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ERIC ANDERSON

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 photographic work.  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 sensors.

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 UpdateA 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.
 

TECH NOTES

All digital photographs were taken with a Canon 10D or 20D 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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