Print of the Month May 2006

021 Fressia

021 Fressia

Two Freesia

“Two Freesia” was made in my studio a few years ago. It has been a very popular print especially in the 8 x 10 size. Although I have supplied a few very large prints from this negative to several collectors. It looks great in a 24” x 24” print.

I used my 4 x 5inch Wisner View Camera to make this negative which allowed for a very shallow depth of field. I did use a slight tilt of front lens which, as you know can create great depth of field but the opposite tilt will throw much of the image out of focus.

Now I needed to determine the exposure.

I place a White Lightning strobe behind the flowers and another in the front of them. The front strobe was place in a 24” x 36” soft-box. I metered this strobe with an incident meter and set the power at f-8. I set the back light at f-8.5.

I used a white reflector to fill in the side of the these two beauties. Remember reflector fill won’t change your exposure.

The shutter was set to 1/125 of a second.

The negative is Kodak T-Max 100 and I developed it in T-max RS developer.

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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