High Light, Peak Light and Lake Light books by Dave Butcher

Prices and Print Information

Prices

Most black and white photographs on sale through this web site are available with prices increasing with image size. The exceptions are limited edition prints where the price is related to the size of the print run.

Postal and Shipping Charges
All orders are free of postage in the UK.

We have had to introduce shipping charges for destinations outside the UK:

  • For orders up to £100 the shipping charge is £10,
  • For orders above £100 the shipping charge is £25.

Please Note: The image area depends on the format of the photograph chosen. Dimensions quoted on this web site are approximate.

The photographs are available in various sizes in 3 types of silver gelatine prints:

  • Limited Editions Prints
  • Original Prints
  • Silver Prints.

Limited Edition Prints

These are hand printed by Dave Butcher using the best possible photographic silver gelatine paper available today, Ilford Multigrade fibre based paper, and processed archivally to ensure the longest possible lifetime for the print. The expected print lifetime of my limited edition prints should be measured in hundreds of years (silver gelatine photographs date back to the 1850's). They are printed in small numbers to make them exclusive. The print runs are between 1 and 25 prints.

They are priced by print run, not by the dimensions of the print as elsewhere. They are signed, titled and individually numbered and are unmounted to allow you the full choice of options with the presentation.

Limited Edition - Print run of 10 to 25 - £500

Limited Edition - Print run of 5 to 9 - £1000

Limited Edition - Print run of 1 - £2000

 

Original Prints

These are open edition photographs and are also hand printed by Dave Butcher using the best possible photographic silver gelatine paper available today, Ilford Multigrade fibre based paper (FB). They will also have an expected lifetime of over a hundred years. They are signed and titled both on the print and the window mount. If anything damages the window mount, while cleaning the frame for example, a new mount can be purchased from your local framing shop and the signature and title on the print can be displayed instead.

The largest photograph that I can print in my darkroom is roughly 60 x 50 cm (24 x 20 inches), available by special order only. This is the size of the image. The matt will be larger than this and, throughout most of this site, the sizes quoted for Original Prints refer to the size including the window matt, this is the frame size needed for the print as supplied.

Medium - 40 x 30 cm FB (image 20 x 20 to 30 x 20 cm): £85. Fits 40 x 30 cm frame.

Extra Large - 60 x 50 cm FB (image 40 x 40 to 50 x 40 cm): £170. Fits 60 x 50 cm frame.

The image sizes quoted are approximate and will vary according to the image format.

Other sizes and formats are available at shows, from Buxton Gallery in the Gardens and directly from the Dave Butcher Studio in Derbyshire.

 

Silver Prints & Sample Prints

These are produced on photographic silver gelatine paper by Ilford Lab Direct, a professional processing and printing lab at the factory that makes the Ilford brand of camera films and traditional silver gelatine printing papers. In order to control the image quality the negatives are scanned and edited by Dave Butcher to closely match a darkroom print. The final digital file is then sent to Ilford Lab Direct for printing onto Ilford resin coated paper (RC) using a Lightjet laser exposing device and traditional processing with developer and fixer. The prints have similar qualities to the Original and Limited Edition ranges of hand prints with an expected lifetime of many decades. In some circumstances we may supply a Dave Butcher hand-print on Ilford silver gelatin resin coated paper for the 30 x 24 cm size (described as a Sample Print), depending on deadline stated and our workload at the time the order is received. Sample Prints are mounted on card and are supplied with a white window mount over the print. Orders are not taken specifically for Sample Prints.

Small - 30 x 24 cm RC Square, image size usually 15 x 15 cm: £20 unmounted with wide white borders

Small - 30 x 24 cm RC Normal horizontal or vertical, image size usually 21 x 15 cm: £20 unmounted with wide white borders

Small - 30 x 24 cm RC Panorama, image size usually 21 x 10.5 cm: £20 unmounted with wide white borders

Huge - 70 x 50 cm RC Normal horizontal or vertical, image size 70 x 50 cm: £100 unmounted, no borders

Huge - 70 x 70 cm RC Square, image size 70 x 70 cm: £120 unmounted, no borders

Huge - 100 x 50 cm RC Panorama, image size 100 x 50 cm: £120 unmounted, no borders

 

Special Order Prints

If you need a size or finish that is not listed on this site, in either the Original or Silver Print ranges, please ask for a quote. Payment can still be made with Paypal using a special link that will be generated for your transaction, or any of the other payment methods.

 

Printing

The black and white Original and Limited Edition photographs by the photographer and printer, Dave Butcher, are widely sold for interior decor in the the home, office, hotel, restaurant, conference facility, etc and are in private collections. They also make ideal gifts for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries and any special occasion.

The photographs are NOT mass produced. A typical print run is between 3 and 6 prints. Unless otherwise stated they are open edition prints, NOT limited editions. However, Dave Butcher produces lots of new work, many negatives are only ever printed once so in this case up to 6 photographs are all that will be produced.

 

Mounted (unframed) Prints

Original Prints are mounted onto card then a window mount is cut with a suitable aperture to fit over the image area of the print. The mounted print is then ready to be framed, either at your local framing shop or using a standard size of ready made frame. Prints are trimmed to the sizes shown on the order pages (e.g. 30 x 40 cm, 60 x 50 cm, etc.) of the gallery section and will not need further trimming to fit standard ready made frames, as sold by many high street retailers. Original Prints are usually supplied in a clear protective sleeve.

Size Options - Inches or Cm

The matts can very easily be finished to the closest inch size. If you are in the USA, for example, this will allow you to buy a ready made frame to fit the picture from your local high street frame suppliers. Just make a comment on the order form that you want the print finishing to inches and it will be done.

The equivalent inch sizes:
40 x 30 cm = 16 x 12 inches
60 x 50 cm = 24 x 20 inches

Conservation grade mountboard is used exclusively to ensure that print life is not compromised by the choice of mount materials. Window mounts are white and lightly textured card.

 

Framed Photographs

To help you imagine what your photograph could look like once framed here is an example in a black frame. Black frames work very well with black and white photographs.

The frames are polished (shiny) black narrow-width aluminium

Framed prints can be supplied to personal callers to the gallery at Tunstead Milton or through art fairs and other exhibitions listed on this site. Framed prints are very reasonably priced and it may be worth considering a trip to the gallery in the beautiful Peak District, or to an art fair closer to your home, rather than paying for framing locally.

  • We do our own framing so that we can keep our prices as low as possible.
  • We use frames chosen to complement our photographs.

 

Print Life

With reasonable care, proper storage and display (preferably behind glass) these traditional darkroom prints will last for many generations.

Traditional photographic materials, such as the films and papers that I use, are based on silver-gelatine and this technolgy first produced images in the 1850's. These images are still in good condition. This gives me a lot of confidence in saying that my prints will last a lifetime, and probably several lifetimes!

In addition, fibre based photographic printing papers have been available for well over 100 years and prints from these earliest photographic times are still in excellent condition. The print life of fibre based prints, such as those that I sell through this web site, is therefore KNOWN to be well over 100 years.

Resin coated papers were introduced in the late 1960's and considerable improvements have been made since then. The print life is now KNOWN to be at least 50 years and will, in time, be proved to be considerably more.

For information, new computer printing materials (inkjet, giclee, etc) have an estimated print life based on a few weeks of experiments (usually between 4 and 6 weeks) using very controlled laboratory conditions (temperature and humidity, etc.). The light intensity used is at least 100 times greater than normal levels and some of the testing is performed using special filters to remove light known to be harmful to the materials (UV filters, etc) even though this is known to be present in normal light. There is also no agreed standard for what constitutes a normal day of daylight so again some companies take a low value to claim a better print life for their products than those from their competitors. The materials have only been available for a comparatively short period of a few years so there is little real life data available. However, as a scientist who used to run such trials for Ilford Photo, I find it difficult to accept that extrapolating from 4 weeks of data to 150 years print life is realistic!

It is my belief that digital prints cannot be compared with darkroom prints with any certainty with respect to print stability and longevity. Consequently at this time, Dave Butcher Photography does not use inkjet computer printing for the fine art prints sold through this web site and elsewhere.

 

Packaging

Unmounted Prints (Silver Print range):

  • Large prints: Unmounted photographic prints are supplied in postal tubes. 
  • Larger orders are supplied packed flat between MDF rigid board.
  • Small prints are supplied in a card postal envelope or packed flat between MDF rigid board.

Mounted Prints (Original Print range):

  • These are supplied flat in a clear protective sleeve, protected by MDF rigid board.
  • Once unpacked they will drop into a suitable ready-made frame to the dimensions noted when the order was placed. For example, a 60 x 50 cm mounted photograph will fit in a 60 x 50 cm frame. Alternatively, your local framing shop will be able to supply and fit a frame.

 

Fine Art Photographs Product Availability and Delivery Times

Dave Butcher Photography has an extensive product range. It is not possible to keep every image in stock in every size. It is the intention to despatch any photograph within 3 weeks of receiving an order but may take up to 4 weeks. This may be extended during periods of unusually high workload or due to photographic trips since all Original Prints are hand printed exclusively by Dave Butcher and Silver Prints are scanned and edited by Dave Butcher, even though they are printed by a commercial lab. You can easily check my commitments and gauge availability for making prints by looking at my web diary. Prints that are in stock will usually be despatched within a few days of receiving an order. In the rare event of a problem with availability of a product, we will contact you. Books, posters and gift vouchers are always in stock and are usually despatched within 2 to 5 days.

Please let me know if you are ordering at short notice for specific dates, such as birthdays or anniversaries, I will always try and meet these although at busy periods, such as Christmas, and while I am away on extended photo trips (once or twice a year for up to 4 weeks at a time) this may not always be possible.