Lake Superior Sunrise

# 051 – Lake Superior Sunrise

Everyone was up early for the sunrise on the last day of our Lake Superior workshop.

Sue, one of the workshop attendees, and my son Kevin suggested exploring a view I had noticed yesterday along the coastline. The composition had looked promising but the lighting wasn’t right. Perhaps the morning sun would be an improvement.

The three of us began our hike with a short climb over a pile of large rocks. Boulders. Once we selected a location, secured our tripods and unloaded our backpacks, we began composing our images with mat board viewfinders. The centers are cut out of the boards to replicate the film format each person is using. I’ve have one for each 4×5 and 5×7(the 4×5 is the same as an 8×10). One can move the board closer for a wider angle or farther out for a more “telephoto” look to the image, and only then go through the time and effort to set up your camera and lens. You don’t want to waste time on the wrong scene, especially when the sun is rising or setting!

Fortunately the clouds were cooperating for us on this last sunrise of the workshop. I envisioned the scene with a large sky and a long, low horizontal composition featuring a gentle interplay of water and land formations.

Sue, Kevin and I each made a couple of exposures before moving higher on our pile of boulders. This higher elevation allowed us to see more of the water in between the lower lying rocks which added even more interest to the foreground, and this is the composition that would be featured as this Print of the Month.

After adding a yellow filter to my lens I calculated my exposure off of the darkest rocks in the right foreground. These rocks measured EV 10 which I placed on Zone 3. The exposure was f-32 at a ½ second, accounting for the yellow filter.


About the Print of the Month

The Print of the Month is a new print offered at an early-edition discount. Normal pricing must apply once the print is offered by a gallery.

The Print of the Month is a silver gelatin print, each one created by hand using traditional darkroom methods.

Prints are limited to 50 per edition.

Typically the Print of the Month is made from a T-Max 100 negative, which is processed in D-76 mixed 1:1.

Each fine art print is made by hand using Ilford-based double weight paper.

The prints are double fixed and selenium toned for longevity.  They are then washed in a vertical print washer to completely eliminate any residue.  Prints are carefully allowed to dry for two days.  Next, each print is mounted on museum quality archival mat boards with acid-free mounting tissue.  Although each print takes a considerable amount of time and meticulous effort, this archival printing and mounting process is the only way to ensure print permanence and collectability. Give it proper care and your print will last hundreds of years without fading.

My signature and the print number are visible on the mat, below the print.

The Print of the Month offers a 50% savings off the normal investment.



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