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    [–] I fight my latent imposter's syndrome by making big ass prints. Particularly proud of this one. jawanda 2 points ago in pics

    Understandable, no offense taken, and when I first started out I would have said the same thing. 800+ is the cost for a "custom order", meaning you go to my gallery and choose this photo (at this size) from the hundreds available. When ordered in that fashion, the steps involved to produce the piece are many and take a very long time (printing is 1+ hour, measuring, cutting, and assembling stretcher bars, another hour, plus this size needs a cross brace, another thirty mins, then the canvas is varnished, needs to dry preferably over night, THEN the piece is stretched, etc) . Even packaging a print that size for shipping takes me well over an hour. And this is just the production of the print, it doesn't take into account a full night spent on a mountain, nor the 8+ hours of editing for one of these massively high resolution "vertoramas".

    It's true that the margins JUST on materials are pretty good, but the time factor is what justifies the price. That's also why I'm able to offer prints at huge discounts if they are already created, the time has already been spent and I just want to move the piece at that point.

    I'm also one of the cheapest guys in town... Probably the cheapest at this quality level in my area.

    [–] I fight my latent imposter's syndrome by making big ass prints. Particularly proud of this one. jawanda 2 points ago in pics

    I linked it a little further down in the comments, I'd love for you to check it out. Let me know if you can't find the link, thanks for the good words!

    [–] I fight my latent imposter's syndrome by making big ass prints. Particularly proud of this one. jawanda 26 points ago in pics

    haha well "impostor's syndrome" is the feeling that everyone else in your business / field / circle know what the fuck they are doing and are "real professionals" and you are not, you're an "impostor" who's just fooling everyone. And it's "latent" because I shouldn't still feel it at this point in my career (and it's not as bad now) but there's still a little bit in the back of my mind.

    [–] The Milky Way over Delicate Arch - Arches National Park, Utah [OC][COMPOSITE][1638x2048] jawanda 2 points ago in EarthPorn

    Ya know I get why they are allowed, even if I disagree with it, it is a slippery slope when you start policing "editing".

    As I said above, my personal line in the sand that I won't cross is combining imagery from drastically different times / places. Meaning, my sky and foreground layers must always be shot within the same relative window of time from the same position / angle (minus the small bit of movement that comes from the star tracker) and at the same focal length. Focus stacking, bracketing, etc, are ok with me because though they may seem very similar to a composite like this, they actually use source imagery that was captured at the same time and of the same place, and the difference between layers is based on changes to technical settings. I can see how this would seem totally arbitrary to someone else, but it's what I consider "honest" in regards to gathering the source material and it informs how I shoot, edit, etc.

    [–] I fight my latent imposter's syndrome by making big ass prints. Particularly proud of this one. jawanda 2 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in pics

    This image and most things I print huge are comprised of several high megapixel shots to create super high resolution. In the case of this "vertorama" it is comprised of I believe 5 vertically overlapping portrait-oriented shots, with a native resolution of close to 100MegaPixels, so it can actually go MUCH bigger than this.

    [–] I fight my latent imposter's syndrome by making big ass prints. Particularly proud of this one. jawanda 2 points ago in pics

    Hah Thanks a lot I'm glad you like it!

    Since I'm getting asked this I hope it's ok to answer one time:

    I have a website www.phil.camera where my prints are available. There's ONE copy of this print available in my big ass holiday sale at a big ass discount (you'll see it linked all over the home page) or it can be custom ordered for more moneys via the gallery.

    [–] The Milky Way over Delicate Arch - Arches National Park, Utah [OC][COMPOSITE][1638x2048] jawanda 5 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in EarthPorn

    Of course I'd rather have you be honest about it being a composite than lie, but I'd much prefer that your artistic integrity prevented you from creating such inauthentic photos in the first place. I think it just bothers me because ... I know you KNOW how hard it can be to get the "real" shot, how many freezing cold, uncomfortable nights spent on rocks and ledges and in dark woods ...

    I just can't imagine missing the shot and then putting in a fake night sky under any circumstances. Anyway, like I said, normally a huge fan of your work but you lost a point or two with me.

    Edit: And the fact that you COULD have played this off as authentic is the whole point! The only thing we have is our own self imposed integrity...

    Edit 2: I realize I hold the minority view here, it is "allowed", and that's that. Do what you will.

    [–] The Milky Way over Delicate Arch - Arches National Park, Utah [OC][COMPOSITE][1638x2048] jawanda 6 points ago in EarthPorn

    I love your work, but I wish you hadn't done this. Not getting the shot because weather is just part of the game, as you know. You can tell people that it's a composite, but most will still not understand the difference between this 100% inauthentic night sky and the night sky in the rest of your (and my own) photos which have a higher level of integrity to the actual conditions..

    [–] I fight my latent imposter's syndrome by making big ass prints. Particularly proud of this one. jawanda 26 points ago in pics

    I want you to :) I'll drop you a pm, it's on sale almost half off as part of my 2018 holiday promotion.

    [–] I fight my latent imposter's syndrome by making big ass prints. Particularly proud of this one. jawanda 2 points ago in pics

    Hah I appreciate the feedback! It's not something I normally do, but I felt like "imposters syndrome" is basically the "official psychological condition of reddit" lol so thought I'd mention it. In hindsight I agree with you.

    [–] I fight my latent imposter's syndrome by making big ass prints. Particularly proud of this one. jawanda 7 points ago in pics

    Just thought people could relate. I can look at this objectively and KNOW I'm doing good quality work, but it's a constant battle to keep that "other" voice subdued.