Frequently Asked Questions
Some quick answers to common questions:
1. How do I order prints? Heart of Stone is still under development, and the ordering process isn’t fully set up yet. But soon you’ll be able to look at any print, select your size, and checkout securely via PayPal. Your prints should arrive in the mail a few days later. If you absolutely can’t wait, contact us and we can handle your order the old fashioned way. Please note: we don’t currently accept credit cards, and any personal cheques will have to clear before we can ship your order, substantially adding to wait times.
2. Do you have a photograph of X? Probably, we don’t put everything online. If you’re looking for something in particular, drop us a line and we’ll see if we have what you’re looking for.
3. Why are some photographs not available in all sizes? Some of our photographs were taken with early digital cameras. While capable of excellent results if used properly, they were often resolution-limited. We’d rather offer excellent (but smaller) prints than grainy larger prints. Right: a fantastic photograph of a praying mantis taken with an early digital camera, its maximum print size is unfortunately 8×10″.
4. What’s a panorama? A panorama is a horizontal series of photographs seamlessly stitched together to offer a field of view not normally possible. Anything from 180° to 360° can be photographed, offering incredible views of the Bay. Some examples are this 360° panorama of the sun setting over One Tree Island, as seen from the Churchill Islands, or this 180° panorama of the Point au Baril barrel and modern lighthouse (hi Emmaline!). Below: a 180° panorama of sunset over Big McCoy Island.
5. What’s a Quad? Even more specialized than panoramas are Quads, a series of photographs both vertical and horizontal seamlessly stitched together to look like a single normal photograph, with one exception: they’re huge. High-end digital SLRs currently top out around 21-megapixels. Our Quads are anywhere between 80- and 700-megapixels, allowing us to produce massive prints with startling clarity.
6. Do you really do all this in your kayak? Absolutely, nothing makes you paddle more safely than having $10,000 worth of camera gear in your boat. We head out into the Bay for upwards of two weeks at a time, fully laden with tripods, cameras, lenses, flashes, cables, remotes, you name it. Toss in camping gear and food, and we’re good to go. This is our speciality, allowing us to get far and fast, quietly, in almost any weather. Left: a fully loaded kayak on South Limestone Island.
7. Are all your photographs taken in Georgian Bay? Most, but not all, of our imagery is 100% Georgian Bay. We do a lot of training (ice paddling, camera tests, that sort of thing) in and around the Toronto Islands, and sometimes we come across related species that are just so beautiful we have to share. An example is this fantastic beaver image, photographed near the RCYC’s South Island in the Toronto Islands.
8. Do you offer courses? Not at the moment, but it’s something that we’re considering. Drop us a line if you’re interested, you never know what might happen.