How This Panoramic Print Brought the Grand Canyon Home

We come across a lot of folks who truly love making panoramic prints from their photos. If someone tweets or tags us about how awesome their Artmill project turned out, we can’t help but wonder what the full story is behind their new wall art. When our customer Jonathan Hornby reached out with some long overdue feedback, we dug a little deeper.

Jon took this photo in 2013 during his four-day Thanksgiving weekend break from Army school in Fort Huachuca. Jon and his friend, Rob, drove up to the Grand Canyon’s South Kaibab Trail on Thanksgiving Day and started their hike early the next day. “We couldn’t resist the opportunity to make the most of our long weekend to hike the Grand Canyon.”

He describes that morning as chilly with some snow still hiding in the shadows under shrubs. Just before reaching the halfway point of their hike, around mid-morning, Jon saw the perfect photo opportunity. Skeleton Point is in the photograph’s center, which was their turn-around point and another thirty minutes from where Jon captured the photo. He described how the photo shows off the vista while displaying intrinsic details; tiny hikers on the vast horizon of layered canyon peaks broken up by a dead tree in the foreground.

“I love this picture because there are so many elements that work well together. The Canyon opened in a special way. This spot allowed me to capture a little piece that I believe authentically demonstrates that this is the Grand Canyon.”

“The panorama is a statement for what can be experienced by saying "yes" to ambitious ideas that may initially seem inconvenient. In turned out to be a very memorable experience.”

He snapped the four-image panoramic photo with a vintage Vivitar 35EE that he acquired during his travels in Germany. The little camera sits on display centered and just below the print in Jon’s home. Before submitting to Artmill, Jon made adjustments to his photos. “I wanted to exhibit the full potential of the negatives for my large print, so I sent them to Indie Film Lab for high quality 30-megapixel scans and merged the pictures together in Photoshop CS5.”

He wanted to showcase his panorama on a large, exhibit quality print, but found canvas options lacking. He felt there was a better way to print his photo that would preserve its details. Jon found Artmill while searching for printed canvas on Google and chose us after learning about our unique printing and mounting techniques. He was sold on our ability to provide test prints of his full-size image.

“I had a flawless experience with Artmill’s services. Emails were answered quickly and completely. Their website was easy to use and I worked with the same specialist via email and over the phone during the entire process. He suggested the test print and gave me confidence that my picture would be printed with great care and quality.”

After receiving and unboxing his print, he was more than pleased. “I was surprised how big it was! Seeing the image printed on an 8-foot wide panorama gave me the chills. I was absolutely pleased to find the print inside crafted with the utmost care and precision. This is the best way to have a large print made.”

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