Gourmandize

Gourmandize

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Gourmandize

Animal: Rockhopper Penguin
Location: Falkland Islands, (
Islas Malvinas)

 

Backstory 

Experience an intimate view as you gaze at a Rockhopper Penguin with a belly full of fish.  Everyday during breeding season penguins of all species have to risk their lives in the rough, predator filled, sea to just feed their chicks.  This fierce Rockhopper successfully returned back to its nesting grounds after dodging a viscous Sea Lion trying to snag its next meal.  It is paramount for penguins to feed their chicks as much food as possible because chick growth depends upon food and not age.

In a dangerous area, often not traveled to, lies a large congregation of rock where penguins porpoise as they arrive back from the sea.  Rockhopper penguins are some of the fiercest penguins often crashing against rocks as they battle ocean swells and swift currents.  As I scaled down a steep rock cliff I came to an abrupt stop.  I slowly repositioned myself to jump down onto rocks with my sixty pound pack on.  As I stood on the rock after jumping I was surrounded by curious Rockhopper Penguins hopping on over to inspect me as strong ocean swells crashed against rocks feet in front of me.

After arriving to this dangerous grouping of rocks, I took my camera out of my pack and laid down in standing water that was trapped in a rock in order to patiently wait for a curious rockhopper.  As I waited, a group of roughly ten Rockhopper Penguins porpoised onto the rocks from the ocean and all jumped by me.  Once the group passed my wish came true.  One of the Rockhoppers decided to curiously walk up to me for an inspection.  After seeing I was no fun the penguin proceeded to pose and preen inches in front of me as I captured its image. This moment shows why Mother Nature is truly the greatest artist of us all.


Each photo captured has a deep and intricate backstory, articulated above, that is printed alongside your print to give you the full behind the scenes look for each fine art photograph you purchase.


 

Print Options

Mediums

Acrylic Print: unmatched resolution, clarity, Dmax, vibrancy, and an unrivaled 3D perspective when observing the final product

What is an Acrylic print?  An Acrylic print is one of the highest quality prints money can buy.  It is the most popular medium purchased from us is our acrylic print identical to photos hanging in art museums due to the look and feel of the image appearing backlit.  Acrylic prints are a higher quality medium compared to the more common, and lesser quality, metal prints.  Acrylic come ready to hang with a built- in wall mount and require no frame.

Thomas only uses the highest quality print engineers in the industry to ensure standout prints by relying on proprietary methods superior to all other printers.  

Surface coat options: Both options offer UV protection, however the different surface coats will optimize your viewing experience depending on where you want to hang our print.  

Clear surface coat is best used in controlled environments with special lighting, or in an area with low glare from sources like windows.  Clear enhances your viewing experience in these environments by maximizing the 3D effect making the image appear backlit.  

UV surface coat is best used in areas with an uncontrollable lighting environment, such as placing the print near bright windows. 

Heavyweight Photo Paper: vivid colors, deep rich blacks, and brilliant bright whites give an authentic and impressive feeling when looking at the final product

What is the heavyweight photo paper? Heavyweight photo paper is like you traditional medium you know and are accustomed to, but ours is much more.  We only use high quality and color calibrated paper and printers to ensure an accurate and lifelike final product.  Tailored to each specific image, we determine which of our papers yields the most pleasing results.  The papers we normally use are: Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Super Type PD Luster, Fuji Crystal Archive Pearl Paper, Kodak Endura Metallic Paper, and Ilford Pearl Paper. 


Shipping

Although our print engineering time is shorter than the time Thomas spends in the field, there is still a short shipping delay.  Due to the detail and laborious process in creating your Acrylic print, your order may not ship out to you until fifteen days after you place your order.    

Heavyweight photo paper orders ship less than five days after your order is placed.


Other Information 

Refunds are only offered if the print is damaged on arrival and reported no later than 15 days after delivery. You may be charged customs duties and taxes for this print.