Twin lightning strikes, looking like an angel standing on the water, with its wings in the clouds.
Capturing this frame was very challenging. It’s an instant exposure that took eight days to achieve. The difficulty with lightning is that it is only there for the briefest time. The phrase “Can we try that again?” is not applicable – once it flashes, it’s gone. To capture this type of photograph you need to storm chase; in this case I chased storms for eight days with the intention of returning in a couple of weeks. Every night for eight days I had no sleep. My eyes were fixed on the heavens, watching for storms that might come my way. Higher Power was shot at 5am on the seventh morning. It was a strange storm traveling in the opposite direction of all the previous storms. It all came together so beautifully. A long, narrow stretch of cloud filled the frame perfectly. The cloud dissipated above me so that no rain and no lightning would fall on me. The moon was sitting behind the cloud adding to the magnificent mauve tone that illuminates this image. Originally I wanted to name this photograph ‘Angel’s Wings’, inspired by the faint glow behind the lighting that looks like an angel.
This was a very powerful twin strike. A few days before, in the same spot, lightning was striking all around me, with trees exploding – scary!
location: Northern Territory, camera: Tomiyama, lens Nikkor SW90, film: Fuji 100ASA, shutter speed: 3 minutes, filters: None, time and conditions: 5am, limited edition: 360
* When selecting sizes, please ensure to click on 'material' and select either '3mm Float Frame' or '6mm Float Frame'. The typical preferred thickness of Acrylic Glass used is 3mm; providing an attractive light weight finish. However, for sizes 175cm and upwards, 6mm Acrylic Glass is used to ensure a more rigid finish. This 6mm thickness also creates an additional 3-dimensional sense or appearance ... though is a little more expensive.
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Printing and framing:
Limited Edition: Personally signed and numbered limited edition prints, available at standard sizes from 100x32cm, 125x40cm, 150x48cm, 175x57cm, 200x64cm, 250x80cm, to 300x96cm. Triptich panels are also available, please inquire.
Printing: Printed with pigment inks on silver-based photographic paper, then mounted under Polycarbonate acrylic glass presenting each image crisp and clear. Most people when first viewing are convinced that they are lit from behind with their inherent 'luminosity'. Polycarbonate is a totally transparent material with very little reflection but is also virtually unbreakable.
Lighting: People often ask if they should instal lighting for the images. And I recommend not to, at least for the first few months. For how the images hold light is simply wonderful. I often refer to them more so as gems or jewels in the way that they hold light. Especially in very low light they become holographic by nature. And the tones shift as the sun rises or sets ... It is very attractive. But if you do wish to install, perhaps highlight just the midsection with a warm tone light.
Float-frame: Provided on the back of each is an aluminium float-frame. This frame presents the photographs off the wall as if it is floating. It is very elegant. Then included is a matching hanging rail that simply is screwed level onto the wall. And interlocks perfectly with the float-frame providing a totally secure hanging system.
Archival qualities: Pigment inks have incredible archival quality. And combined with the acrylic glass, of which is 100% UV resistant, there is no chance of fading or discolouration. The Australian sun is particularly harsh and though I do not recommend continual direct sun all work is guaranteed with a lifetime replacement (as an interior art).
Investment: The Art is presented as a limited edition collection. And once sold out is finished and complete. No longer available. This creates an investment opportunity, with the work continually increasing in value. And together with their timeless appeal and the archival quality ... makes it a most attractive investment.
Deliveries are fully insured and guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. Domestic freight charges are included. International freight is sent via Federal Express (TNT) and is priced dependant on sizes (please see at checkout); priced from $30 (50x16cm) - $200 (250x80cm). All orders are freshly made. And after printing and signing are then mounted under the Acrylic Glass. Typical delivery times are 3-4 weeks. Please advise if you seek a priority service.
Cleaning: When cleaning simply use a feather duster. And if necessary use isopropyl alcohol with a plain facial tissue.
Contact Ric J Steininger Gallery:
Address: Shop 22/1-3 Coondoo Street, Kuranda
(Cairns), Queensland Australia
Postal: PO Box 12269d, Cairns QLD 4870
tel: (+61) 07 4052-1533