A six and a half-hour exposure of the night sky.
This image began as an idea one night whilst camping under the stars. The original idea was to capture stars through the clouds that I saw in the morning. As the concept developed, I started thinking about what I could ‘squeeze’ into the frame. There are essentially three parts to this image: the “Southern Cross”, the South Celestial Pole and the dusk light. The photograph was captured over five months, needing remote, clear, cloudless, pollution free, light free locations; and without the moon. Typically there are only several days a month to try to capture the stars in this way so that the moon does not interfere with the shot.
The shot itself was a six and a half-hour exposure pointing the camera due south with the bottom of the frame touching the horizon and the top of the frame right up to the top of the sky. The brightest stars are both the Southern Cross constellation and the “Pointers”. The South Celestial Pole is in the centre of the circles.
An additional technical challenge was the re-shooting, on the same film, of a sunset over the ocean (double exposure).
location: Western Australia, camera: Tomiyama, lens Nikkor SW90, film: Kodak 100ASA, shutter speed: 6 hour 24 minutes, filters: None, time and conditions: clear skies, 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 150x48cm, 175x57cm, 200x64cm, 250x80cm, to 300x96cm. Triptych panels are also available, please inquire.
Printing: Printed with pigment inks on silver based 'mirror like' photographic paper, then mounted under 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'. Acrylic glass 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, afterwards apply isopropyl alcohol (or preferably 'Mr Sheen') wiping off any marks with a plain facial tissue.
Contact Ric J Steininger Gallery:
Address: Shop 22/1-3 Coondoo Street, Kuranda
(Cairns), Queensland 4881 Australia
Postal: PO Box 12269d, Cairns DC QLD 4870
tel: (+61) 07 4052-1533