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Mark Andrews’ studio, Panorama Printers, stretches the boundaries of art, décor, and photography. Andrews is becoming well known along Colorado’s Front Range as one of the premier panoramic photographers, particularly among the legion of rock climbers that populate some of the hottest climbing spots in Colorado which Andrews documents.
Andrews has taken the ultra-high-resolution gigapixel pano capture to the next level with giant prints on LexJet Sunset Select Matte Canvas that bring mountain landscape scenery to life. His gigapixel panos are stitched from 100 to 400 shots from his 16-Mpxl Canon 1DS Mark II. Many of the prints Andrews creates feature a shot of the entire landscape and then another print that brings the viewer closer to one small section of the landscape.
Andrews is able to attain the highest possible print quality using a tight color management process driven by the Eye-One color calibration system and an Epson 11880. While his original intention was to utilize his expertise in fine-art giclee reproductions, Andrews has found a more commercial yet wholly artistically-satisfying application for his work.
Recently, Andrews employed high-resolution digital photography to re-create a patina copper pattern on a ceiling at a showcase home. The project came about after Andrews printed a panorama of Longs Peak for his accountant, who in turn introduced him to MiShell Shasteen, who owns a home staging and decorating service in Parker, Colo., about 30 miles north of Andrews’ studio in Colorado Springs.
Shasteen wanted a wall covering on the ground floor dining room ceiling. While “casting about for something to put up on her ceiling as a wall covering I took a couple of shots of a copper ceiling in the basement bar area,” explains Andrews. “The ceiling was kind of non-descript and the tiles were very muted. The first shot I took was underexposed, which showed all the colors lying underneath the patina. I showed her a couple of shots of what she had, and she had no idea it looked so good.”
Mark Andrews points out the detail he's able to get from his high-resolution gigapixel panoramics on Sunset Select Matte Canvas.
So the decision was made to reproduce the copper pattern on the dining room ceiling, and Andrews went to work shooting each individual tile to be reproduced on Sunset Select Matte Canvas. At the same time, Andrews went looking for a qualified wallpaper hanger.
“Fortunately, I didn’t have to go too far into the phone book: AAA Wallpaper and Hanging, owned by Richard Lohner in Parker. I found out that he was the wallpaper hanger used for the renovation of Molly Brown’s house. I figured that if he restores historical landmarks, he probably knows his stuff,” says Andrews.
Andrews stitched the tiles together and printed them on 36-in. wide x 15-ft. long strips of canvas, leaving an extra inch on the edge so that the wallpaper hanger could double-cut the canvas for a seemingly seamless seam.
“The wallpaper hangers flipped out when they checked out the characteristics of the canvas. Not only is it tough as hot nails when they put it up, especially since most wallpapers are very flimsy, but if you want to strip it off you can pull it off in one strip. It’s a 10-minute job to strip one room,” says Andrews.