Currently, Art Haseltine's underwater photographs are made with a digital, Sony Alpha 6500 mirrorless camera. The camera is held in a Nauticam NA-A6500 underwater housing. Illumination is provided by dual Inon Z-240 underwater strobes. Digital images are captured in RGB color, and converted to b&w with Adobe Photoshop. Prints are made on an Epson SureColor P-800 inkjet printer using Ultrachrome K3 (pigment) inks.
In years past Art has used a variety of film cameras and underwater housings. These have included medium-format (Pentax, Rollei, Hasselblad, and Mamiya) and 35mm (Nikon SLR and Nikonos) cameras. His b&w film of choice has been Ilford Delta 100. Before digital, Art made silver-gelatin prints, processed to archival standards, in his own photographic darkroom.
Both types of prints, silver and digital, are available to a maximum size of 17x22 inches, and mounted on 22x28-inch rag board. Currently, digital printing papers of choice are Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk and Canson Baryta Photographique. Even in this digital age, Art creates b&w images that are true to the “west coast tradition” of fine-art photography.
Art makes b&w portraits of terrestrial critters. His images emphasize detail, tonality, contrast, and composition.
(gallery under construction)