Michael Ragsdale makes his home high
in the blue sky community of Big Bear Lake, California. Ragsdale has
been a landscape and wildlife photographer shooting advertising stock images most of his life.
Ragsdale's love for panoramic photography and a desire to create better ways to capture
images is a unique marriage in an artist, and capturing the emotion in
what "we actually see" has long been his focus.
Creating digital images that rival
film is now possible.
In fact, digital photography allows us to see things in ways never before
possible. Ragsdale has been among the pioneers in the development and use
of these new multi-image and panorama editing technologie.
Ragsdale creates fine art, which represents life and
light as close to the way we actually experience
it as possible. He has invented specialized tools to help him produce
these stunning panoramic imagesand create his unique photo realistic
water color or dry brush works of art that have
become his icon.
Michael Ragsdale runs his own
photography, publishing and design company, Westlake Technical Products in
Big Bear Lake, California and hosts traveling photographic workshops which
teach digital techniques to his students. Current projects include Reflections
of the Land, an all digital view of this country, wildlife and our
national parks, his Vantage Point Series, a stylized look at
the people, and the different ways we spend our lives on the land today.
In this series he captures the essence of ourselves in our every day
a totally new way. He also continues a retrospective project which
involves the restoration of glass-plate negatives and photographic
collections from early photographic history. He says "there is a
clear link between the way we looked at ourselves then and how we live on
the land today".
Ragsdale's work has been widely
published as stock photography, seen extensively on the Web, and is now
collected in public and private collections. Each photograph or
art created by Ragsdale is an original. There is no duplication process
which will produce the details in the shadows and highlights which
are found in the
archival prints, which can take a long timeto complete. Each named
piece of art is signed by Michael personally then numbered and
logged in a history register. Production of each named piece is limited to
the number shown with his signature on each individual piece. All works
are mounted with acid free art boards and matting materials to keep your
art looking the way it did when you purchased it. The inks used in these
artworks are archival inks and prints stored under the right conditions
should resist fading for over 200 years. Your prints will look best when
illuminated by a D50 (daylight) light source.