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Images by James H. Burrill


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These images are my favorites. I wish I could say they were all great images but I will say that I love them all. I have taken photos all my life and seriously at various times during the last 40-some years. Not all were taken by me. Some were taken by my wife and some by friends.

The folders above organize the images by the criterion of similarity.
(The images on these pages are low resolution copies of the actual images.)


How to Obtain an Image

I am not in the photography business. I have donated or gifted most of my images. However, it gives me great pleasure when someone is willing to spend real money for one of my images. So, you can obtain one. Each image has a "How to Buy a Print" button. Due to the resolution of an image, it may not be available in the largest sizes; for most images, 20 inches is probably the maximum height.

If for any reason you are unhappy with the result, send the image back to me at the address you sent the check to. I will refund half of what you paid. While unlikely, if I manage to sell the image or give it away, I will send you the remainder of your payment. You will have to trust me. Or, if the problem is due to faulty fabrication, I will be happy to send you another one after I receive back the original order.


History

In 1978 I bought my first serious camera - a Minolta XE-7. My motivation was to take pictures of my love of flying. This meant pictures of myself and friends flying hang gliders. But, I started to take the camera with me on other trips. It was a continuation of the interest I had as a young kid when I had a simple 2x2 twin-lens camera.

I used Etachrome 200 slide film for hang gliding pictures and, when I felt artistic, Kodachrome 64 slide film. When I felt really artistic I used Kodak Black & White film like Kodak Plus-X pan. (I still have unused rolls of Elite chrome 100, Kodachrome 64, and Plus-X pan). I developed the B&W film myself in my semi-permanent basement darkroom and printed them on Ilford paper with a Beseler 23CI enlarger that I bought used. The color film I sent out for processing. But, I printed it myself using Ilford's Cibachrome process. I liked how saturated the colors were in the resulting print. I felt these prints were far superior to prints from negatives. I find that images painted on aluminum have the same quality that I fell in love with long ago. The problem with Cibachrome was that it was expensive and I never seemed to have enough images to use up the chemicals before they went bad.

Around 2003 I got my wife a digital pocket camera. In 2005 I took that camera with me to the Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in at Oshkosh. Shortly afterwards I bought my own digital camera. That experience re-ignited my interest in photography. Now I can take thousands of pictures at an insignificant cost, evaluate them quickly, and make modifications to offset my errors in taking the image.

I found it interesting that now the images cost me almost nothing. However, putting them on display costs a lot. One image that I bought for $165, cost me $300 to mount and frame. Now I usually have an image painted on metal and it really pops; the colors remind me of the colors from the Cibachrome process. Another benefit is that there is no need to mat or frame the image. I have used two services to paint these images: mpix.com and Aluminyze.com . Currently, I use Aluminyze most often.


(Last changed: 2017-10-26.)