The limited edition print run – now closed

Final selection

And the people have spoken: following the voting, I’m pleased to be able to offer four images as a very limited print run. And when I say limited, I mean limited:

I will only print these images once, at this size. Ever. Once this run is complete, there will be no more prints.

Interested? Read on to order.

Update: orders closed today with a total of 52 prints – a result beyond what I hoped for; thank you all for your support! I spent the day supervising printing and signing prints; they’ll ship in the next few days and should arrive within the next couple of weeks thereafter.

I know there were supposed to be only three, but the results for 3rd and 4th place were close enough that I’ve decided to offer both of them, at sizes between 19×13″ and 20×20″ (print area, plus additional plain border). The images will be printed on my favorite papers – 220gsm HP Premium Matte for the B&Ws, and 220gsm HP semi-gloss for the color, using pigment-based archival grade inks. These have a 100+ year lifespan.

  1. Printing will be taken care of by master printer Wesley Wong at Giclee Art; he does all of my exhibition and commercial work, and that of many other pros in the country.
  2. All prints will be checked and signed personally by me.
  3. I’ll open orders for two weeks until 26 June, with the checkout buttons active for that period of time. After the two weeks, I’ll have the batch printed, and take care of the shipping.
  4. Prints will be sent in hard poster tubes by EMS and should take about 1-2 weeks to arrive thereafter (depending on where you live).
  5. The final price for each print depends on the size and ranges between $180 and $200, inclusive of shipping anywhere in the world.
  6. To order, please click the buttons below each print – they will take you to a Paypal checkout where you can either pay using your balance, or a credit card.
  7. If you would like to buy multiple prints, shipping can obviously be combined – please send me an email directly to get a final price and checkout link.

Thanks in advance for your support! I’m hoping this will become a regular event – it would be wonderful to know my work is hanging on walls, being enjoyed at the sizes it was meant to be seen – much better than a PC screen…MT

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Dawn. London, 2013. 20×20″ $200

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The sky is the aeroplane. San Francisco, 2013. 19×14″ $190

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Oculus. Basel Messe, 2013. 19×13″ $180

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Verticality. KLCC Kuala Lumpur, 2013. (Digital print from 6×6 film) 20×20″ $200


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  1. Ming,

    I finally got my London, Dawn framed. Looks great!

    What was this shot with?

  2. Jack Hon says:

    Couldn’t resist in the end… can’t wait to see mine in the flesh

  3. Hi Ming,

    Can you extend it until tomorrow? I’ll have enough fund by tomorrow.

  4. Rudy Mareel says:

    Hi Ming – Was thinking about you when coming across following quote from Cartier-Bresson: “Why do photographers start giving numbers to their prints? It’s absurd. What do you do when the 20th print has been done? Do you swallow the negative? Do you shoot yourself? It’s the gimmick of money. I think a print should be signed. That means a photographer recognizes that the print has been done either by him or according to his own standards. But a print is not like an etching, where the plate wears out. A negative doesn’t wear out”. The quote is an extract out of an interview he had with Sheila Turner-Seed in 1971. Net-net, you should be fine printing more of this beautiful collection…:-) Cheers, Rudy.

  5. Ming,

    Any framing tips? It’s been ages since I’ve had anything framed and I don’t live in an area where I trust anyone to know what they are doing.

    • I’m lucky to have a good local framer, so I’m afraid I can’t help you there…but I find that these look great with a simple black wood box frame and 3″ matte.

    • Not sure where in the world you live, but I’ve always used these guys: I think they ship worldwide. You pick the frame and matting you want using their great online tools and they build the frame and ship it to you. It’s easy to frame yourself, once you get it. The only thing you will probably need is a good acid-free tape (I like “Framer’s Tape II”). I find going this route is less expensive than going to a framer but you still get good quality products.

  6. Steve King says:

    Love the Oculus Ming. Just ordered one.

  7. Great use of vertical lines and different perspectives. Love the Oculus, I wonder how that would look in Black & White?

  8. Hey Ming,

    These are all great, but I’m sure Verticality and Dawn look especially great blown up (relative to their web counterparts)! Question, though: which one of these images was the hardest for you to take / make? My guess is “The sky is the aeroplane” due to the DR and perspective control involved but curious to hear your take!

    • The web counterparts are mere tiny shadows of reality; it’s really impossible to compare a good print to a tiny compressed JPEG. ‘The sky is the aeroplane’ is actually pretty close to out of camera – just aim up and shoot. Dawn required a lot of PP for tonality – the source camera doesn’t convert that well to B&W because of its native tonal response. Verticality was shot on film, with a camera that doesn’t have a precise finder; there are actually a few variations on the roll. And of course you have the developing/ scanning process. Different challenges for different reasons…

  9. Hoping to send the print to the framing shop today. Thanks for letting me have the 1st print. 🙂

  10. jasonwaltman says:

    Just a quick question…are the dimensions listed the dimensions of the print area, or the paper? From reading your description, it sounds like the print area is listed and the paper would be bigger. Is that correct? How wide is the border? (That is, what would the final paper size be on the 19″ x 14″ San Francisco print, for example?) Thanks!

  11. Can i like pay cash and a request for a personal delivery?

  12. Oculus and London for me, two of the 3 that I voted for. With another print coming in at about the same time, the local framing shop is going to be very happy! But thanks Ming for saving me from GASing on a Touit lens because I spent all my money on beautiful prints instead. 🙂

  13. Hi. Do you sign the front or back? I’d like to buy a print but would prefer to have the back signed. These prints are great. Also, can I just request to have the back signed on my print?

    • I generally sign the lower right corner of the front (immediately below the image area) – but happy to sign yours on the back if you prefer. 🙂

  14. I LOVE your aeroplane shot, so clever!

  15. Verticality will be my daily inspiration!! Thank you.

  16. Dawn. Beautiful picture of my hometown. And a perfect way to support one of my favorite bloggers. Thanks for the hard work Ming, can’t wait to receive mine!

    • Thanks Leon! I’ll send your confirmation shortly.

    • Tom Liles says:

      Nice blog Leon. I’ve just spent a fun 10 reading a couple of your posts. Another one for the bookmarks folder 🙂
      [I’ve gotten a few since coming here!]

      And I’m out of your hair. Cheers!

      • Thanks Tom. Always appreciate the feedback. I’ll try to write more, any suggestions on future topics?

        • Tom Liles says:

          Hey there Leon,

          Well you write nicely, so any topic would suit—one condition: something you’re interested in.
          That’s to say, like all readers of good writers, I’m interested in what you’re interested in!

          Be good to read some more camera related tech stuff [I liked the stuff about audio]. I miss using this part of my brain now I don’t work in a technical field anymore and enjoy reading the words of those who know [or have a clue]. I’m a chemical engineer, spent two years working with radiation instruments, very very big and small, on a nuclear power plant [quite similar principles to digital cameras involved!], and I’m a newbie photog; most of all an unabashed anorak. I like understanding things. I found some amazing resource for camera I own, the Epson R-D1s, miles better than a user manual, someone had found the Sony technical doco for the sensor! Here’re two — 1 and 2 — examples from the cameraquest site [brilliant site and resource]. I only understand about 20% of that, but it’s fascinating to me nonetheless. And I enjoy chipping away trying to understand the remaining 80%. It has no direct benefit or effect on my pictures; but I don’t do it for that—-there’s more to life. Like being able to questions you don’t know the answer to, e.g., what on earth is a “transfer clock voltage”? Why does it affect? What happens when the value goes up, down? God knows when I’ll ever need that, but I like the knowledge acquisition as an end in itself. He said smugly!

          Do you have any unanswered Qs about your equipment? You’re a smart guy, maybe you could investigate your own questions as a series of blog posts. You’ll probably even get to the bottom of something!
          [and then I can swoop in and get that knowledge for nowt! 🙂 ]

          Cheers Leon!

  17. Tom Liles says:

    I just got straight in there: Verticality

    Good luck with the print run Ming. Looking forward to hanging mine on the wall.


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