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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 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

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, 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:

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

Capture One Pro 7 Makes for a Very Beary Christmas

Posted in General, Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife with tags , , , , , on December 20, 2012 by kendoophotography
Grizzly Cub on archival canvas---printed approximately life-sized! ©2007 Ken Doo Photography

Grizzly Cub on archival canvas—printed approximately life-sized! ©2007 Ken Doo Photography

During the summer of 2007, I went to Alaska to photograph grizzly bears on the Katmai Peninsula.  It was a fantastic trip with many memorable wildlife and landscape images.  I used an old Canon 5D classis with a paltry 12 megapixels to photograph the grizzly cub in the above photo.  That’s a five-foot long print on canvas.  What’s surprising is how the state of raw processor technology can improve to the point of allowing the photographer to produce better quality images from the same raw image files taken years earlier.  I have an older 40×60 print of this grizzly cub standing tall on display.  I recently sold the image with the client requesting that it be printed on canvas.  Recently Phase One released its latest version 7 of Capture One Pro, the raw processing software that I use for my Phase One IQ180 and Canon DSLR.  When I reprocessed the grizzly bear cub image from 2007 in C1Pro7, it was like having a new camera!  The resulting printed image was obviously much better than the original 12 megapixel image—and right in time for the holidays!  There was much more detail in the face of the cub compared to earlier prints. The improvement is not as noticeable when using a high resolution medium format digital back, however I have been printing more frequently for other photographer’s and artists, and being able to extract more information or detail from their files in preparation for print is always a welcome addition.  For more information on fine art printing, contact me at my boutique portrait photography studio in Carmel.  Ken  (831) 626-1844

Monterey County Artist’s Studio Tour Weekend!

Posted in Events, General, Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2012 by kendoophotography

Doorway to Monterey County. ©2012 Ken Doo. One of five new B&W landscape images printed on a dedicated K7 B&W MPS Selenium printer on display this weekend at my Carmel studio.

The Monterey County Artist’s Studio Tour will be held on September 29 + 30, 2012, from 11:00 PM until 5:00 PM on each day.  Artists throughout Monterey County participating in the tour open their studios to the public giving them a glimpse at the artist’s work and workplace.  An opening reception kicking off the event will be held on Friday, September 28, 2011 at the Pacific Grove Art Center on Lighthouse Avenue from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Maps with addresses/directions of various artists are available at local retailers and at the opening reception on Friday evening.  (My studio is #42 on the map!).  The public is welcome to preview artwork on display by various artists as well as enjoy refreshments , raffles and prizes.  This year I plan on showing a few unique pieces of my landscape photography printed on a specially converted K7 Piezography B&W MPS Selenium printer.  Several images were captured using my new Cambo WRS 1050 technical camera and Phase One IQ180.   A demonstration of this special B&W printer system was planned, but in all likelihood the demonstration will be cancelled by required parts and maintenance.  I will also be showing several large panoramic images with incredible detail, some approaching eight feet in length, photographed by me with high resolution medium format digital cameras.  Come by and visit my boutique photography studio in Carmel, see some of my landscape photography, and enjoy a glass of wine, coffee, and cheesecake (hey, I like cheesecake.).   You can see more of my landscape photography at  .  ken

For more information call (831) 626-1844

Breathing Color’s Timeless Matte Comes to Ken Doo Photography

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by kendoophotography
Belated, I know—but I’ve been busy busy busy!! Several weeks ago Breathing Color sent me some of their new Timeless matte finish varnish to test.  I had done some earlier beta testing on what was initially called, “Glamour III.”  The earlier beta solutions showed promise, but nothing that I felt would change my workflow with Breathing Color’s time-proven soft gloss varnish, Glamour II.   The Timeless matte finish changes that!  Breathing Color’s new varnish, “Timeless” and is touted more for ease of use in its application.  Glamour II will remain my choice for a gentle gloss varnish canvas protectant, particularly since it works so well when applied by HVLP spray gun.  But most interesting of note is the new Timeless matte finish.  Until the release of Timeless matte, previous matte canvas protectants have been pretty lackluster.  I received a test pint of the new Timeless matte varnish from Breathing Color, and all I can say is that I am pleasantly surprised.  It is slightly more difficult to apply than Glamour II, but I attribute that more to finding the right balance in applying the new finish by HVLP.  Because Timeless is not meant to be diluted, the matte solution is definitely more expensive than Glamour II.  I have since printed a beautiful canvas piece for Carmel Artist Emy Ledbetter, and her initial reaction to the matte finish was very positive.  I’m waiting for her reaction to the 24″x24″ canvas print with Timeless matte once she has had the piece stretched and gallery wrapped.  I think the real winner in the Timeless line for Breathing Color is it’s matte finish.  Breathing Color’s Lyve Canvas now has an unbeatable combination with a choice of a soft gloss finish with Glamour II or a true matte finish with Timeless.  Both finishes enrich colors and provide archival protection.   Glamour II will remain as a first choice for protecting canvas giclee prints, but the addition of Breathing Color’s Timeless in my studio is a perfect addition in being able to offer clients a true matte finish.
For more information on giclee printing on canvas, contact me at my boutique portrait photography studio in Carmel or call 831-626-1844.  kmd

Wait a Minute!! Real Canvas for Banners??

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on June 26, 2010 by kendoophotography

CHS swimmers take a closer look at banners printed on canvas and displayed at the Carmel High School Pool at the MTAL Championships.

Yep.  Some people are a bit incredulous when they see real canvas being used for signage and banners.  No cheap vinyl used here.  I have been printing most all of my fine art and portrait photography work in studio on a wide format printer, capable of printing up to 44″ wide using archival pigmented inks on a wide variety of fine art substrates.  When my son started playing water polo and swimming for Carmel High School, I started using my studio printer to print wide format banners to boost team spirit and support.  In February 2010, the Friends of Carmel Aquatics (FOCA) started offering local businesses sponsorship opportunities at the new Carmel High School Pool, Bob Walthour Aquatic Center.  FOCA asked me to print the pool banners, and I made the decision to offer businesses a higher quality canvas banner.  Canvas?  Yes, canvas!

Banner tape reinforces the "grommetless" banner hanging system

I am very familiar with the durability of gallery wrapped canvas portraits produced in my studio, as well as the better color gamut of a fine art canvas over a vinyl substrate.  I chose to use Breathing Color’s 800M canvas.  Breathing Color’s 800M is an excellent economical choice and has proven to be an ideal banner substrate with its  excellent color gamut.  When coated with Breathing Color’s Glamour II, the 800M is very weather resistant.  Over the course of approximately six months (and ongoing) none of the banners on display at the CHS pool have  exhibited any fading; colors and details remain vibrant and true.  Admittedly, there are a couple banners at the pool that were made with Breathing Color’s highly regarded, industry leading Lyve Canvas, the same canvas that I use for museum gallery wrapped canvas portraits in my boutique photography studio in Carmel, California–but only because I ran out of 800M!  The 800M canvas is stronger than vinyl and less susceptible to tearing when exposed to the elements.  The banners also use a new grommetless hanging system, that when reinforced with banner tape, is actually stronger than normal grommets. 

Breathing Color's Glamour II is the secret sauce for protecting banners from the elements. Two coats are applied by HVLP sprayer.

Pool sponsorships and banners are still being sold by FOCA to area business.  (*hint* The cost of sponsorship and a canvas banner at special pricing is less expensive than the normal cost of a banner available elsewhere).  For more information on pool sponsorship banners, contact FOCA or contact me at the studio, Ken Doo Photography (831) 626-1844.

Metallic Fine Art Paper Added to Giclee Printing Media Selections

Posted in General, Portraiture, Weddings and Bridal with tags , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2010 by kendoophotography

Creating a custom icc printer profile for Sugar Cane Fine Art Paper in my boutique studio in Carmel, CA

I have been printing my own portraits and landscapes for several years in my boutique studio in Carmel, CA.  Printing in-house increased efficiency and quality control of products offered by my studio.  It allows me to offer my clients a higher quality product and a greater range of the finest archival fine art papers, canvas, and substrates available.  The studio also provides high resolution photographic copywork for artists and produces giclee prints, or fine art reproductions, for artists on a variety of archival papers and canvas.  Photographic copy work is done with digital medium format, using a Phase 645DF and Phase One P65+ medium format digital back.  The P65+ is currently the highest resolution full frame medium format digital back with 60.5 megapixels, and produces approximately 350 megabyte 16 bit TIFF digital files.  Archival printing is with pigmented inks and on select fine art substrates up to 44 -inches in width.  Custom icc printer profiles are generated by me in studio, including expanded custom profiles with custom grays to insure better shadow detail and exceptional black and white images.

Beginning this month, Ken Doo Photography in Carmel, CA is adding a new metallic paper to its growing selection of fine art media.  The new metallic media shares similarities with Kodak’s Endura Metallic paper but I am now able to print in studio beyond Kodak’s 30-inch width limitation, up to the maximum of my printer’s 44-inch capabilities!  The metallic fine art paper is a smooth shiny surface with exceptional gloss and depth.  The new metallic media looks great with both color and black and white images, and I am looking forward to using this new fine art paper for both my portrait and wedding clients.  I will be adding a special infra-red converted camera to the studio soon, and anticipate that black and white infra-red portraits will look exceptional on this new metallic fine art paper, particularly for my wedding clients and engagement portrait sessions.

Visit the studio to see samples of this new metallic media and other available fine art papers and canvas!  Other fine art medias available include Baryta photographic papers, Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Cotton Elegance Velvet, and Lyve Canvas.  Printing in studio gives me confidence that I am providing my portrait, wedding, and commercial clients the highest quality products, and consequently, I limit the media substrates that I offer as the finest fine art papers and museum gallery-wrapped canvas that I believe are currently available. 

Photographic copy work using Digital Medium Fomat for artists is available in studio and on location.   Call or visit the studio regarding giclee fine art printing and reproduction for artists.

For more information contact the studio at (831) 626-1844.   kmd

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