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New Year New Approaches

Posted in Events, General, Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife, Portraiture, Weddings and Bridal with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2016 by kendoophotography
Me and my boys with  Grandma in studio.

Me and my boys with Grandma in studio. Phase XF, IQ180, Schneider 40-80mm LS.

The New Year holiday is often a time of introspection and promises of resolutions for the near future. When in reality it is something that everyone should be doing throughout the year. I am constantly gauging for myself what works and what may be improved. 2015 was a very busy and good year, but also one filled with the stresses of how to handle and protect a loved one afflicted with dementia. It hasn’t been easy. But we’ve also been very fortunate to have the resources and discipline to do what is both best and necessary. We have moved my mom from the Bay area to Monterey, making it much easier to spend time with her. It was definitely the right decision and just in time for the new year. There won’t be broken commitments to the latest fad diet or unused gym memberships–that’s never been a problem for our family! 2016 will be a reaffirmation of family and the things that are important to me in life. Professionally, I have decided to remain focused on fine portraiture, commercial photography, and fine art printing for artists and photographers. I will no longer do corporate event work. I will limit the studio to one wedding per year (yup, only one).  And yes, that means taking more time to travel for landscape photography.  2016 is going to be a great year.  kmd.

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Three Studio Artist Tour Hosted by Emy Ledbetter, Sandy Robinson, and Arlene Stigum

Posted in Events, General with tags , , , , , , on September 23, 2015 by kendoophotography

Studio Tour 2015

 

Don’t miss this three artist studio tour being held this weekend in Carmel, by Artists Emy Ledbetter, Sandy Robinson, and Arlene Stigum.  Studios open September 26 + 27, 2015 from 12 Noon to 5 PM.  Details on the flyer!  Both Sandy and Emy also have featured artists galleries at www.carmelfineartprinting.com ken  For more information on fine art printing on archival OBA free canvas and fine art papers, contact the studio or Carmel Fine Art Printing & Reproduction, the area’s premier fine art printer.  From Vision to Print!  Easy online ordering of your photos on canvas or fine art papers.

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Lucretia Cambas and Emy Ledbetter Art Exhibition May 23, 2015 — Meet the Artists!

Posted in Events, General with tags , , , on May 18, 2015 by kendoophotography

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Come visit the studio this weekend, Saturday, May 23, 2015 and meet 100 year old artist Lucretia Cambas and Carmel artist Emy Ledbetter.  Both of their varied works will be on display this Saturday, from 1:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M.  Original works and giclee fine art reproductions will be available for purchase.  Meet the artists and enjoy some refreshments!  Please call the studio at (831) 626-1844 for questions or directions.  Ken

Both Lucretia Cambas and Emy Ledbetter are featured artists at www.carmelfineartprinting.com   You can view their galleries and purchase fine art reproductions as well.

Carmel Fine Art Printing & Reproduction Grand Opening! 50% Off Prints Limited Time Offer!

Posted in Events, General, Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife, Portraiture, Weddings and Bridal with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2015 by kendoophotography
Bonsai Rock Panorama  available printed on Hahn Photographic Baryta and Canson Rag Photographique. ©2015 Ken Doo. Cambo WRS, IQ180, HR70 t/s.

Bonsai Rock Panorama available printed on Hahnemuhle Photographic Baryta and Canson Rag Photographique. ©2015 Ken Doo. Cambo WRS, IQ180, HR70 t/s.

It’s official!  I’ve launched my fine art printing website, Carmel Fine Art Printing & Reproduction, making it easier to clients to order fine art prints, giclee canvas, and place re-orders for prints. To mark the grand opening and introduction of the website, online print orders will be 50% off  for a limited time only, until April 10, 2015.  Carmel Fine Art Printing & Reproduction was started for artists, photographers, and the general public to allow easier access to printing their images on the best archival fine art materials.  The website features an easy digital file uploading page tool which also allows users to open a free account, share their portfolio images with friends or their clients, and place orders from any device.  The website also allows for sending evaluation files and larger digital files for large prints and special orders, such as B&W K7 Piezography prints.

Gallery-wrapped stretched canvas ready for delivery.  Carmel Fine Art Printing uses archival Lyve canvas and state of the art printers using pigmented inks. Notice the great corners!

Gallery-wrapped stretched canvas ready for delivery. Carmel Fine Art Printing uses archival Lyve canvas and state of the art printers using pigmented inks. Notice the great corners!

Once files are uploaded, users can select print sizes, crop their images, and choose from many different fine art medias including photographic baryta papers, fine art cotton matte papers, and gallery wrapped canvas. Users can select finishing options from just a rolled print, to stretched canvas, canvas floaters and frames—ready to hang.  The fine art paper and canvas selections are exceptional and a step above normal photo lab offerings. The studio’s state of the art printers can produce images up to 44″ in width by whatever length.

Gallery wrapped and stretch bamboo!  Stretched fine art papers is a Carmel Fine Art exclusive!

Gallery wrapped and stretched bamboo! Stretched fine art papers is available to clients and is a Carmel Fine Art Printing & Reproduction exclusive offering!

Gallery wrapped stretched fine art papers is an exclusive offering from Carmel Fine Art Printing. It is a labor intensive process requiring hand coating of the fine art paper in preparation for stretching over 1.75″ wood bars. Bamboo paper is particularly well-suited for stretching, with the final product being tight as a drum.

Exceptional B&W printing is offered by Carmel Fine Art Printing & Reproduction.

Exceptional B&W printing is offered by Carmel Fine Art Printing & Reproduction.

Carmel Fine Art Printing & Reproduction is also one of the few printing studios to offer B&W K7 Piezography printing. Beautiful B&W prints are normally available on the studio’s Epson 9900 printer, with B&W K7 Piezography prints available only by special order. B&W prints from the studio’s K7 printer are simply exceptional.  K7 Piezography MPS selenium prints are available on both matte and glossy papers.  If clients do not have a print ready digital file, Carmel Fine Art Printing & Reproduction also provides high resolution scans and copy work for artists. This process produces a high quality digital file in preparation for the printing process. The studio uses a Phase One IQ180 medium format digital back with 80 megapixels, which is ideal for both color and B&W reproduction. The image above was reproduced using the IQ180 to first generate a high resolution file for some minor restoration work on a family image taken with a young President John F. Kennedy. The image was then printed on K7 B&W Piezography printer. This image exemplifies memorable portraits that are deserving of archival fine art printing!  Printing Family portraits, Wedding portraits, Anniversaries, and other special memories is no different than an artist or photographer seeking to use museum quality materials to sell or simply to display their work. Carmel Fine Art Printing & Reproduction helps you From Vision to Print.

Visit www.carmelfineartprinting.com and let me know your thoughts!  50% off prints introduction offer is for new clients and good until April 10, 2015. Use coupon code carmel50. Offer does not apply to featured artists galleries.  Professional/business accounts are welcome.  Please contact me at (831) 626-1844 for any questions.  Ken Doo

CHS Water Polo Team & Individual Photos and the 2014 CHERRIES File is Online!

Posted in Events, General with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2014 by kendoophotography
Brett Luch fires on goal. An image from the Cherries File. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

Brett Luch fires on goal. An image from the Cherries File. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

The 2014 Carmel High School Boys Water Polo season has finally come to an end, marked by an exciting finish with Carmel beating Soquel to win the league Championship.  Photos from Frosh, JV, and Varsity games remain online for purchase at www.kendoophotography.instaproofs.com.  Also just posted online for review and purchase is the “Cherries File.”  The Cherries File is an accumulation of the best images from throughout the entire water polo season. It’s worth a look!  Team & Individual photos are also posted online at http://kendoophotography.instaproofs.com/enterEvent.php?id=1143304  The Frosh, JV, and Varsity Team photos will be on display at the end of season banquet coming up in December. Each team portrait was photographed using a medium format digital camera, with the resulting image printed large at 40″ x 60″ with incredible detail.  All work is produced in studio and I have since expanded my fine art printing offerings to artists and photographers with Carmel Fine Art Printing & Reproduction.

Please contact me at my boutique portrait studio in Carmel if you have any questions.  Ken (831) 626-1844

 

Bob Walthour: The Passing of an Icon

Posted in General, Portraiture with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2014 by kendoophotography
Bob Walthour at home. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography. Cambo WRS, IQ180, HR90

Bob Walthour at home. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography. Cambo WRS, IQ180, HR90

Coach Bob Walthour passed away last weekend, marking the loss of a much loved and respected local icon in Carmel, California.  I had gotten to know Bob through US Masters Swimming on the Monterey Peninsula. On occasion I would join Bob in the early morning hours at the old excuse of a pool at Carmel High School, where we would swim in the incredibly shallow water. On some mornings my eldest son Kenny would sit next to Bob.  Kenny was probably barely four years old; he’s now nearing twenty years and swimming competitively. That old excuse of a pool is now a world class facility at Carmel High School, named after none other than Coach Bob Walthour. Long since retired, Bob would still swim with Masters at 5:00 A.M. well into his eighties. He was often seen observing swim meets at Carmel High School.

A portrait session with Bob Walthour at his home earlier this year.  ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

A portrait session with Bob Walthour at his home earlier this year. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

I had the opportunity to photograph Bob a few times both in my boutique portrait studio in Carmel and also at his home in Carmel, just a few blocks away. The last time I photographed Bob was just in March of this year (2014). It was a special portrait session for me because I chose to use a Cambo technical camera with an IQ180 medium format digital back, along with a Rodenstock HR90mm lens.  Not exactly a fast moving portrait outfit, normally intended for landscapes!   Bob sat patiently for me while I used a Microsoft Surface Pro tethered to my IQ180 to assist with framing and focusing of the portrait.  I used a single studio strobe.  I converted the huge 80 megapixel RAW files using Capture One Pro 7. I then opted to convert the selected portrait into B&W and printed the portrait on the studio’s specially converted K7 B&W piezography fine art printer.  I love Bob’s personality in this portrait.  We’re going to miss you, Bob.

The Bob Walthour Aquatic Center remains unfinished and is still seeking donations to complete the facility.  Contact www.carmelpool.org for donation information.  For more information on medium format digital portraiture or fine art K7 B&W Piezography printing, contact me at the studio at (831) 626-1844.   Ken

Ken Doo – The Happy Lawyer or Happier Photographer

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on October 18, 2013 by kendoophotography

I just thought I’d share a quick post/link from www.tastarsupply.com, where I purchase fine art printer supplies.  I was recently interviewed by Tastar Supply for their October 2013 newsletter.  I’ve been super busy with portrait sessions, fine art printing, and photographing events–most recently for the California State Bar with the CA Supreme Court Chief Justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye.  This weekend we return to photograph and print on-site at UC Merced’s Family Day and also photograph the UC Merced Chancellor’s Awards.  Anyway, you can read the article from Tastar Supply here:  http://www.tastarsupply.com/news.php?news_id=134#newsid134

I like the folks at Tastar Supply because they are always friendly, professional, and offer competitive pricing. Their recycling programs is innovative and makes staying green a little easier!  ken

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