Print of the Month March 2010

206 Longs Peak

206 Longs Peak

At an elevation of 14, 259 ft. above sea level, Longs Peak is one of fifty-four peaks above 14,000ft in Colorado. It is the only “fourteener” in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was named after Army Major Stephen Long, who received orders from President James Madison to explore the area.

Today, there are a number of trails that will lead you to the summit of Longs Peak. Technical climbing skills are not required in the summer season, which is only about 45 days long. Beyond that time frame ice formations begin to appear and can cause treacherous conditions for the inexperienced and ill equipped. If you prefer to hike instead of climb you may prefer to explore Peacock Pool and Chasm Lake by way of the more popular and well maintained trails.

I chose this view of Longs Peak for a several reasons. There are a number of natural props that together will lead your eye across the rolling plains, to the sunlit summit. The rock in the lower left acts as an arrow to direct you toward the center. The side lit tree on the right along with the rock guides you across the textured plains and the height of the tree reaches toward the summit. The cloud in the upper left appears as an extension of the mountain range, and also highlights Longs Peak.

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.

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