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Slickrock Pearl for Architectural Project

Bill Diodato, a New York based commercial photographer and client, requested large format prints that would be featured in the lobby of an architectural renovation project from Jim Roselli at Xact Studio

As part of Jim's workflow, he always requests the highest resolution image available for review before hand.  In this case, Bill captured the images with a Hasselblad 503CW camera with a Carl Zeis 50mm CFi lens and a PhaseOne IQ260 Digital Back.  This extraordinary combination of equipment delivered an extremely detailed file to work with.

Bill was asking for my recommendation on which media to use for printing. Once I saw his images, I immediately knew these would look remarkable on the Slickrock Metallic Pearl, which is now one of my most favorite medias from Moab.

Slickrock Metallic has very unique properties with regards to refracting and reflecting light.  It has a very clear luminosity that emanates from direct, indirect and ambient light sources.  When clients first view a print rendered on Slickrock, they usually comment on how it seems to be self-illuminated.

Bill’s creativity with regards to image processing yielded images that were in absolute harmony with the media. Each image was composed from selectively layering two photos creating a positive and negative effect.

-Jim Roselli

The images are now on display in the newly renovated lobby of 433 West 34th St. in Manhattan, New York.  

433 is a pre-war apartment building designed by the noted architects Bing & Bing who are known for their art deco architectural style.

The 44” X 68” Slickrock Metallic prints were made on an Epson 9900 printer. 



We Won!

 Professional Photographer magazine has selected the Juniper Baryta Rag as the pros’ top choice in Matte Paper for the 2015 Hot One Awards. 

The annual Hot One Awards honor the hottest products for professional photographers. From hundreds of entries, a panel of judges—who are all professional photographers—name their top choice among dozens of photography products and services. The awards are highlighted in the August issue of Professional Photographer.

“The winners of the 2015 Hot One Awards represent the pros’ choice of the year’s photographic products,” says Professional Photographer Senior Editor Joan Sherwood. “The Hot Ones recognize excellence in professional products as judged by the pros who use them. As talented as photographers can be, they still have to rely on their gear, software, professional services, and the products they sell. Their choices for the Hot Ones give our readers a list of worthy winners to consider for themselves.”

The Juniper Baryta Rag has been a huge hit ever since its' release in October 2014. Along with the Hot One Award, the true baryta fiber paper also recieved Editors Pick Award from PDN and is receiving incredible reviews from widely known photographers. 

 “I like the vividness of the colors and the depth of the black,” Biggs says. “In the black-and-white world, you want that really rich, deep black, which you can get with the Baryta. Plus it has the right white point that I’m looking for, a nice, mellow shade. A lot of papers on the market have an unnaturally bright white, which can look sort of fake. The color of white in a paper is really important—there are tons of shades of white, more than you’d ever imagine.”

-Andy Biggs, Moab Master & Wildlife Photographer

Samples of the Juniper Bartya Rag are available upon request. Contact us here.


Photographing Flowers for Transparency

Master photographer Harold Davis is well-known for his often imitated—but seldom equaled—digital images of luscious transparent and translucent flowers.

In this Maine Media 5-day workshop offering, Harold Davis shows the techniques he pioneered to create his floral masterpieces. Arrangement, composition, photography, and post-production will all be covered, as will Harold's special techniques for shooting on a light box. In addition, several sessions will explore field floral photography, and alternative techniques related to the studio photography of flowers. Harold will also show his spectacular botanical prints in the context of a discussion of the best way to create prints of floral imagery.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enhance your floral photography by learning from Harold Davis, the best-selling author of award-winning Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis.

Topics covered in this workshop:

  • Understanding transparency and translucency
  • Introduction to floral arrangement and composition
  • Botanical art in the digital era
  • Shooting florals in the field
  • Creative field techniques
  • Best practices in macro photography
  • Shooting flowers on a dark background
  • Shooting on a light box
  • Understanding high-key post-production
  • Working with Photoshop layers
  • High-key HDR
  • LAB color effects
  • Backgrounds and textures
  • Preparing to make floral pigment prints
  • Implementing one’s own vision

 Workshop participants will be given the opportunity to compose, photograph and post-process their own transparent floral images from beginning-to-end during the workshop.  Field and studio sessions will demonstrate creative techniques across the gamut of different kinds of flower photography, and allow plenty of time for individual image making. The emphasis of this workshop will be to support each participant, enabling their own unique vision and helping them to become the best flower photographer they can be.


Michael Soluri Explores Pluto Through Pictures

Moab Master, Michael Soluri, is thrilled that his photograph of the New Horizons probe (back in 2005 before launch) was chosen for Kenneth Chang’s front page story in Sunday’s (July 19) print edition of the New York Times, along with the WIRED and Smithsonian Magazine

9-1/2 years and 3 billions miles later, the New Horizons spacecraft sent back close up images of Pluto. Michael Soluri has been documenting the mission since 2005 photographing the scientists, flight controllers and engineers to learn about the people involved in the process of discovering our solar system. 

"I have always been struggling to find the humanity in space exploration, on Earth and above," says Soluri. "I brought my sons down to the Air and Space Museum in 1984 or 1985. I took them in, and there was an exact replica of the Viking lander [sent to Mars in 1975]. So we're looking at it, and there's this big robot and I'm seeing all this text, and something's puzzling me: I didn't see the picture of the person who made it possible. And I held on to that for like 20 years."
-Michael Soluri (

Michael Soluri and the team at Moab is looking forward to seeing these photographs in PRINT