About the Artist

Hal Looney

I was born and raised in the midlands of South Carolina, graduated from Wofford College and received an MBA from USC following combat infantry duty in Vietnam.

After 30 years in the corporate world, I now devote full-time to wildlife and nature photography, and occasionally to portraiture. As a freelance photographer, I travel extensively in the U.S. and internationally to capture exceptional images, with the goal to share these experiences in remarkable wild places with others through my digital fine art photography.

I have had the privilege to work with some of America’s preeminent photographers and teachers. My images have been featured in solo and juried exhibits, regional and national print and web media, various galleries in the southeast, and private art collections. I often devote time and photo teaching skills to area conservancy and educational organizations.

Recently I have devoted considerable time and attention to fine art printing, both for my work, for other professional photographers and other artists. I have wide format Epson printers, pressure laminating systems and pneumatic stretcher capabilities. I can print and stretch up to 40×60+” canvases.

Roberta, my high school sweetheart and wife of 50 years, and I live in an Audubon Cooperative Community in Cedar Mountain, NC, close to the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, with nearby natural wonders and wildlife. Recently, we acquired a second home on Edisto Island, in the low country of South Carolina, amongst bird sanctuaries and unique and historical culture.

My Equipment:

I mainly use two Canon EOS bodies: the 12.5 fps 1dX w/full frame sensor; and the 1d Mark IV, 10.5 fps, crop sensor. I carry a wide range of fast Canon L lenses from super-telephoto to wide-angle, plus specialty lenses and accessories.

I use the Really Right Stuff Versa 3 tripod, RRS BH55 ball head, Wimberley’s Sidekick and Gimbal mounts, often with flash extenders. Backpacks and travel cases are mostly from Think Tank. I also utilize various polarizer and ND filters and Canon’s 500d close-up lens.

Inkjet printers are Epson’s 44” Stylus Pro 9900 and the 3880 Pro 17” models, in addition to smaller 13” models for card stock. I use ColorByte’s Image Print RIP for profiles and printer management, as well as Lightroom for odd work. For the majority of canvas prints, I favor Breathing Color “Lyve” with the “Timeless” coating applied with a Fuji compressed air system. Canvas stretching is done with the Gallery Stretcher 60” pneumatic system or by hand. Hahnemuhle papers and several Epson papers are favorites for traditional prints.

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