When he created his famous depictions of Venice, the 18th century Italian painter Canaletto subscribed to the artistic principle of vedute – the portrayal of a real place with absolute precision. It's a principle that veteran landscape photographer, print lover and Canson® Infinity Ambassador Chris Ceaser strives to emulate himself. "From day one, I was drawn to wide vistas because that's what we see in real life with our eyes," Chris says. "If I look at a valley, I want to show you that entire scene."
But how do you achieve total precision in landscape photography? For Chris, there are two elements. The first is ensuring absolute clarity in-camera. The second is ensuring the same in print.
To achieve the former using his Canon EOS R5, Chris often utilises focus stacking. In this technique, the scene is shot multiple times with different points of focus and then the frames are merged into one final image. This creates a very extensive depth of field and a scene that is rich with detail. "To reproduce a vista with the precision of a Canaletto painting, you're going to have to get everything in focus," Chris says. "In scenes where there are strong elements in the close foreground as well as in the far background, focus stacking is the only way you can get the depth of field required to bring out that detail throughout the frame."
To bring vedute through to print, Chris relies on the precision and professional features of the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 and imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printers, in combination with Canson® Infinity papers. Here, he discusses his process for focus stacking in landscape photography and bringing that captured detail to life in print.