Would you like the BumbleJax man to create a gallery quality masterpiece with your digital photo like the one in the video?  We mount to acrylic/plexiglass (including 1″ blocks!), aluminum, bamboo, dibond or gatorfoam.  Each piece is hand-crafted with your satisfaction guaranteed right here in our Seattle shop.  Check out over 500 testimonials from our satisfied customers.

Get started today!  Just head over to our configuration system, choose your product tab, upload your photo, select the size, then any options or upgrades and he’ll take care of the rest, working his magic to create your wall art wonder.

See the acrylic prints process at Youtube along with all our other videos.

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peter lik photographer

For renowned Australian landscape photographer Peter Lik, the future was handed to him on his eighth birthday when he got a Kodak Brownie box camera as a gift. The first photo he took with that camera was that of a spider web in his family’s home garden. That photo was followed by many others for Peter who brought his camera with him wherever he went. Born in Melbourne, Australia to Czech immigrant parents, this hard working artist was self-taught.  The 8-year old boy with the Kodak Brownie box camera is now an internationally acclaimed panoramic landscape photographer.  He is one of the 21st century’s most influential and most collected artists. Celebrities and political personalities look for his work.

The United States and Australia

1984 marked an important milestone in the life of Peter. This was the year when he decided to embark on a life-defining journey and travel to the United States. When he was introduced to the medium format panoramic camera, Peter decided to take his photography to greater heights. But first, he had to go back to Australia.

Back in his land of birth, Peter captured the Great South Land in breathtaking photographic scenes. Cairns became the home of his first gallery. It was also here where Peter established his publishing company.

In 1989, Peter went back to the United States and embarked on an adventure that would put his name on the map – in big, bold letters. He photographed all 50 states in America and printed the photos in a book that was published five years later. Peter’s book,  Spirit of America, chronicles his exciting American adventure.

When Peter decided to move to Las Vegas, it was also the start of  LIK USA. After opening four galleries in the Sin City, he opened nine more in different parts of the US. Peter also has one gallery in Queensland.

Master Photographer

Peter’s photography style is his own. This is the main reason why his galleries attract thousands upon thousands of visitors everyday. His work has been described – in many occasions – as artistically composed, exquisite, amazing and incredible. He is undisputedly the master when it comes to nature and landscape photography. His pictures draw the audience in, as if trying to whisper something. The images and scenes are stunning. Peter’ photographs are visually appealing; the colors come to life.

Two of his most popular works are “One” (which was sold for a million dollars – his first) and “Ghost”, which was taken in Arizona’s Antelope Canyon and won the 2010 Windland Smith Rice International Awards for Nature’s Best Photography (Art in Nature category). The winning photograph was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.

Awards

Peter Lik is the recipient of numerous awards from various photography organizations and groups. Two of his most cherished awards are the ones given by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and the Professional Photographers of America. These awards cemented his reputation as a Master Photographer.

Aside from awards, Peter also has fellowships from two prestigious groups: The Royal Photographic Society or RPS and the British Institute of Professional Photographers.

Bringing The Photos To Life With Acrylic Face Mounting

A question we get a lot here at Bumblejax is “Are you familiar with Peter Lik?  I want to present my photography in the same stunning way using acrylic!”  Our answer of course is always a resounding, “YES we can do it for you!”  In addition to producing stunning photography, it’s well known that Peter differentiates himself from other photographers by presenting his work in a unique and modern way using the acrylic face mounting process.  There are just a handful of companies in the US providing this service with exceptional quality and we’re proud to say that we’re one of them up here in Seattle!  This is a process that we specialize in and have been working with photographers all over the world who are looking for new ways to display their work and stand out in galleries.

So what’s the big deal with acrylic face mounting you ask?  If I could boil it down to really two key differentiators I’d say the first is that acrylic has unique properties that allow light to refract within the acrylic, illuminating the image in the right light.  This isn’t something that glass provides as light simply passes through.  The other key differentiator is that the image is the star in this presentation with zero distraction from a frame around the image or any kind of hardware such as stand off bolts in the corner.  We print your photo to high grade photo paper (satin or metallic), then the print is face mounted to the acrylic so that you are looking through the acrylic at your image.  To complete the modern look we add kiln dried doug fir floater blocks to the back so that it appears as if this vibrant piece is floating in air on your wall.  Here’s a look at an acrylic print we did for a customer who captured a vibrant shot of Chihuly’s glass installation at the Bellagio in Vegas.

chihuly bellagio acrylic print

The beauty of this kind photo presentation can’t be fully appreciated with pictures and video on a webpage unfortunately.  As much as we try to give a full perspective of how it’s going to look it really needs to be seen in person.  The pop that you see in the image.  The WOW responses we receive from customers when they open their Bumblejax package is only a result of seeing it in the flesh and on the wall.

Would you like the Peter Lik treatment on your photos?  We’d love to produce one for you!  You can see all the details of our acrylic print product here.  We offer 50% off on a first order for pro photographers along with many other benefits.  If you’re not a pro photographer and just want a piece of gallery quality art using your own photo you can get 10% off on your first order by signing up for our newsletter on the home page.  We also provide bulk order discounting!  We look forward to hearing from you so contact us today if you have any questions about our process or pricing.

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underwater photographyOuter space and the deep blue sea are the two most elusive frontiers we have to explore, and thanks to changing technology, at least one is getting easier for the average Joe.

Over a century ago, photographer William Thompson took the first-ever underwater photograph of a blurry bundle of seaweed in the shallows of south England. Louis Bouton took the first clearly focused photograph nearly forty years later.  Both photographers used well-sealed boxes to execute their shots.  The first true underwater photography device was invented years later by an American photojournalist named Jack Williamson in the early 1900’s, and eventually the technology evolved.  National Geographic published the first underwater color images in 1927.

At this point in time equipment was not only extremely rare, but also bulky and difficult to use. Soon after, Jacques Cousteau and Emile Gagnan, inventors of the aqualung, began developing more user-friendly equipment with other divers. It wasn’t until 1957 when Cousteau teamed up with Belgian inventor Jean de Wouters to create the Calypso 35mm underwater range finder that the future of subaquatic photography was clearly seen.

Throughout the 70’s and 80’s Nat Geo was the go-to source for underwater photography.  For those dwelling inland, these photos were their only source of aquatic visuals apart from vacation snorkeling, trips to the aquarium and the household goldfish.  Today, we live in an era of rapidly expanding accessibility to aquatic photography.

In the last few years we have seen a rise in the production of waterproof point-and-shoot camera’s and housings for DSLR’s, video cameras and even iPhones.  Let’s take a look at several devices that put the possibilities of underwater photography in even the most budget-strapped hands, leaving you no choice but to get out there and start shooting.

The iPhone has had several underwater housings developed for it since its creation in 2007. With the iPhone boasting an 8MP camera with light sensitive tap-to-focus and an f/2.2 aperture, the least one can do is get some cool shots of the kids in the pool. There are several cases on the market worth having a look at, and none of them will set you back more than $110.

Here are a few:

Lifeproof case:

  • $40 and submersible up to 6 feet.

lifeproof

Griffin Survivor + Catalyst:

  • $44 and submersible up to 10 feet.

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Otterbox Armor:

  • $53.90 and submersible up to 6.6 feet.

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Watershot Housing:

  • $109.98 and submersible up to an impressive 130 feet.

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I personally used the Lifeproof case while snorkeling in the Bahamas a couple months back, and it seemed to work well, although the touchscreen can be a tad finicky beneath the plastic cover.

Next we have the GoPro Hero 3. The GoPro isn’t the best option for true photographers, and neither is the iPhone, but it will still get the job done.

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Submersible up to 131 feet, this petite camera is great for documenting snorkeling, diving, surfing and anything else you can think of. The GoPro is truly intended for video and offers a resolution of 1080p firing at 30fps. Its stills are somewhat less exciting at 5MP and 3fps, but nevertheless great quality for its convenient size and price. The Hero 3 will set you back $199.99.

nikon_aw1Finally we’ll get into what I think is the future of amateur and professional underwater photography. The Nikon AW1 has only been available for a matter of days, as it was released October 10, 2013. The Nikon 1, the AW1’s predecessor, has been a hot-selling item since its market introduction in 2011 due to its unique design. Being one of the first mirrorless cameras to have transposable lenses, this camera offers tremendous flexibility and convenience. The AW1 takes those elements to the next level by being the “world’s first waterproof, shockproof interchangeable lens camera” ever made. The AW1 has truly come a long way since it was highly inspired by the Calypso and Nikonos cameras developed decades ago.

This camera has some noteworthy tech specs including a 14.2 MP CX Format CMOS sensor, a 73-point phase detection AF in conjunction with a 135-point contrast detection AF, an ISO ranging from 160-6400, underwater distortion and white balance correction, continuous shooting up to 15 fps, a pop-up waterproof flash, and full HD 1080p video. To top it all off, it’s also submersible up to 45 feet.

The camera is compatible with all previous Nikon 1 lenses as well as its own shock and waterproof 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8 and 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses. Sold with either one lens or both, the Nikon AW1 will set you back between $800-$1000. Being the most fearless compact camera on the market, I can’t wait to read the reviews.

Bring Your Underwater Photography To Life!

Do you have some great underwater photography you would like us to transform into gallery quality wall art?  We have seen some terrific underwater photography come through our shop over the years and the acrylic + metallic photo mounting option really bring them to life!

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With the ease of creating panoramic photos with the new iPhone models and many cameras, many more people are capturing the full spectrum of what they see whether it be the entire family for a group photo, that stunning horizon or urban landscape.  If you’re like me, you have likely often said to yourself, “The picture just isn’t doing this justice.”  Panoramic photos help bring a bit more justice to what you’re seeing.

Now that you’ve got that pano shot on your phone or camera, how about bringing to life by displaying at home or in the office?  Sure, you could go to many online print shops and get a panoramic photo printed.  You can get it done on the cheap at Walmart or Costco, but if you’re looking for something high quality and unique you’ll want to think a bit outside the box on this one.

Here at Bumblejax, we can create simple prints for you, but then what to do with them?  You then have to find the frame, a reliable framer, etc.  Our specialty is creating highly unique, gallery quality wall art.  Our photo mounting process on bamboo, aluminum and acrylic can transform your digital memories into beautiful art.  Every piece comes ready to hang with no tools.  No need to find a frame and framer.

Here are a couple samples of what we can do for you…

aluminum_panoramic_print Here’s a shot of a long panoramic print project done for one of our customers on raw aluminum.  It’s expensive to ship very long pieces of aluminum, bamboo and acrylic so we often recommend customers consider splitting the image like shown to your left.  It really makes a dramatic statement!
   
PanoBlock_2_web Our latest product offering is the 1” thick polished acrylic photo block.  We stock a few standard sizes and soon will be offering a standard pano size of 16×4” (pictured) which we expect to appeal to all you iPhone panoramic photographers :)  These standalone 1” acrylic blocks create a stunning, vibrant 3-D like effect. 
   
acrylicmiami (1) Here is another sample of a long panoramic image split into three parts (called a triptych), but this was done with our very popular acrylic face mount process for a beautiful presentation of the Miami skyline.  Quite a centerpiece for this modern Miami home!
   
   

This video shows one massive panoramic acrylic face mount using metallic paper.  It’s a dramatic presentation using digital art created by a local artist.  Unfortunately the angle and time of day creates some glare which takes away from this video a bit, but it is mighty impressive in person.  It’s using 1/4” acrylic and is 72×46”.

 

Do you have a panoramic photo ready for the Bumblejax treatment?  We’d love to create spectacular wall art for you either as one piece or broken up into parts.  We don’t stock pano sizes since customers generally have varied size requests, but we can do any size up to 92″ in length.  We look forward to hearing from you!  Contact us here with your quote request.

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