New Ultraprint offer: In the round

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In the round, Vysehrad, Prague

There are a lot of stories that begin with ‘it was a dark and stormy night…’ – but in this case, it was true. Myself and another masterclass participant had been freezing and moistening ourselves in a windy horizontal rain shooting from the top of Vysehrad, which is a castle/monastery/fort complex on top of a hill overlooking Prague. We were about done for the day, packed up, heading down back towards civilisation and hot goulash, but got diverted. We’d walked past this building earlier in the (overcast) day, which was striking for its shape and size, and I remarked that it would be great with the right light – turns out we got it. With the wide mixture of light sources on the building (halogen), surroundings (sodium vapour) and sky (light pollution from the city reflecting off low level rainclouds), I couldn’t have lit it better myself even if given free reign. This was the result – an accurate but highly atmospheric portrait of stories in the night.

Read on for more information and to order.

As with all previous prints, they will be printed by printmaster Wesley Wong, personally checked and QC’d by me and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Both prints are on a matte fine art fiber paper – Permajet Portrait White 285 – which we have found after much experimentation to have the best blend of density, gamut, detail differentiation and transparent tonality. You can read more about the rationale behind Ultraprinting here and a view a comparison to a regular print here. There’s been a bit of a hiatus since the last print order because we’ve had some issues with paper supply, which is now (hopefully) resolved.

All Ultraprints offer an incredible amount of immersion at closer viewing distances and are ideal for intimate viewing in smaller spaces; there more detail than the eye can immediately register. This contributes to the sensation of transparency and the illusion of a little world-in-a-box. We print and resolve 720 actual PPI for a viewing experience that is about as good as a facsimile of reality can get: by comparison, a Retina display is only 450 PPI. Nevertheless, the difference is really something that has to be experienced, not described or seen in a web jpeg – there is simply no way to display all the information digitally.

Both prints are available here: please remember to include your phone number in the contact field for the courier; we cannot ship without it. Thank you in advance! MT

In the round 16×12″ Ultraprint, edition of 20 at US$350 including DHL courier anywhere in the world


Selected customer testimonials on previous Ultraprint editions

Michel Rubinstein: Dear MT, I LOVE your picture; framed it under 5 mm plexiglas; unbelievably rich, lush, luminous and quiet; the myriads of details just come out to make still more…contemplative, I would say. I would not call it « art » (whole can of worms); just wanted you to know it sits close to a large Candida Höfer, a David Lachapelle and a Greg Crewdson; and it is by far the one with which I have the strongest «relationship » , the incredible resolution conveying so well the calm and light; and at the end of the day, it is the one I am the proudest to own. 
Pavel Titov: Ming, Wesley, 
The print was delivered awhile ago but only today I got back home and opened the parcel. I now understand…
Thank you both so much for this wonderful experience!

Roger Wojahn: I just received Black Island, my first Ultraprint! Ming, it’s just sensational in real life! Thanks so much for going to this much trouble to raise the bar for print making. It’s just incredible!

Ben Eloy: I wanted to thank you again — the print is just wonderful — the color, detail and dynamic range are fantastic. I had it framed and it’s sitting on my mantle now as a source of photographic inspiration!

Nicolas Widmer: Looking forward to Forest IV. Lorenz Flückiger and me are big fans of your work. We both framed your prints and show them in our working place. 

Linden Wilkie: My copy of this Ultraprint [Occluded Observation] just arrived. I love the image as it appears on my iMac screen, but it is nothing like as good as it appears on print in the hands. The tone and mood are exceptional. Thank you.

Gerner Christensen: With suitable presence of anxiety I opened the roll this morning. What a moment !!! To see this fantastic photo, to see this fantastic print art, this paper quality, to enter into the fantastic detailed and still silky soft universe of pure eye-bliss, yes it all took me away to dreamland. It is an exquisite pleasure all through to dwell with this photo presented in this ultimate way, I couldn’t get my eyes of it. Showing my wife having fetched a loupe to dive in further, we both got lost in time and space. It took 1/2 hour just to think about anything else. Amazing Ming. Now I am not sure, or am I, if anybody else, except of course those I know are taken by the experience themselves, would get such an ecstatic feel looking at this photo in Ultraprinted, but I am obsessed by the perfection this printed image really is. To view such a photo/print makes standard hi-rez prints look poor and uninteresting. Yes I even think I prefer the Ultraprint over a projected diapositive when it’s best. Thank you Ming making these type of prints available and please do not tempt me over the line to fill up all walls with your art 🙂

Praneeth Rajsingh: I received my copy of the Fog, Vienna today. I am really happy with the print. I placed the Ultraprint and another print of mine from Wesley side by side and the differences were as clear as night and day.  Though this particular picture is different from the New Zealand series, the tree to the left of the frame really stood out for me and the detail was impeccable. Planning to get a loupe like you suggested on your certificate of authenticity and see what I can find then.

David Kimmel: I’ve followed all of the posts documenting the development of the ultra prints from the beginning but you truly cannot appreciate what they are and their importance until they are experienced in person. In that way, you have an uphill battle marketing them. I am very interested in purchasing a print. I think it will do 3 things: provide me with a reminder of what I learned in MOI, it will also provide me with an example of what to strive for technically and artistically, but most importantly it will be a beautiful piece of art to add to my home. The hard part is selecting an image. I absolutely loved ‘Matcha’ not only for the beautiful colours but the way it transports the viewer to a Japanese cafe (is that indeed where it was taken?). The other image that stands on in my mind is one of the landscapes from New Zealand of a lake whose name escapes me. I remember the beautiful subtle earth tones and the small isolated lake in the foreground on the right. 

Christian Tekath: Just wanted to drop you a quick thank you for the excellent print/photo, which arrived in perfect condition on Monday. If you ever consider a workshop in Germany, let me know!  😉

Jan Martin: What a nice surprise.  It is beautiful!  It is perfect.  It is my inspiration!  This and the Swan are my two favorite photos of yours. It is going on the wall directly in front of my desk.  I can’t wait to figure out how to frame it — any suggestions of what might be best?  Do I need special archival mat boards, etc? The packaging was perfect — nary a dent — so I hope this worked for all your customers. I took the print to the best local framer I could find and I must say, he was very impressed with the image and the printing.   He took out his magnifying glass to examine, and spent a lot of time thinking about framing options.  We opted for matting (otherwise it’s against the glass and that didn’t seem right!) and a thin black frame.  I didn’t do a dry mount because that also seemed damaging, so we are doing photo corners and I hope that will work well enough.  If not, I can always have it dry mounted later. You guys rock!

Andre Yew: I got the Ultraprints today, and they are amazing! Anyway, the detail and tonality look great. I especially like the highlights off the tree trunks in the color picture. I feel like the paper’s texture almost detracts from the detail because it can get in the way of the actual detail. I also have to be careful with my light source so the specular reflection of the light doesn’t obscure detail. Looking at it through a 4x loupe, I feel like I could zoom in forever and still see more detail. It’s certainly a unique and special offering that no one else is even attempting, so it’s very valuable for that alone, despite the many other considerable qualities of the prints. Thanks for offering it again, and I for one hope you don’t get the Pentax, because I wouldn’t know what to do with bigger Ultraprints!

Marcos Hatada – Just received the ultraprints. They are incredible! So unbelievably beautiful!!

Harsh Agrawal: Forest II is the finest print I have ever laid my eyes on in my entire life. My vocabulary doesn’t have enough superlatives to qualify or quantify the magnificence of this art piece. It is beyond stunning.

Matthias Gaiser: The Ultraprint has arrived – and it’s everything I expected it to be. In fact, I’ll have to rearrange the pictures on my walls to make room for it in order to appreciate it fully, i.e. it’ll get the best spot available! Wonderful work – in all respects! Thank you both very, very much!

Bob Prangnell: Received the Ultraprint – very nice thank you. Beautiful colors and amazing detail and 3-d effect. I said to my wife that I could lock you in a bathroom and you’d come out with a dozen great shots – and you proved that today with “Towel”

Junaid Rahim: Very nice prints Ming, really enjoying them. Looking at forest II I kind of rue not getting the bigger prints for the tokyo set. But the colours are lovely and definitely some lovely detail in them. I think Forest II will have to be framed. Forest II is one of those shots that really grows on you with time as you start seeing more and more detail in it. So happy at least that one is the more ‘native’ size!

Junaid Rahim (second print): Finally got the print in my hand! A few things to let you know – the packaging was much better this time with the harder back to prevent bending, so please continue with this! Also has something changed with the printing process from last time? From my own eye, I perceive the print quality to be a bit better or is it simply down to the tonality of the colours being different from the Cuba pics vs the autumn in tokyo ones?
Very happy again and look forward to getting one from the 645Z – hope you put a run out Ming after your New Zealand trip!


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  1. Jan Černý says:

    A very long time I was looking at the photo, it is beautiful. But it seems to me that the picture falls right? I can see it just me?

  2. Mesmerizing picture!! It is built up so perfectly. Thanks Ming for sharing this post 🙂

  3. Brett Patching says:

    Wonderful photo Ming.

  4. John Bresnen says:

    Beautiful picture Ming

    Sent from my iPad


    • Thanks.

    • hey ming, great work as usual, but i was curious as to why i cant find this image on your flickr account, i’d like to see what shutter speed, aperture etc. you used so i could experiment with it myself with building around my area

      • Thanks. It’s in the Prague set. EXIF data is of limited use anyway because unless you have the exact same subject, size, angle of view, focal length, quantity of light etc. will all vary.

  5. Hi Ming – nice image, and the print must be truly awesome. Just wondering though, did you perhaps overlook the fact that the portrayed building is distorted? Its walls seems to be leaning right even if the horizontal roof lines seem to be horizontal. See my grid overlay in PS here:
    Sorry for being a distortion nazi but it struck me immediately when I looked at it in your email post. Cheers.

    • The building itself is several hundred years old. And it wasn’t straight in person 🙂

      • My first reaction was similar, although I’m not so sophiticated as to deploy a grid overlay. The structure seemed to sort of bloom at the lower left. I thought it might be an unintended consequence of the free tranform/stretch approach to correct verticals. But I’ll take your word for it — you were there. Also, on further reflection, I realized that I too am old and as a result not exactly symmetrical. Cheers!

        • stanis riccadonna zolczynski says:

          True, the stc. Martins rotunda from 11th century the oldest structure in Prague is slightly leaning to the right. Perhaps the reason was that Ming being meticulous photographer leveled perfectly the camera while whole stucture might indeed settled askew. The old Pisa Campanilla dilema.

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