How To Navigate My Website

  • Since more than one photograph might be taken at the same location or geographical area, the website is arranged first by geographical location and then specific photographs taken at this location.

    An example of this hierarchy is :

    Location : HandCart Gulch
    Photograph : HandCart Gulch Fall

    Notice that a specific photograph can be identified by a feature, season, date, or occasion that occurs at the Location.

    Currently there are two Locations defined on the website, HandCart Gulch Album. and Moab Reflections Album. That leaves quite a few single photographs to arrange without the use of Location. The menu button View Photo Album Collection is for this purpose. This link takes you to a page where all the photographs on the website can be conveniently paged thru and selected. It displays a preview of each photograph and allows you to select it. You can then display it full size, get information about it, and purchase any of the sizes it is available in.

    Locations are also displayed here using one of the photographs that resides in the Location. Clicking on this preview will take you to the specific Location where you can then page through all the photographs that belong to this Location. Full size display, information, and purchasing is then available just as it is for a photograph that does not belong to a Location.

    Each specific photograph contains some or all of following links:
    • The About link displays a page that gives you a brief synopsis of the photograph which includes where it was taken, what you are seeing in the photograph, and when it was taken.

    • The Available Sizes link takes you to a page for a specific photograph where you can view all the available sizes at full size.

    • The Purchase link takes you to a secure order form where you can order this photograph in it's various sizes, types, and finishes.

    • The View HandCart Gulch Album is a Location link that will take you to the specified Location. In this case, the HandCart Gulch Album. Use the double right and left hand arrows at the top of the album to page through it. This link is only available when you are browsing a specific photo album.

    • The View Dr Pano's Photographic Album is a link to all the photos on the website, Locations and single photographs. Use the double right and left hand arrows at the top of the album to page through it.
  • Navigating a Full Size Photograph

    • When you have selected a photograph size to view, a small preview of the entire photo is displayed on your screen. Centered at the bottom is a menu of icons which control the viewing. From left to right they are:

      • click on this icon to zoom in on the picture
        click on this icon to zoom out on the picture
        click on this icon to scroll to the left of the picture
        click on this icon to scroll to the right of the picture
        click on this icon to scroll up the picture
        click on this icon to scroll down the picture
        click on this icon to change the panning mode
        click on this icon to auto pan the preview picture
        click on this icon to change the screen size

    • Navigating around a photograph is easiest using your mouse. Simply hold the left click button down and move the mouse in the direction you wish to travel in the photograph. A little expermentation on your part will help you decide the best way to move around any given photograph.

Mounting Requirements for Digital Water Color Prints

  • DigiSimPat prints are of the very finest quality that is usually found in museums and expensive art galleries. You will receive your print(s) rolled up and carefully stored in a rugged, round shipping tube. This method insures that you will receive the print(s) in the same condition they were in when we finished them and prepared them for shipment.

  • Due to the fibre nature of Sunset Velvet Rag, the print will not lay flat immediately after unrolling it from the shipping tube. Allowing the print to lay unrolled, printed side up, for a few days will help it to release most of it's curled up nature. Also noticeable may be a small amount of gentle, wavy rolls across the narrow dimension of the print. These are caused by the application of the clear acrylic finish we spray on the print. This finish allows you to view the digital water color print with all the velvet (or etching like) matte surface qualities uninhibted by any glass or acrylic covering over the print itself. In order to insure that none of these wavy rolls exist in the mounted and framed print, it is imperative that it be properly mounted to an archival, acid-free mounting board. There are several foam core mounting board types that fit this description in both white and black.

  • The actual mounting of the print to the backing board should probably be done by a framing shop or someone who does this on a regular basis and has the proper materials and equipment. We can recommend Miracle Muck as a wet adhesive for the job. Another method is Dry Mounting and we recommend Bienfang Ragmount Dry Mount Tissue or one of it's equivalents.

  • Please make sure you have investigated how your print(s) will be mounted before you order. After proper mounting, you may choose any frame that is strong enough to hold the 28" 38" print. Remember, there is no matte needed, it is part of the digital water color print. As there should be no covering in front of the print, it may need from time to time to be dusted and/or cleaned. This can be accomplished by carefully using a Micro-Fibre cloth.

Print Styles and Paper Finishes

  • DigiSimPat Prints, Paper, Style, and Size

    • These prints are a combination of an original digital landscape image, enhanced for color and content, and then digitally painted to look like a watercolor painting. You have to see them in full size to really appreciate their beauty! My website allows you to do just that.

    • The paper, Sunset Velvet Rag, is a 100% cotton rag paper designed for fine art and museum quality photographic reproductions. It has a velvet (or etching like) matte surface which produces extraordinary finished prints. We use a Canon IPF8400 printer with 12-Color LUCIA EX pigment ink which gives the best print color, quality, and longevity available in the entire photo printing industry.

    • DigiSimPat prints are printed in the Standard syle and are orientied either in Landscape or Portrait mode depending on the subject matter. Currently the only size available is 28" x 38".

  • Print Styles, Panoramic, Square, and Standard

    • The Panoramic style is an elongated image that is usually composed of several separate photographs that have been 'stitched' together to provide a much wider view of a subject than is possible with a single frame picture. This style is especially useful in conveying the breathtaking scenery of mountain landscapes, ocean coastlines and city skylines.

    • Square style are just that, their width and height is exaclty the same. Square prints are especially good at focusing the viewers attention on the subject matter of the photograph. Portions of mountain landscapes can be visually enhanced using this type of print.

    • Standard style is the proportions at which the original photograph was taken. It can be 3:2. 4:5, 8:10, and several other dimensions. All of my Standard style photographs are in the 3:2 style. An example of this would be a photograph that is 18" wide and 12" tall.

  • Available Print Finishes, Gloss, Lustre, Pearl and Canvas Gallery Wrap

    • Choose Gloss finish if you want the deepest most saturated colors to stand out. If the Gloss print is to be framed, it is not advisable to use glass in front of the print as this gives two surfaces to reflect light and obscure the print. Instead use an acrylic cover that is UV resistant and Non-Glare.

    • Lustre finish is a good choice for prints that are going to be framed as this surface substantially cuts cuts down on glare and reflections. It also has darker blacks than gloss and can exhibit finer detail. As with Gloss finishes, use an acrylic cover that is UV resistant and Non-Glare instead of glass in front of the print.

    • Pearl (or Metallic) is a gloss type paper that is impregnated with pearl like crystals which produces a metallic look when viewed. Proper lighting of these prints is essential to capture the full essence of this paper. When done properly, a Pearl print appears to glow as it is viewed. The Photograph Arizona Landscape, is absolutely stunning when printed on this paper.

    • Canvas Gallery Wrap