A few weeks ago I was sitting in an airplane with mountains going by outside the window, and idly snapped a few pictures. They weren’t bad, and I wondered about printing one.
I consulted with my neighbor Scott August, who when not being an artist has a high-quality printing business, and asked him how big we could go. Here’s how big:
To my highly-biased eye it looks wonderful.
It’s 40 by 50 inches, more or less. I left all the grain in and Scott printed it on canvas and they sort of cancel each other out. If I were doing this again I might go with paper because my feelings about the loss of grain are mixed. Anyhow, it’ll go up on the wall either at the house or the cabin, soon.
Bear in mind that I shot this with my Canon S100 “pocket camera”. Next time you’re reading a camera review and someone says that with X megapixels you could really only print Y inches big, I bet the Y/X ratio here is bigger than that.
Of course, I shot this illustration with my big SLR and an expensive 30mm
Sigma wide-angle lens, for optimal reproduction.