Print of the Month July 2010

183 Clouds Over Moran

183 Clouds Over Moran

The Grand Teton, with its impressive jagged peaks and elevation of 13,770 is typically the focal point for those traveling through Grand Teton National Park. If you enter the park from the north your view is dominated by the majestic Mt. Moran, which stands alone giving you the impression it’s the Grand Teton. Mt. Moran is identified by its flat top uncommon for a mountain range. Travelers will often use Grand Teton National Park as a drive- through on the route to Yellowstone or Jackson Hole. But, when it comes to awe inspiring views, photographic opportunities and serene natural areas the Grand Teton National Park gets my vote. There are plenty of photographic opportunities, and areas of solitude to explore in this magnificent area.

Autumn is my preferred time of the year to photograph landscapes.   The skies tend to be more dramatic and can change rapidly throughout the day. Be prepared for all types of weather while in the field. Storms can occur unexpectedly in the late afternoon so you may want to start your day early. Keep in mind nature can look best after a storm.

This photograph of Mt. Moran was taken late afternoon, as dark clouds started to roll in. Fortunately, sunlit skies nearby indicated we may not need cover. The contrast between the low-lying dark storm clouds and sunlit clouds added dramatic interest to the scene. In this composition I included the tree line in the foreground to add depth in the image. I chose a square crop to emphasize the cloud formations and to provide an abstract view of a realistic landscape scene. If you find your location offers a clear sky, it is unusually worth the wait to allow for the inclusion of clouds. They can add a certain mood and depth to your photograph, along with necessary highlights and shadows in your landscape.

Last month, Ansel Adam’s mural “Clearing Storm” sold at auction for a record breaking $ 722,500. This silver gelatin print of a scene in Yosemite was estimated to sell at a price between $ 300,000 to $500,000.   Should you choose to research “Clearing Storm”, you’ll notice the impact the cloud formations create in this winter scene. As you compare my photograph of Clouds Over Moran with that of Adams’ “Clearing Storm”, you may notice some similarities in the composition, inclusion of dramatic clouds and use of the landscape in the foreground. However, as you compare the price, you’ll notice no similarities whatsoever for members in my Print of the Month Club.

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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