I sell.  You must see them in person to appreciate their beautiful color spectrums and impeccable detail, even at exceptionally large print sizes.

I have an array of multi-coated,fixed focal length lenses to help insure optimal image quality.  Additionally. I exclusively utilize carbon fiber tripods which offer the perfect balance of rigidity and light weight.

Fine Art Landscape Photography,  Print Options.

I currently offer the following four different types of fine art landscape prints.

1. Traditional Fine Art Prints.

fine art landscape photograph

Framed fine art landscape photo by Mike Putnam

  • My traditional fine art landscape photography are what most people think of when they visualize a big, beautiful  photograph.  They are my best selling fine art print option.
  • Traditional fine art prints have extreme longevity and are estimated to last at least 80 years without perceptible fade under appropriate display conditions
  • Traditional prints are what I consider to be the most accurate color renditions of the real world.  If you want to enjoy the the sensation of gazing out a window at the beauty of Oregon, this is the option for you.
  • Traditional prints require framing for appropriate display which adds cost.  My Framed traditional fine art prints are dry mounted onto rigid backing board for rigidity, they are double matted(except for my smallest sizes, which are single matted) with complimentary colors, they are behind UV protected glass and framed with solid cherry wood frames which I hand craft myself.  visit here for more information about my hand crafted farming.  Fine Art Framing.  While I craft the frames, I do not cut the matting, or glass, nor do I fit the finished prints into the frame.  I leave the finishing up the the wonderful and exceptionally talented women at Eastlake Framing, located on Galveston Ave, on the west side of Bend, Oregon.
  • If you prefer custom framing to match your interior decor, I cannot recommend the gifted framers at Eastlake, they are exceptional and can accommodate any framing requests imaginable.

2. Metal Fine Art Prints

metal fine art print

metal fine art prints, “Black Butte Morning”

  • Metal fine art prints , printed on aluminum, have a beautiful, saturated appearance appearance.
  • Metal prints do not require framing, making them less expensive than framed traditional fine art prints.
  • Because they have a protective coating over the print surface, metal prints do not need to be protected by glass and they are therefore less reflective then traditional prints under some display conditions.
  • Metal prints have a more contemporary look, appropriate for more modern interiors.
  • Metal prints are ideal for hospitals and medical clinics as they do not have unsealed spaces which could harbor bacteria and their surfaces can be wiped down.
  • Metal prints are lightweight, making them more moveable.

3. Acrylic Face-Mounted Prints

Acrylic face mounted landscape photo

Acrylic face mounted landscape photo

  • Acrylic face-Mounted prints are traditional prints adhered to the back of a sheet of UV protected acrylic(also known as plexiglass)
  • Acrylic face-mounted prints have a sleek, modern look, somewhat similar to metal prints.
  • Acrylic face-mounted prints, like metal prints tend to have a rich, saturated appearance.
  • Acrylic face-mounted prints are more reflective than  metal prints or canvas prints but less so than traditional prints
  • Because of the mounting process, Acrylic face-mounted prints have a wonderful depth to them, giving them the feel of being covered by a thin layer of crystal-clear water.
  • Acrylic face-mounted prints do not require framing, making them slightly less expensive than framed traditional prints.

4. Canvas wrapped prints

Mt. Bachelor canvas print

Mt. Bachelor canvas print

  • Canvas prints are printed on…canvas and sprayed with a protective covering and the canvas is wrapped around and secured to a wooden frame, so that they are ready to hang out of the box
  • While acceptable for most display conditions, Canvas wrapped prints are not puncture or scratch resistant.
  • Canvas prints do not require framing nor do they need to be protected behind glass, making them my least reflective type of print. Because of this, they are a good option for lighting conditions which would otherwise lead to prominent reflections for prints displayed behind glass.
  • Because Canvas prints are printed on …..canvas, their surface is somewhat irregular and does not offer the exceptional detail of my other print surfaces.
  • Canvas wrapped prints are my most affordable, ready to hang, form of fine art prints.