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Welcome to the website of Dave and Barb Kaley.   We have been  involved with photography for many years, with the image making and  printing being my part and my wife Barbara adding her own special  artistic endeavors.


We operated a full service studio in Wisconsin  for several years.  In 2004 we moved to Nevada and I focused much of my  attention on landscape, portraiture, portfolio, and fine art.  In 2014  we moved back to Kenosha, Wisconsin.  


I am constantly amazed at the wonders offered by nature and the  beauty of the human spirit; I enjoy capturing this in my own personal  endeavors.  If you would be interested in purchasing or licensing any of  my landscape or fine art prints, please contact me directly at  dkaley@outlook.com.  In addition to landscape images, I offer extensive  portrait and portfolio services.  I particularly enjoy the portrait and  portfolio portion of my work and would very much like to collaborate  with you on producing images that are much more than portraits or  likenesses for a portfolio.  Rather, they should be an extension of who  you are or would like to be; please contact me if you are interested in  these services.


My photography is largely with a digital SLR and large format (5X7  and 8X10) cameras.  My printing is divided into two types: Epson pigment  printer technology and alternative process contact printing (Cyanotype  and Platinum/Palladium at this time).  These printing methods provide  the fine quality and longevity expected of the very best work.  While  most of the landscape images will be from the Southwest, I will  periodically add images from the Midwest as well. 


Platinum/Palladium printing (abbreviated as Pt/Pd) dates to the  1800's and uses Platinum and/or Palladium metals to make the image.  The  chemistry (Pt/Pd and a sensitizer) is hand coated onto fine art paper  such as Arches Platine; when dry the paper is placed in contact with a  negative the size of the final image and exposed to an intense ultra  violet light.  The print is processed to bring out the image and the  sensitizer and excess Pt/Pd is removed in successive processing trays.   The print is then washed and dried.


The Pt/Pd process was favored for many years (and considered the  finest quality) due to tonal depth of the image and longevity (expected  to be at least 500 years).  By the very early 1900's use of the Pt/Pd  process was mostly abandoned because of cost, very time consuming (hours  per print), the inability to enlarge the negative (enlargers cannot  provide the amount of light needed), very elusive repeatability, and  improvements in the silver process.


While the Pt/Pd process is very challenging, I use it for some of my  printing because of the quality, longevity, and uniqueness of making  images in this way. I hope you enjoy browsing my images. 


Thank you for visiting.  Dave Kaley