Zedekiah Produces Volumetric Fine-Art in mid to large formats for optimum visual display enhancement. The painstaking process of creating volumetric photographic fine art is technically challenging and laborious, requiring a great deal of time and experimentation to achieve the desired results. As each individual image is a unique one-of-a-kind artwork, success in creating an image that evokes emotion, whether under museum-quality lighting or natural ambient light, requires a deep understanding of the volumetric process and a highly creative technical artistic insight. Zedekiah has worked for many years to develop a process that produces strikingly beautiful art.
Volumetric printing involves the process of layering ultra-high quality – UV activated and cured inks across the desired substrate media to create a raised, or 3D textured surface on our fine art photographic reproductions. Under properly positioned display lighting, this process creates micro-shadows across the print surface, producing a multi-dimensional visual effect. This enhances the beauty of the original image and brings print to life on medium to large format reproductions up to 8′ by 10′.
Prints are available on a wide range of substrates for both medium and large format sizes. Substrate media plays a crucial role in the desired effect and is visually influenced by the surrounding lighting components used in physical placement. Designing the right combination of substrates, inks, sizing, mounting, and display lighting are all crucial elements to consider when choosing to collect a volumetric piece.
This is a time consuming and intensely detailed process and therefore available by special order only. The following are examples of the resulting process on the image “Heavens Peak” from our Montana Rockies selection, here is the image in our Montana collection.
Heavens Peak – Original Image
Brushed Aluminum Volumetric Media
The following are close up views of this Volumetric Fine-Art, printed on a brushed aluminum substrate media.
This first image above is in natural ambient light and illustrates the micro-shadowing effect even without display lighting. Below is a close-up of the top left side of the image, showing the detailed texture structures of the clouds, highlighted by the micro-shadowing.
The image below is an oblique angle view of the center top of the image illuminated with a light source from the front right side of the print, showing the structure of textured cloud layers, highlighted by micro-shadowing.
This image below is a close-up of the print center, focusing on the backside of Heavens Peak. The volumetric layering here provides fine detail of the avalanche area micro-shadows illuminated by a halogen light source, located to the top right front of the print. This light is iridescently interacting with the volumetric ink structures for added physical enhancement of the overall presentation.
And in this image below, illuminated by an LED light source, the volumetric layering is clearly evident, providing a texturized surface effect across the entire print.
And in this last close-up of the brushed aluminum piece, the surface of Lake McDonald has micro-shadowed texture structures that give the lake a very physical presence.
Canvas Volumetric Media
Printing volumetric textures on different media allows the physical qualities of the substrate surface to be combined in an artistic manner to induce different texturing effects. This view below is an angled close-up, lit by an LED source to illustrate how the combination of surface troughing and ridging produces a wonderful range of sub-surfaces which are accented by the underlying canvas material.
This view below shows the edge of the print canvas, detailing how volumetric ink layering interacts with the canvas substrate material, to further enhance the volumetric surface texture, producing a truly “oil painting” look and feel to the print. Note the left side of the print, where the build-up of ink volumetric surfacing rises up from the canvas surface.
As with all visual artworks, lighting plays an important role in displaying volumetric fine-art. This image below is viewed straight-on underneath museum-quality halogen lighting to illuminate tiny micro-shadows along the edges of the clouds and terrestrial features. For optimal effect, the depth of layered ink is lighter along the surface of the lake to bring out the canvas effect when viewed up close. Here you can clearly see the canvas material weave showing through the volumetric ink layers. Compare this to the lake area in the brushed aluminum volumetric print above to see the difference between substrate materials.
This image below is a close-up of the right side of the print showing micro-shadows and differences in the richness of surface textures. Volumetric layering creates an expressive tapestry of surface elements that react wonderfully to lighting and truly bring the image to life.
In this last image of the canvas volumetric print, micro-shadowing interacts with ambient room light differently than the brushed aluminum volumetric print, illustrated here by this straight-on view of the volumetric image in an un-lit, natural ambient light setting.