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Hello everyone! Welcome to RJK Images; a collection of beautiful images from the coast of Maine. We have just launched the site and still working towards completion. Some of the sections are incomplete and not all of the photos have been migrated over. However, you can certainly look through the site and in particular, the galleries. And if so inclined, you can even purchase a print online. Please continue to return as the site will continue to be populated on a daily basis!


RJK Images Tag Line

Hello everyone! Welcome to RJK Images; a collection of beautiful images from the coast of Maine. We have just launched the site and still working towards completion. Some of the sections are incomplete and not all of the photos have been migrated over. However, you can certainly look through the site and in particular, the galleries. And if so inclined, you can even purchase a print online. Please continue to return as the site will continue to be populated on a daily basis!


RJK Images Tag Line

Hello everyone! Welcome to RJK Images; a collection of beautiful images from the coast of Maine. We have just launched the site and still working towards completion. Some of the sections are incomplete and not all of the photos have been migrated over. However, you can certainly look through the site and in particular, the galleries. And if so inclined, you can even purchase a print online. Please continue to return as the site will continue to be populated on a daily basis!

New Releases

New Releases

New Releases

Favorites

Favorites

Artist's Favorites

Coastal Images

Coastal Images

Coastal Images

Seasons

Seasons

Seasons

Lakes & Rivers

Bodies of Water

Bodies of Water

Structures

Structures

Structures

Feel free to enter any of the galleries simply by clicking on an image.


Galleries


New Releases

New Releases

Artist’s Favorites

Artist's Favorites

Coastal Images

Coastal Images

Seasons

Seasons

Structures

Structures
Ogunquit Fireworks - OpeningThe French word “giclée” (pronounce: zhee-klay) is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb “gicler” meaning “to squirt”.

“Giclée print” entails an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas and photobase paper. We use UV-enhanced pigment based inks to ensure the long life of your print; colors will remain vibrant and fade-resistant for 85 years or more.

Giclée prints are created typically using professional 8 to 12 Color ink-jet printers. In our case, we use an Image Prograf 12-color separation commercial ink-jet printer. The giclée printing process rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction; the process results in a higher resolution than lithography (Lithographs) and a wider colour range than a screen print (Serigraph).

Smooth transition of color gives a high-realism and lifelike quality to our images. Customers have told us that when viewing Robin’s work, they feel as if they are actually looking at the physical scene in real life, as opposed to just looking at a photograph.

Another tremendous advantage of giclée printing is that archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Also, our digital images can be reproduced large scale or at smaller sizes, giving us the ability to customize prints for a specific client.

Giclée prints are recognized and respected in the world of fine art, and are found in photography galleries, art galleries, and museums.

A Limited Edition from RJK Images involves a limited giclée print run* (500) of any single image, regardless of size or medium (paper or canvas).

Each printed image will be personally signed and numbered by the photographer and will be accompanied by an embossed Certificate of Authenticity.

We print to order and with each 100 prints sold, the retail price of the image will increase due to the limited stock available. As an edition fully sells out, the value of the print increases with value.

Exclusive buy-out of any image on the web-site will be considered; please contact RJK Images if you are interested in becoming the worldwide owner of one single print. When a new image is released, you have the opportunity of purchasing a numbered edition of 1/1.

Once a maximum print run has been sold, the digital file will be archived and sealed in a vault, not to be used again as a giclée print.

*Please note that this Limited Edition pertains to giclée prints. Items such as note-cards and calendars may have the same image as seen in a limited edition, but please bear in mind that an entirely different printing process is used. Only giclée prints are part of the Limited Edition.

Choosing an image to be printed is an exciting process and whether you go with paper or canvas, either selection yields an impressive pictorial depth. We have carefully selected the best way to show our printed images and are pleased with the very best quality that we can offer you.

All of our fine art photographs are printed on archival quality Hahneműhle Bright Smooth Cotton Rag (matte finish paper), or on archival quality fine textured Epson Exhibition Bright White Canvas (matte finish). Printed images yield unchanging quality due to the high-end paper and ink used.

Black & White images are printed on archival quality Hahneműhle Pearl Cotton Rag (semi-opaque finish paper), or on the same textured Epson Exhibition Bright White Canvas used for all color prints.

The Hahneműhle Fine Art Cotton Rag Paper is an excellent choice for exhibiting the deep saturations of colors and latitude of hues present in a landscape scene. It is well suited for display in a finished frame protected with glass or plexi. The Epson Exhibition Canvas excels at bringing out the finest details from a landscape scene with its finely textured surface. In addition, the canvas is sealed with a hand-textured coating of varnish yielding a painterly look and feel to the presentation.

Whether you take care of the framing or would like us to handle the process, paper prints will need to have a mat, frame and either glass or plexi. Canvas prints are best viewed in a finished floater-style frame (without a mat and glass).

At RJK Images it is our intention for the image to become the primary focus of the viewer’s gaze, and that the mat and framing are there to complement and ‘hold’ the image. Neither the image nor the framing should overwhelm the other. We work carefully to achieve the necessary integral balance between all components involved, hence every framed image is custom made to order.

For archival paper prints we use Alphamat™ and Artcare™ (100% acid-free) mat boards. We double-mat our prints with emphasis on highlighting specific image hues in order to bring out the fullness and richness of the image created. Sometimes we use a gold or silver fillet in place of an inner mat. The frame selected completes and contains the image. For images that are 16 inches and smaller, we use a 1-inch slightly-brushed aluminum frame. For larger images, a 1-1/2 inch textured aluminum frame is used. The colors of the frame and mat are chosen based on the overall color tone of the print.

For canvas images we stretch the print over solid wood frames using staples as fasteners, not glue. The canvas prints are protected with a coat of varnish, which is applied by hand using a cross-hatched brush stroke. This added personal touch not only gives the canvas an extra layer of protection, it brings to the image a similar look and feel to that of a finished painting. Machine-applied varnish does not give a realistic touch and we are happy to go the extra mile to make each canvas unique.

For 12 inch canvas prints, a black 3/8-inch thick floating frame with gold or silver leaf is used. For larger canvases, a 1 inch gold-tone or silver-tone floater frame is used.

We take all the professional steps necessary to ensure your giclee print will bring you enjoyment for decades to come.

Whether you take care of the framing or would like us to handle the process, paper prints will need to have a mat, frame and either glass or plexi. Canvas prints are best viewed in a finished floater-style frame (without a mat and glass).

If you have a specific mat and frame in mind for this image, other than what we have recommended, please contact us directly and we will do our best to accommodate you.

We offer UPS ground shipping in the US and also UPS international, as well.

Our prints are individually printed to order and each one is a registered, signed and numbered masterpiece. Every Limited Edition Print has to be inspected and so some delays can occur when working around our busy travel schedule.

Framed prints are delivered approximately 4-6 weeks from the date payment is received. Unframed prints are delivered in approximately 2-3 weeks.

Every framed print is professionally packaged to prevent damage during transit. In the unlikely event that damage should occur during transit, we aim to resolve any problem quickly and to your complete satisfaction.
All online payments are processed via Authorize.net. Authorize.net offers an industry standard secure online payment system. You can use any credit or debit card to pay.
Viewing an image on a monitor is different from viewing a printed image in front of you. An image on a monitor is backlit while a printed image is front lit. As a result, there are subtle variations in color palettes and exposure ranges. Added to that, the wide variations in monitor settings and computer screens (desktops, tablets and smart phones).

We at RJK Images spend a great deal of time color matching an image seen on a monitor to a printed version of the same image. In point of fact, we produce a number of artist proofs in order to zero in on a final setting that we feel is as close to the image produced from our calibrated monitors.

At times, we actually release some of our artist proofs. The variations in color and exposures are slightly different compared to the final versions released for the limited edition sets. And since very few artist proofs are ever released, their value can exceed the value of a limited edition print. If you are interested in an artist proof, please contact us and we can discuss options.

Please note, however, the images on this website should only be used as a guide. We at RJK Images know that you will be more than satisfied with the printed image. In some cases, depending on the monitor settings you viewed the image on, the actual printed image may even be more saturated in color and texture.

The life of a print depends in part on what type of material the image is printed onto and the type of inks used. It also depends on how long the print is exposed to light each day, how bright that light is, and other factors such as humidity and temperature. We have gone to great lengths to ensure you are receiving an archival quality print, now the rest is up to you!

Here are some recommendations, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about where or how to display your work.

  1. You can situate your print in a bright room yet out of the path of direct sunlight
  2. Small, damp, unventilated rooms should be avoided (small shower/bathroom)
  3. Clean areas work best (avoid cooking areas with steaming pots/cooking oil or rooms with hairspray/aerosol paints etc.)

With the correct care your RJK Images Limited Edition Print has the potential to last a lifetime.


Information


The following links provided here give detailed information on a number of topics that you may have questions to. For example, what kind of matting do we use? Or what shipping carrier we might employ? Please feel free to read through any or all of the information provided through these links. If you still have questions that cannot be answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will certainly accommodate you.




Robin Keus is clearly in his element when capturing the beauty of Nature with his cameras. He thrives in the great outdoors and come rain or shine, snow or sleet, he can be found on or near the Maine coast doing what he loves best. Enveloped by sea winds, both wild and calm, hot or cold; trudging through thick muddy clam flats and losing a boot; parking himself and tripod in ankle-deep salty winter waters is what Robin does to get a great shot.

Born in a northern beach town of Holland and raised in coastal New England, Robin has always lived near the sea. Becoming immersed in his work is what has the greatest meaning for him. ‘Do what you love to do. Find a way. Show up to your own life. Somehow find a way because in the end, that is all that really matters’ he encourages.

Since early 2012, Robin has figuratively (and sometimes literally) plunged himself into fine art landscape photography. Up until then, his priorities and responsibilities were in many ways different than they are today. For the past 30 years leading up to 2012, Robin travelled much of the world as an engineer. He was focused on a successful career and was distracted in life by trying to stay ahead of the curve in the quickly and ever-changing hi-tech industry.

Along the way, he saw many wonderful land and seascapes. At times he had a camera in hand but mostly he was busy running to business meetings and running through airports. Over those decades, on weekends or on a rare day-off he managed to shoot portraits, events, still life and even some landscapes. Busy as he was with his engineering career, he could not shake the yearning to be outdoors in the wilds photographing Nature.

As time went on he realized that he was living a life unfulfilled. Eventually reaching a cross-road in his life, the decision to settle in coastal Maine and pursue fine art landscape photography wholeheartedly was made. So instead of madly running through airports you will now see Robin running through fields or along a beach. Capturing the light at its best, instead of capturing business contracts, is what brings him happiness and contentment.

Through the medium of photography I can replicate and express my emotions. My work is more than taking a snapshot of a scene, much more because it is truly a holistic process. Through the ever-changing seas and skies, compelling scenes reveal themselves, allowing me to become immersed and absorbed. I then set up the shot and compose the scene, keeping in mind what I must do in the post editing phase to bring about the full latitude of the scene’s vibrancy.

Even with the technological advances of today’s digital cameras, it is still impossible to completely and accurately capture what the human eye can see, and especially what the human spirit can feel. So I spend time in the digital darkroom carefully and purposefully pushing and pulling colors and hues in order to express the intensity of that captured moment in time.

For the last few years I have fine-tuned my skills in all phases of creating a finished composition. With the advent of newer technologies in image capture and lens design, I can bring out more of the subtle color tones that exist in the scene, along with expanding the dynamic range of light that is there, too. Combined with using more advanced software editing programs (as much as five for one image, if necessary) I am able to bring to realization what I experienced and felt at the time I captured the scene through my lens.


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Robin Keus is clearly in his element when capturing the beauty of Nature with his cameras. He thrives in the great outdoors and come rain or shine, snow or sleet, he can be found on or near the Maine coast doing what he loves best. Enveloped by sea winds, both wild and calm, hot or cold; trudging through thick muddy clam flats and losing a boot; parking himself and tripod in ankle-deep salty winter waters is what Robin does to get a great shot.

Born in a northern beach town of Holland and raised in coastal New England, Robin has always lived near the sea. Becoming immersed in his work is what has the greatest meaning for him. ‘Do what you love to do. Find a way. Show up to your own life. Somehow find a way because in the end, that is all that really matters’ he encourages.

Since early 2012, Robin has figuratively (and sometimes literally) plunged himself into fine art landscape photography. Up until then, his priorities and responsibilities were in many ways different than they are today. For the past 30 years leading up to 2012, Robin travelled much of the world as an engineer. He was focused on a successful career and was distracted in life by trying to stay ahead of the curve in the quickly and ever-changing hi-tech industry.

Along the way, he saw many wonderful land and seascapes. At times he had a camera in hand but mostly he was busy running to business meetings and running through airports. Over those decades, on weekends or on a rare day-off he managed to shoot portraits, events, still life and even some landscapes. Busy as he was with his engineering career, he could not shake the yearning to be outdoors in the wilds photographing Nature.

As time went on he realized that he was living a life unfulfilled. Eventually reaching a cross-road in his life, the decision to settle in coastal Maine and pursue fine art landscape photography wholeheartedly was made. So instead of madly running through airports you will now see Robin running through fields or along a beach. Capturing the light at its best, instead of capturing business contracts, is what brings him happiness and contentment.

Through the medium of photography I can replicate and express my emotions. My work is more than taking a snapshot of a scene, much more because it is truly a holistic process. Through the ever-changing seas and skies, compelling scenes reveal themselves, allowing me to become immersed and absorbed. I then set up the shot and compose the scene, keeping in mind what I must do in the post editing phase to bring about the full latitude of the scene’s vibrancy.

Even with the technological advances of today’s digital cameras, it is still impossible to completely and accurately capture what the human eye can see, and especially what the human spirit can feel. So I spend time in the digital darkroom carefully and purposefully pushing and pulling colors and hues in order to express the intensity of that captured moment in time.

For the last few years I have fine-tuned my skills in all phases of creating a finished composition. With the advent of newer technologies in image capture and lens design, I can bring out more of the subtle color tones that exist in the scene, along with expanding the dynamic range of light that is there, too. Combined with using more advanced software editing programs (as much as five for one image, if necessary) I am able to bring to realization what I experienced and felt at the time I captured the scene through my lens.



  • Southern Maine Coastline at the Whitney Galleries

    Gallery Showing between August 14th & August 28th Artist’s Reception August 15th – 5:00 PM thru 8:00 PM Absorbed in his work and inspired by the elements of the Maine’s natural beauty Robin is devoted to photographing distinct moments and making them available to everyone. The images that he presents at this exhibition are of the rugged coastline and its incredible beauty.

  • Whitney Galleries Artist Reception

    Artist’s Reception August 15th – 5:00 PM thru 8:00 PM  Come by and meet the artist! Robin will be available to discuss any and all inquiries on his latest works. He can elaborate on the cold, numbing experience being ankle deep by the ocean in late winter for more than an hour in order to capture one...

  • Abacus Galleries

    Now showing in the Abacus Gallery Stores located in Ogunquit, Kennebunkport and Boothbay Harbor.

  • The Framer's Workshop

    Showing various works at the Framer's Workshop.


Showing at


We are showing in a number of places. You can purchase our prints in the Abacus Galleries located in Ogunquit, Kennebunkport and Boothbay Harbor. The Whitney Galleries located in Wells, ME is showing large framed canvases and prints through to the end of this year. And we’re also showing at the Framer’s Workshop also located in Wells, ME.


Store


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You can purchase any of the images on this site through our online store. For example, if you prefer just a print or a canvas only, that option is available. If, however, you are looking for a gallery wrapped canvas on stretcher frame, this too, can be purchased here online. And lastly, for both paper prints and stretched canvasses these can be available with frames, too. We have a limited selection, but one that we suspect you will appreciate. Just click on the image to enter the store.



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I am an early riser, and before the sun has a chance to reveal itself above the horizon I like to capture the oncoming light falling on the coastline. By sunset, I am most likely at another location. In between, I am editing my shots, meeting with my printer, working with the galleries that carry my work and am also busy making my many cups of hot tea.

If you have a favorite image that requires a custom size, please feel free to contact me directly using the form on this page, or if you feel so inclined you can call me at the number listed below. I am happy to hear from you from sun-up to sun-down.

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I am an early riser, and before the sun has a chance to reveal itself above the horizon I like to capture the oncoming light falling on the coastline. By sunset, I am most likely at another location. In between, I am editing my shots, meeting with my printer, working with the galleries that carry my work and am also busy making my many cups of hot tea.

If you have a favorite image that requires a custom size, please feel free to contact me directly using the form on this page, or if you feel so inclined you can call me at the number listed below. I am happy to hear from you from sun-up to sun-down.

Thank you for stopping by!
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