Eric has had a very unusual career as an inventor, design
engineer, system architect, technical manager, and
programmer. Unlike most "techie" engineer types, Eric
has a creative artistic side that is quite impressive.
You will find that the severe visual impairment that Eric
has lived with all his life has not prevented him from
creating stunning nature photographic art.
Eric began his
photographic career in
high school, starting with a Kodak Instamatic camera.
He discovered his love for photography, and quickly
graduated to his first SLR, a Beseler Topcon.
In the early years, Eric wanted to print color
photographs, but due to factors such as cost, space
requirements, and other issues, Eric never realized his
dream for a color darkroom.
When Eric worked at Apple Computer, he was introduced to
the Kodak PhotoCD technology, then being used and
experimented with in the QuickTime VR development effort.
Eric quickly began using the PhotoCD machine to scan all his
negatives to CD, and started using Adobe Photoshop to edit
the scans. In the early days, the computers were so
limited in processing power, memory, and disk space that
Eric was forced to use the quarter resolution PhotoCD
images. As time progressed, it became possible to work
with the full PhotoCD resolution of 18 MB.
Eric played a major role in the advent of digital
photography. Eric has over 100 patents, mostly related
to digital imaging, which are licensed to virtually every
major digital camera manufacturer in the world. However, it
was not until mid 2003 that Eric was forced to consider
switching to digital himself for his artistic nature
This event was triggered by the discontinuation of his
favorite film, Kodak Royal Gold 100. After many hours
studying the image quality of the available cameras, it
became clear that Canon had achieved a remarkable jump in
image quality over other manufacturers using their own CMOS
While the Canon 10D was not Eric's first digital camera -
he tested, developed, and evaluated many models as part of
his design and patent efforts - it was the first digital
camera that he considered capable of creating fine art images that
would rival film. To his utter amazement, this was a
severe underassessment! The digital images from
the 10D were substantially better than any film images, and
were capable of manipulations in Photoshop that were not
practical with scanned film images.
When the 20D was introduced, Eric wasted little time and
bought one. The 20D quickly proved to be a
significant advance in the technology, providing more pixels
and even lower image noise.
Eric had developed extensive capabilities in image
processing over the years , but there was
still a missing piece - the fine art print. Eric was an early
user of the Epson 1270 printer, which was capable of
excellent reproduction. But the longevity of the print
was insufficient, and you could still see ink "dots" under a
magnifier. This would not qualify as fine art. Eric waited, and when the new UltraChrome
K3™ ink technology was introduced by Epson in 2005, Eric was
in line for a new printer.
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"The fine art prints you get from
this technology, when used with the right photographic papers and
my proprietary image
processing and printing techniques are truly stunning, and can readily
be displayed in any art gallery or museum. No printing
artifacts are visible under a magnifier, and the 108 to 200
year archival life is more than satisfactory. You will
truly not believe your eyes - it is that good!"
Finally, after so many years, Eric now has his fine art darkroom.
It sits on the floor next to his desk in his home office.
"With Photoshop CS2 and other
Photoshop-compatible tools, combined with my proprietary
image processing techniques, you can do things that were only
dreamed about only a few years ago!"
One of the other technologies that Eric became interested
in, through his contact with the QuickTime VR project at
Apple Computer was the creation of panorama nature art. This
technique utilizes a series of single-frame images, stitched
into a single image using sophisticated image processing
software on the computer.
"Panoramic scenic landscapes are one of my most exciting capabilities.
It frees you from the limitations of lenses, and allows you
to capture and present truly stunning views of grand scenes
that could not be expressed in any other way."
Eric invites you to visit his online photo art galleries and
experience his Luminous Impressions of this beautiful world
that God Created.
2014 Update: A lot has happened since I
last edited this page. I switched to the Sony NEX-5N
in 2012 and am delighted by its magnificent 16 megapixel,
low noise HDR photographs! I now have Photoshop CS5,
and use SnapSeed by Google for some of its very useful
functions, plus Fractal Sharpen on Photoshop.
All digital photographs were taken with a Canon 10D or
camera, processed in Adobe Photoshop using proprietary
techniques and printed on an Epson Stylus™
Photo R2400 printer, using Epson UltraChrome K3™ archival
pigment inks, on one of the finest archival giclee papers, Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Prints and mounting materials meet
archival specifications. Larger prints are printed
using larger compatible printers, such as the Epson 10000
and 9600 printers.
All film photographs were taken with a Canon Elan camera,
and processed as specified above, using PhotoCD scanning
technology to digitize the film image.
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