Photographs by Frank

11 November 2018

Photographic Folios

Filed under: Landscapes — Tags: — Frank @ 12:00 AM

One of the definitions of the word “folio” is “an individual leaf of paper or parchment”.

Brooks Jensen, the editor/publisher of Lenswork, has written about the idea of photographic folios*, an unbound collection of small prints wrapped up in an elegant folder.

In the past, I have made folios consisting of 5″x 7″ prints printed on half of a letter-sized sheet of paper and wrapped up in a home-made cover folded from a single sheet of heavy, decorative paper. These were quite economical to produce and I was quite satisfied with the final product. However, I did feel that margins allowed in this format were somewhat skimpy and thus the images felt a bit cramped. (I don’t believe that I wrote about these earlier efforts so I can’t point to a previous blog entry with more detailed information… sorry.)

In pondering what to do with some of my photographs from our recent trip to the southwest, I decided to revisit the idea of folios.

This time, I decided to use a full letter-sized sheet of paper for each print and to incorporate generous margins (three-quarters of an inch on top and one and three-quarters inches on the other three sides); the printed images are 7.5″x 6″. The end result has a much more luxurious feel than my earlier, smaller efforts.

When making an artifact that is meant to be handled, the materials used are much more important than, for instance, a photograph destined to be encased in a mat and frame and hung upon the wall. In the former case, the artifact has to feel nice when you pick it up! Thus, the paper used for printing is a critical part of the experience.

For this project, I decided to use nice heavy papers and to avoid papers that have a plastic-y feel. Of course, as with almost all of my prints, I only considered papers with a luster finish… not too shiny, but not completely matte either.

I ended up using a different paper for each of the two folios I have completed. For the first folio (titled “Canyon Light”) I used Canson Baryta Photographique (310 g/sq. meter and alpha-cellulose based). For the second folio (“Puebloan Ruins”) I used Epson Legacy Platine (314 g/ sq. meter and cotton rag based). Both papers worked well, but the Epson paper, because of its cotton rag base, does have a nicer, very soft feel when you hold a print.

In addition to the prints, the other, equally important component of a folio is the cover… first impressions are important! Although, I am usually a do-it-yourself kind of guy when it comes to things like this, for this project I decided to save some time and effort by purchasing folio covers from Dane Creek Folios. They are high quality and reasonably priced. Highly recommended.

Well enough about the presentation… what about the photographs!?

Thus far,, I have completed two folios each consisting of ten black and white images. The first folio (titled Canyon Light) contains photographs of the Grand Canyon from river-level. These were made during the ten days we spent rafting the river. The second folio (Puebloan Ruins) contains photographs of the ancient Native American ruins at a number of sites in the four-corners area.

Clicking on the title of each folio (above) with get you an electronic facsimile (as a pdf file) of the folio. These are, in my opinion, a poor substitute for the physical  object. You will have to come for a visit to see the real thing!


* He has even produced a DVD workshop about his approach to folios. However, I must confess that I have not seen this video.

10 November 2018

Random Photos

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Tags: , — Frank @ 10:07 PM

I often carry a camera with me as I go about my day-to-day activities. Sometimes I even activate the shutter release!

These photos were all made in the month or so since we returned from our road trip. During yesterday’s rain, I remembered to take the memory card out of the camera and see what had accumulated.

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11 October 2018

2018 Road Trip (Part 9) — Great Sand Dunes National Park

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:15 PM

Great Sand Dunes National Park in south central Colorado was the last “scenic” stop on our road trip.

We arrived in the late afternoon to interesting light on the dunes and made some good photos. The details in the windblown sand were as interesting to me as the epic landscape. The sun went behind some clouds on the horizon well before it set ending photography for the day. Such is life.

We camped for the night and hoped for nice light in the morning. Alas, this was not to be. However, we got an early start towards home!

These dunes are, simply said, fantastic… unreal. They scale is difficult to comprehend… there are some very tiny people in some of the frames. The first ridge of dunes (which is all one can see here) is 700 feet high.

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< Part 8

2018 Road Trip (Part 8) — Mesa Verde National Park

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:15 PM

Not much to say… Mesa Verde, in southwestern Colorado, is reputed to be “the site” for prehistoric Native American ruins. It lives up to its reputation. We spent a rainy morning in the museum. It was as interesting as any of the outdoor sites.

Color work —

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2018 Road Trip (Part 7) — Natural Bridges & Hovenweep National Monuments

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:15 PM

On the drive from Capitol Reef NP to Hovenweep National Monument we made a brief stop at Natural Bridges National Monument to view the sights from the rim. Between the altitudes and the knees, the steep hike to the bottom of the canyon for close up views of the bridges was not on the agenda.

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The drive from Capitol Reef in south central Utah to Hovenweep National Monument on the Utah- Colorado border passes through some of the most desolate and fantastic terrain I have even experienced, we did not stop to make any photographs… we were pressed for time and for places to safely pull the camper off the roadside. A return trip is certainly warranted.

The remote Hovenweep National Monument is well worth the trip to this out of the way spot. It is not as “built up” as the busier Mesa Verde National Park, The ruins are not as large or as extensive as in Mesa Verde but they are very accessible and interesting.

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2018 Road Trip (Part 6) — Capitol Reef National Park

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:14 PM

After the (photographically) tough conditions at Bryce, Capitol Reef National Park was a cake walk. The light (especially in the evening) was perfectly directed and the skies had wonderful clouds. In addition to driving the roads, we hiked in both of the accessible side canyons, Grand Wash and Capitol Gorge.

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2018 Road Trip (Part 5) — Bryce Canyon National Park

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:14 PM

Our next stop and our first in southern Utah was Bryce National Park. This park was tough for me photographically*. It was still an interesting place to see in person after seeing many, many photographs.

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* The light was harsh most of the time we were there and the light in much of the canyon (which was accessible without a long steep hike) faded early, well before sunset.


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2018 Road Trip (Part 4) — Sunset Crater & Wupatki National Monuments

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:14 PM

Heading north from Flagstaff after our raft trip, we did not go far (maybe twenty-five miles) before stopping at the two adjacent national monuments. Sunset Crater preserves some interested and geologically recent, volcanic features. The weather the morning we were there was drab and rainy… not very good for photography of dark lava, but it was interesting none-the-less. The weather improved as the day progressed and we moved on to Wupatki which preserves a number of early Native American ruins.

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2018 Road Trip (Part 3) — Grand Canyon Raft Trip

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:13 PM

The genesis of this road trip began about three years ago, when Bernice Lewis (a singer-songwriter from Williamstown, MA) mentioned at the end of a concert, that she was organizing a raft trip down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. We did not think twice before saying “Sign us up!”.

The trip had a musical flavor. We traveled with guitars, ukuleles and other makers of joyful noise. Music was made each evening and a few times at stops during the day. Songs were sung most of the time and more than a few verses of, mostly doggerel, lyrics were composed while floating the river.

The rafts, guides, etc. were provided by Arizona Rafting Adventures (AZRA) out of Flagstaff, AZ. The two rafts were large motorized craft. They accommodated 29 folks, including the guides, and everything we needed (or wanted) for ten days.

One thing the rafts were not… dry! We were damp (or soaked) for most of the day while on the river. All part of the adventure!

Our guides (Jeb, Dennis, Kelly and Bert) kept us safe. entertained. educated and well fed. Thank you all.

The service provided by AZRA and our guides was first-rate. Highly recommended.

During they day, while on the water, I made relatively few photographs. The light was poor (harsh and high) and my little cameras batteries gave out some time on day four. Most of my “river photos” were made in camp, either early-ish in the morning or late in the afternoon, as we made camp for the night. The real “golden hour” light (just after sunrise or just before sunset) that landscape photographers love never reaches to the river st the bottom of a canyon. Although I knew this going in, it still took some getting used to when actually there at the bottom of the canyon.

I was most interested in making photographs showing the river in the main canyon…

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Some days, we made mid-day stops to hike side canyons…

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Sometimes the light at the “local rim” was too interesting to pass up…

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Here are some photos I made while actually on the rafts….

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Even though the colors in the canyon border on fantastical, I made some black and white photos…

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2018 Road Trip (Part 2) — North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:13 PM

While we were at the North Rim, we camped at the Demotte Campground, a nice quiet spot, in Kaibab National Forest, about 20 miles north of the park entrance. Most mornings we headed into the park early and stayed until the light faded. One day we explored the rim overlooks accessible via the National Forest roads.

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