2017 Kansas Calendar & Print Promotion

2017 Kansas Calendar & Print Promotion

2017 Kansas Calendar

Along with the new 2017 Kansas calendars this year I have added an extra offering that can be purchased along with the calendars. Prints of any month including bonus and cover image can be purchased with any calendar order. A total of 14 images to chose from. You can see them all on the order page.

  • Calendars are $14.95 each.
  • Calendar plus loose unmatted print sized 8×12 inches are $39.95.
  • Calendar plus print matted (white) 12×16 inches are $49.95.
  • 20% discount on all order of 5 or more.
  • Free shipping within the Continental US.

Various combinations of calendars and prints (matted or unmatted) can be made as well. Just email us with what you are wanting and we will let you know what the total cost will be. Please keep in mind these prints are not available at these reduced prices without the purchase of at least one calendar per print order. For example, if you are wanting 5 prints, 3 unmatted and 2 matted this will require the purchase of 5 calendars at the prices mentioned above. As also mentioned you will receive a 20% discount on orders of 5 or more of any combinations.

Prints, whether matted or unmatted are personally printed in house on Red River UltraPro Satin Photo Paper. Prints are museum mounted (removable) matted with white 4 ply conservation quality materials. Personally packaged and shipped along with calendar. Allow up to 3 additional days for orders that include prints.

Since these make wonderful gifts for the holidays we can also help fulfill your gift list. Calendars or calendar and print combinations can be purchased and shipped to any address you would like. We will include a personal note letting your recipient know who the gift of the calendar is from. Just email us your us your gift list letting us know the addresses where calendars are to mailed and how many. We will then email you an invoice that can be paid via paypal or card. We will do the work for you and you can get all the credit! Hey that’s a good deal! Note:Quantity discounts not available for this service.

In addition I am very happy have calendars available in 4 select bookstores in Kansas. These bookstores are:

These are premium wall calendars, 11×17 inches (open), beautifully printed on heavy paper. Calendars include moon phases and US holidays. Calendars are produced in limited quantities and are available only while supplies last.

Sold Out. Look for the 2018 Kansas Calendar first week in November, 2017.

Thank you all for your support!

 


 

Introducing – Prints Of The Month

Introducing – Prints Of The Month

Along with my new monthly newsletter I wrote about in the previous post I have just made available (with much work and deliberation) an offering I hope to be a welcomed addition to the fine art photography products I produce. This is an idea I have considered for some time and even played around with in the past. “Prints Of The Month” or “POTM” will be a new and easy way to own and build your collection of fine art nature photographs.

The details:

Each month an image will be selected as the POTM. Prints will be 8×12 inches printed on 9×13 or 11×14 inch archival photographic or fine art paper. I have been testing new photographic and fine art papers the last couple of months and have found a few that I am proud to reproduce my work on. These are the same papers that all gallery prints are produced on. You can read more about prints and the papers being used here; http://www.bradmangasphoto.com/prints

I have sourced conservation quality mounting and matting materials and am now offering these POTM as 8×12 inch prints mounted and matted to 12×16 inches ready for you to put in your favorite 12×16 inch frame.

I have given considerable thought to the material I will use in addition to the prints I will be personally producing. It came down to one question, black or white mats? White is the traditional mat color that has been used since printing and displaying photographs began. That is why I am choosing black. Well, that isn’t “really”  the reason I’m choosing black but sounded kind of rebellious huh! The reason I prefer to offer these POTM in a black mat is based purely  on aesthetics. The nature and landscape work I produce simply looks better to me when presented within a black mat. These mats are not pitch black but are referred to as “After Dark” which are matte in finish (as opposed to gloss) and are more of a soft black in appearance. Colors seem to come alive within these black mats. I am sure when you see one in person you will agree. The black over mat will have a white core which is visible around the window cut out and is again an aesthetic decision.

These special edition POTM will be produced in a true conservation, archival, and museum quality method. This dictates the actual artwork to be removable from all materials. Strict adherence to these guidelines will be followed. Mats are 4-ply 100% virgin alpha-cellulose, conservation-grade. Mount boards are acid free, mounted/matted print will be enclosed in a protective sealed acid free clear bag, and shipped in flat reinforced packaging. Each POTM will include a certificate of authenticity showing the image number, title/description, date of capture, date creative work completed, date printed, and paper printed on. All prints will included signature on print. Orders are produced one at a time, inspected, allowed to dry for 24 hours, mounted, matted, packaged, and shipped via USPS Priority Mail within 2-3 days of order. If I am traveling during order placement orders will be fulfilled as soon as possible. You will be notified of any delays.

I am excited to be able to offer these ready to frame prints which I personally produce. Producing a complete piece from start to finish not only guarantees you the highest quality art possible but honestly, it adds to my enjoyment as well.

These POTM offerings are considered “Special Editions”* and will be offered at $49 each plus $5.95 shipping. A new image will be offered each month and announced here on the blog and added to the shop for purchase. If you are a newsletter subscriber you will receive an additional notice the second they become available and you will be privy to discounts when they become available as well.

If you have not signed up for our newsletter and would like to become a subscriber you can do so here; Newsletter Signup.

I hope you will enjoy these offerings as much as I will enjoy producing them.

*Special Editions: Subject to limited availability and material upgrades. 

Please take a moment and check out these inaugural offerings. Yes I am starting out with not one but two POTM plus a Summer Special!

 

Check Them Out Here!


Welcome, The Folio

Welcome, The Folio

folio, photography

Veris folio

Hey I’m back on the blog posting circuit! There is an old saying that claims, “the more you do the more you get done.” Imagine me winking right now because if that is an old saying I have never heard it. I just made it up! Take note folks who keep track of famous quotes.

Sometimes starting a blog post is the hardest part for me and I have come to the conclusion that many times that is why I don’t post as much as I would like. I seem to go through spurts which it exactly what one is not supposed to do if they want readers to stay in touch. Whew, confessions are tough, at least for those who do them and mean it.

Yes it really is me again. You may be saying right now, “what in tar-nation is your problem! You going to have a blog and use it or what!” (I like that word “tar-nation” reminds me of Yosemite Sam). Hey cut me some slack I only have 8 fingers and two thumbs and this keyboard has like 50 keys or something on it!

I hope it helps to tell you I have been doing more and yes more has been getting done. Well, other than posting here. Dang maybe my old saying has a flaw in it. OK, enough running around the bush let’s get to today’s intended post.

The back story. Earlier this year while blasting around the inter-web I popped by my old friend Lenswork. A really terrific website ran by editor Brooks Jensen and staff. There has always been something intriging about the Lenswork site to me. It is just different in a good kind of way. I became a registered member of the sight a year and a half or so ago and made it a point to check in regularly. The devotion to photography offered by Lenswork is in my opinion second to none. Then, I guess a meteor fell on my head or something and I stopped visiting it on a regular basis.   My membership came up for renewal and I had to ask myself, do I want to renew? Is it worth it to me. Well I know it had been a source of good inspiration before so I figured since I don’t really have any other sites that I am a paid member of I should renew and really start using it like I originally wanted to. Wow am I glad I did!

First off let me say this just in case this post makes it back to the Lenswork folks. The site is sometimes less than easy to navigate around. It can seem to get how shall I say, convoluted. I don’t mean that in the extreme way but, at times It take me what seems to be many extra clicks here and there to get to where I want to go. Which really surprises me due to the over all ideals that I believe Lenswork stands for. Enough said on that.

I once again made a conscious effort to pour through the site and find all the insights it has to offer. The results to put it mildly have changed the way I think about photography now. No I am not going to start shooting urban scenes or portrait stuff. I am and will forever be (as far as I can tell at this moment in time) devoted to nature, wilderness, and landscape photography. Even more so actually. Subjects are not the issue it’s more the approach and what I want to do with the work I create. Hello folio.

OK, I am getting wordy here I realize so I am going to sum this up. The resource library that is available to members of Lenswork is worth the price of membership alone and then some. I am not trying to make this a pro Lenswork post really I’m not, but I have to be honest. It has been worth it to me.

Now for this folio business. These last couple of months I have been busy producing my first folio. In between creating this introductory folio which includes images for both print and web, text for both print and web which has meant a complete folio for print and complete folio for online in the form of a pdf (that can be downloaded completely free of charge by the way) the Autumn season has come and gone. Autumn is my favorite time of year and I was not going to miss it. Time was made to sleep under the stars of the cool nights along with lots of pictures being taken.  I also made some big changes to my existing gallery sight including a new pricing structure or philosophy that will be covered in an upcoming post. That philosophy being  a price reductions on everything I produce. And… well you get the picture. Believe me I am not complaining and am quite exited about everything I have done and still have to do!

Here’s the deal. I would be thrilled if everyone who reads this post would pay a visit to http://www.bradmangasphoto.com/folios check out the folio, read the information there such as “what is a folio”, download the free pdf of the current folio Veris (right now it’s the only one but I promise more will follow) and let me know what you think. I would be especially interested in your experience with the pdf. Your comments good or bad would be greatly appreciated. This is something I can not do on my own, that being experience this from your end.

I have always been a do it myself person and honestly I’m sure I always will be, but this new direction so to speak of making high quality affordable work available in this new format of a folio is not about me, but rather about you the viewer and person who may be interested in what I do.  I thank you now for your time and valuable input.

If you would like to keep closer tabs on what I’m up to facebook would be the place to check. I regularly post something on my facebook page. If you have not “liked” the page yet please do so if you would like to catch all the updates. You can find my facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/bradmangasphotography

I will wrap this post up with one more famous quote: “Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas”!

 

New Offerings

New Offerings

Well it has been a little while since I got a new post on here but not from the lack of trying. A few other new offerings have been added the last couple of weeks that are now available here. The New 2013 Kansas Calendar, 2012 Holiday Special and New Archival Posters!

The 2013 Kansas Calendar has been something I have wanted to do most of the year and it was time to stop wanting and start doing! Choosing images for a calendar can be time consuming if one lets it be. I did spend a fair amount of time going through images. This being the first calendar offered of my work I spent more time than needed thinking everything had to be perfect. Truth be known customers really don’t care how much time goes into something like this they just want a quality product at a fair price as they should. It was a fun and interesting project non the less getting things the way I wanted and I have to say I am very pleased with the result. Check it out and order you one up, hey order a bunch and give them as Christmas gifts! OK, enough of the salesman speak.

The 2012 Holiday Special was decided at the same time the calendars arrived with the idea of offering the new products I have produced recently as one nice little neat package with great savings! The special includes the 2013 Kansas Calendar, an 8×10 matted fine art print and the new Flint Hills Portrait of a Land eBook on CD. The 8×10 matted print that is offered is the cover of the calendar which is appropriately entitled “Somewhere”. There is something about this image that moves me in to a certain mindset and great appreciation for not only the beauty of the Flint Hills but for nature in general.

“Somewhere” the image that almost didn’t happen! It was made the morning of June 3rd of this year at 6:11am. It was during a 3 day stay at Chase County State Lake just west of Cottonwood Falls Kansas. I had planned on rising before sunrise and make my way out into the hills in search of a nice sunrise scene. Around 5am my eyes slowly opened to the darkness I looked at the radar on my phone (isn’t technology great) only to see heavy cloud cover blanketing the area with rain very likely at any time, Bummer! I laid back down in my sleeping bag and thought, well I could head out and take a chance that rain will stay away for awhile and maybe there will be a break in the clouds or, I could stay right here all nice and cozy in my tent and get more sleep. I still can’t believe I consider sleeping over being out in nature but sometimes I do. I laid there for a little bit longer until I notice the sky beginning to lighten up in the east. Not only was it lightening up there was actually some color beginning to develop! What! I need to get my butt up and moving! As anyone well knows who is in to taking photographs there can be a small window of time that the light is spectacular sometimes only minutes or even seconds until the color is gone. OK, here’s a little uninteresting fact about myself, I don’t move very quick in the mornings. I usually need a cup or two of motivation to get me going. But I found something out about myself that morning, when the sky starts to show it’s beauty coffee will only slow me down! I’m not sure how many seconds it took for me to throw some cloths on and put the camera gear in the truck but I guarantee it wasn’t many! Out I took from my campsite to the nearest area I knew had open views of the land. Luckily it was only a few miles away. I made one quick stop as the sun was still some minutes away from rising and made a few shots but it wasn’t what I was looking for. Back in the truck and slowly on down the country road I went. Then it started, drops on the windshield! Oh no not yet! A light sprinkle had started but about 30 seconds later there it was! This Enormous Double Rainbow, right in front of me! I think I started hyperventilating or something, I had to find a spot to get this picture and I had to find it Now! To heck with finding a spot I had to start taking pictures Now! Out of the truck I flew (I assumed I put it in park I don’t really remember) out to the fence line, lens cover off and I remember having to keep wiping the front of the lens off from the drops of rain hitting it. The first image was taken at 6:06 and the last at 6:12 with 11 images made. This rainbow lasted a total of 6-7 minutes and then as fast as it appeared it was gone and sprinkles turned in to rain. I really didn’t know what I had captured or if any of the shots would even be any good. I remember thinking there could have been drops of water on the lens or I could have smeared the water and not got the lens wiped off good, did I get the exposures right so the colors would show? As far as focusing on something I really couldn’t due to the low light and not much there to focus on besides the rainbow and small sliver of land I composed the scene with. I relied on the infinite focusing mark on lens and simply hoped for the best.

When I finally looked at the images on the cameras lcd a few minutes later I knew I liked what I saw but there was still now way of knowing if they were really any good. I was going to have to wait a couple more day until back at home and look at them on a large monitor. Back to the campsite I went heart still pounding from adventure I just had and the wonder of nature just experienced. Good images or not my day had just started out with a bang and I understood once more why I love this so much.

That’s the little story behind “Somewhere” the image that almost didn’t happen and is now the featured cover image of the new calendar.

Last but not least included in the 2012 Holiday Special is the new eBook “The Flint Hills, Portrait of a Land” on CD. I have talked previously about this eBook and my love for the Flint Hills of Kansas. Many of the images from my last 5 years of journeys into this remarkable land are included and I am proud to have spent the time to put this together for others to enjoy.

New Archival Posters, are now available as well. As of this post there are two new images now offered as fine art archival posters. Posters are printed on heavy enhanced matte photo paper with a one inch white boarder. The bottom boarder will feature description and or title of image. These are truly stunning prints with all the same quality as the gallery prints. Autographed and offered in three unique and standard sizes. 18×24, 22×28 and 24×36 inches. These sizes will fit standard off the shelf frames and of course can be matted and framed to larger sizes. All fully guaranteed 100% satisfaction or your money back! And the other great thing about these poster prints are the prices! $79, $89 and $99. OK, now the catch (you know there has to be one right.) These will be a very limited offering of the prints from the gallery, as mentioned as of now only two images are offered presently but more will become available. They will be specifically chosen by myself and the offerings can change. As new images are offered present ones may be discontinued.

It has really been fun to put together new offerings for others to enjoy and I hope these and all the future products will not only make it easier to own unique artwork but will bring years of happiness to all who enjoy them. Thank you everyone!