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Artist: Dan McLean

Studio: Dan McLean Photography

Bullhead Lily
Title: Bullhead Lily
Description: Archival Pigment Print
Media: Photography
Size: 16 x 20
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Phone:(415) 298-9529

About Dan McLean

My intent in making an image is to translate my initial spark of interest into an image that conveys that spark to the viewer. My subjects are mostly taken from nature, a result of my lifelong love of the outdoors. But other subjects catch my eye – buildings, forms, patterns, colors.

Like many photographers, I began with 35 mm film. When high quality digital cameras became available, I added that technique. More recently, I have been focusing on medium format film capture. All of my work is printed digitally using archival materials.

Regardless of the mechanics of capturing and printing an image, my philosophy is to do a minimum of image manipulation in the field or in printing. My aim is to present a print that is a realistic interpretation of the scene that attracted my interest. However, a good print cannot be produced without making allowance for the fact that the camera does not capture exactly what our eye sees. In capturing the image, I may use polarizing, warming, contrast control or neutral density filters and will occasionally use flash, shades or reflectors for light control. During processing, I work with contrast, color and saturation to produce a print that represents my original intent.

Phone (415) 298-9529