Untold Stories: Rick Sammon
Rick Sammon

An Advertisementacclaimed nature and travel photographer, workshop leader, and longtime imaging guru, Rick Sammon is a Canon Explorer of Light who has captured compelling images of people, wildlife, and landscapes in more than 100 countries. On a recent trip to Papua, New Guinea he had the good fortune of participating in a “Sing-Sing,” an annual song and dance fest where members of indigenous clans take part with their faces painted in age-old patterns, clad in a brilliantly colored regalia of headdresses, beads and other traditional adornments.

“I photographed this imposing tribesman from a distance of 4-5 feet with my Canon EOS 1 Ds Mark III and 24-105mm f/4L lens,” recalls Sammon, “and holding the fill-flash off camera and composing the shot while swaying around in a crowd was definitely challenging. The lighting looks very natural but you can see the catch-lights in his eyes, and there is rich textural detail ranging all the way from the black-painted areas of his face to the whites in his headdress and beard—a huge brightness range and a rainbow of intense colors that are tough to capture in a print.”

“I used my Canon PIXMA PRO-10 to print this demanding image and others in this series,” says Sammon, “and I’m delighted with the results. The prints capture every nuance in exquisite detail, reproducing the full tonal range from the deepest shadows to the brightest highlights, plus the full spectrum of subtle color variations. This printer’s impressive speed is another big plus for me, especially when I’m turning out prints up to 13×19 inches. Also its rear tray accepts fiber-based art and glossy papers, and there’s even a manual slot to accommodate the thicker papers I use for special projects. With its user-friendly features, 10-cartridge ink set, and outstanding print quality the PIXMA PRO-10 definitely delivers the printing flexibility serious enthusiasts and working pros need.”