Print of the Month November 2007

082 Little River #3

082 Little River #3

Little River # 3

The Smoky Mountains offer many photographic opportunities. They include florals, abstracts, waterfalls, beautiful dogwood trees, historic architecture and , many miles of rivers.

Making photographs of moving water can be a challenge in a number of ways, and several decisions need to be made in advance of making the exposure. In addition to considering the overall composition, foreground, placement of the water, rocks and trees, the photographer needs to also consider how the water is to look. Silky smooth or sharp enough to capture every detail and drop of water moving through the air.

In the case of this image made of the Little River, I choose to make the water smooth but it was also important to maintain detail even in the lightest areas of the flowing water.

Higher water levels and faster flow rates require faster shutter speeds. I have found ¼ second or longer will usually prove suitable. For this exposure I was cautious to maintain enough depth of field at f-22. A slight lens tilt was required to maintain sharpness in the foreground rock. Metering the shadows across the river required a 1 second exposure and gave me a very nice flow to the water.

I was particularly drawn to this location as a composition because of the abstract shapes of the background rock formations. I positioned the camera to place the larger rock in the foreground, which leads the viewer into the photograph, across the white water to the darker background. While studying the scene and viewing it through my viewing card, two forms of contrast became apparent. The first and most obvious is that of light tones of the water and the darker background. The softness of the water and the hard sharp shapes found in the background is not so obvious.

The T-max –100 film was processed normal.

The 5 x 7 inch negatives were developed in D-76 1:1.


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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