The Fine Art
There is a farm in North Carolina that caught Tom Fuldner's eyes as he drove to work many years ago. It is a 40-acre farm that was used to grow tobacco and raise cows, and at one time it flourished. Now, the tobacco and cows are gone and all that remains are the structures—which include a row of white buildings used for storage. This is exactly what appealed to the landscape photographer.
Landscape photography comes at a price, however. Fuldner explains that some mornings are a total bust, waiting for the red sun to rise over the hills only to find that the colors do not meet his critical eye. In this respect, he says, "It's been a real wakeup call for me, appreciating waiting for or recognizing that there's no point in waiting for a lighting change to occur."
Additionally, producing prints to show at galleries around Raleigh, North Carolina involves more than a great shot of the sun rising—it requires an effective color management workflow.
Fuldner uses the MonacoSENSOR colorimeter to calibrate his monitor. He places the colorimeter on his screen and within seconds the three-color instrument is reading light reflected from the screen, relating to a mathematical model of human vision. He didn't realize the benefit of the device until he compared his perception of the colors on the screen with those that the objective, accurate colorimeter revealed. After he calibrates his monitor, Fuldner creates a monitor profile with MonacoEZcolor 2, which will allow him to see how an image is going to look when printed. He also characterizes his Epson 2000P printer. Calibrating and profiling his monitor is done fairly frequently, as monitors often shift over time. Fuldner must profile his printer only when he changes the type of ink or medial he uses.