Andy Biggs Talks Shop About Moab’s New Juniper Baryta Rag

Posted by on Monday May 11, 2015 | Photo Gear

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Wildlife photographer Andy Biggs has a well-stamped passport. “I’ve been everywhere, man,” he says with a chuckle, listing his recent travel itinerary—including India, Tanzania, Utah, Botswana and Scotland—while noting that Africa is his “home turf” for dramatic wildlife and nature pictures. The Houston-based lensman’s travels have a dual purpose: He leads photo-workshop safaris on the road, and he sells commercial prints of his own resulting images.

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Photo © Andy Biggs

“I supply interior designers with prints for their clients,” Biggs explains, “and I’ve entirely switched all my printing over to using this terrific inkjet paper.” He’s referring to Moab Juniper Baryta Rag 305, which he uses for both his large-scale color and his trademark black-and-white prints.

“I like the vividness of the colors and the depth of the black,” Biggs says. “In the black-and-white world, you want that really rich, deep black, which you can get with the Baryta. Plus it has the right white point that I’m looking for, a nice, mellow shade. A lot of papers on the market have an unnaturally bright white, which can look sort of fake. The color of white in a paper is really important—there are tons of shades of white, more than you’d ever imagine.”

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Photo © Andy Biggs

He adds that this two-tone combo complements the Juniper Baryta Rag 305’s cotton texture and double-weight-coated finish. “It’s nice and heavy, and it’s not overly reflective,” Biggs says. “It reminds me of what a black-and-white print would look like from a traditional, silver-halide black-and-white darkroom. And that’s a look that a lot of interior designers go for.”

While the majority of Biggs’s commercial prints are black-and-white, he regularly captures color files. “I’m always shooting in color, but it’s likely that I will convert to black-and-white in post-production,” he says. He typically uses a Phase One DF+ medium-format camera and a Phase One IQ280 80-megapixel digital back, making 50-megapixel files. “That way you can do really large prints, like 30×45 inches,” he notes. “The larger the better.”

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Photo © Andy Biggs

When Biggs does create color prints, he likes the Juniper Baryta Rag 305’s ability to render them. “The combination of medium format and a large file size with this paper allows me to convey all the rich tonality that I’m capturing,” he says. Biggs adds, however, that many of his workshop students opt for more modest (and portable) gear. “I listen to what their goals and needs are, and what their budgets are, and then I make my best recommendations,” he says. “Whatever they shoot with, Juniper Baryta is the paper I’m recommending, especially to people who want to make black-and-white prints. It’s one of my trade secrets.”

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Zebras in motion, printed on Juniper Baryta Rag 305. Photo © Andy Biggs

For more information on Moab paper please visit moabpaper.com/juniper-baryta-rag. Moab is offering readers the opportunity to test the Juniper Baryta Rag 305 by emailing moab@legionpaper.com and requesting a free sample.


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