Print of the Month January 2006

018 Frozen Lake and Weeds

                                                                                 Frozen Lake and Snow Reeds


This photograph was made in the Colorado Rockies while hiking to Dream Lake.

As I passed the smaller Nymph Lake I noticed freshly fallen snow on the reeds along the shore. It’s so exciting to see a potential photograph. Exploring further and looking through my viewing card I began to isolate some of the ice patterns in the lake.

Setting up my 5 x 7 inch Deardorf view camera was done quickly in the thin cold air. I attached the 450mm Nikor lens with caution as I balance precariously on sections of a wet frozen log and thin ice. The bellows was fully extended and the camera tilted severely in a downward direction complicating my balance. I selected a small section of the lake for my composition. The patterns and shapes in the ice were fascinating. The meter readings indicated a difference of only 3 stops between the dark shadows and the highlights of the snow. I made a note that I would need to add development time to this negative adding overall contrast.

Exposure was f-64 for 10 seconds. No filter was used. Development was plus 2.

Printing this negative requires additional dodging and burning to selected areas to bring out the details and hold the delicate detail in the snow.


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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.

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Prints are limited to 50 per edition.

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