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Red River Pros: Peter Randall

Peter Randall at Red River Paper Pro Corner

Landscape, nature, and documentary photographer

Peter Randall is a landscape, nature, and documentary photographer who works out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Most of his images have appeared in magazines and in ten published books of his work.

Peter Randall - Landscape, nature, and documentary photographer
© Peter Randall

The Client

Publisher assignment for a book project on the Isles of Shoals, islands off the coast of Portsmouth.

The Assignment

Photograph wildlife, landscape, and human activities on the nine islands. Rare in northern New England is a colony of large wading birds, in this case Snowy Egrets. The effort involved constructing a bird blind on the off-shore island and weekly trips, beginning in early May, to photograph during the nesting season.

The Execution

“This is a Tri-X image made with a 1000mm Nikkor mirror lens from the bird blind. Even with a fixed aperture of f11, this lens has very little depth of field so if a bird moved its head it would be out of focus. The feeding process happens quickly so the technique used was mostly focus, shoot; refocus, shoot; etc., and hope for a sharp image.”

Post Production

“The film was digitized using a Nikon Super Coolscan 4000 and adjusted in Photoshop CS3.”

The Output

“The prints for a related exhibit were output on Red River's UltraPro Satin paper at 13 x 19 on an Epson 3800 printer. The Ultra Pro Satin's surface provided a clean, lustrous, graduated black and white tone that kept both shadow detail in the vegetation and highlight detail in the birds.”


Peter Randall’s web site is: He can be emailed at [email protected].

Favorite Papers

UltraPro Satin

UltraPro Satin looks and feels just like traditional photo lab paper and features a medium depth luster finish.

Favorite Of: Jim DiVitale & Peter Randall

River Linen

River Linen adds a special dimension to your printed image with its premium quality linen surface paper.

Favorite Of: JVS & Helene Glassman

Aurora Art

Made using fine 100% cotton rag content, Aurora Art White and Aurora Art Natural offers the look and feel of fine art paper.

Favorite of: Marilyn Sholin, Matt Hoyle, Susan McCartney, & Kaitlin Walsh

Arctic Polar Satin

With its crisp blue white shade, Arctic Polar Satin ensures your images will project more brilliance. Its state of the art microporous coating will enhance details and color saturation.

Favorite of: Al Francekevich & Susan McCartney

Last updated: September 03, 2021

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