Photographs by Frank

7 March 2022

Last Embrace of Winter (Maybe?… Hopefully?…)

Filed under: Early Spring,Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Frank @ 4:00 PM

On Saturday afternoon, I took a walk up the unmaintained section of our road. Given the weather forecast, I figured that it might be the last time this season for wintry photos.

The forecast from Saturday turned out to be pretty accurate. The high yesterday (Sunday) was almost sixty degrees and barely dropped into the 40s overnight. There was a lot of bare ground showing this morning. Today’s rain (which started about noon) is making quick work of the remaining snow.

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Last Embrace of Winter #1
Last Embrace of Winter #1
Last Embrace of Winter #2
Last Embrace of Winter #2
Last Embrace of Winter #3
Last Embrace of Winter #3
Last Embrace of Winter #4
Last Embrace of Winter #4
Last Embrace of Winter #5
Last Embrace of Winter #5
Last Embrace of Winter #6
Last Embrace of Winter #6
Last Embrace of Winter #7
Last Embrace of Winter #7
Last Embrace of Winter #8
Last Embrace of Winter #8
Last Embrace of Winter #9
Last Embrace of Winter #9

27 February 2022

Hovenweep National Monument – A Folio

Filed under: Alternative Processes,Landscapes,Pt/Pd Prints,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:00 PM

Back in October 2018, during our road trip to the Southwest, Joan and I made a stop at Hovenweep National Monument. This site, located near the Utah/Colorado border in southern Utah, preserves several ancestral Puebloan villages that were inhabited by groups related to those who lived at the better-known sites in what is now known as Mesa Verde National Park.

Hovenweep is a quiet, peaceful place compared to much-visited Mesa Verde.

Back in January I selected ten of the exposures I made at the Square Tower site in Hoveweep and prepared digital negatives from these files with the intent to make platinum/palladium prints.

As is my habit these days, I initially made small (4×5 inch) negatives/prints to work out the adjustments (mainly dodging and burning) necessary to make a good print. Once I have a small print that looks good to my eye, I then print a larger negative (usually for an image that is 7.5 inches on the long side) and print that on 8×10 inch paper.

Last week, I spent roughly twelve hours (in two sessions) making the ten final prints that are shown below.

My original intent was to place the ‘bare’ prints in a folder with an appropriate title page and colophon. However, making prints that are precisely placed on the paper and that do not have any extraneous marks on the sheet has proved to be difficult. Thus, I am having second thoughts about that presentation and may end up mounting and matting all of the prints to 11×14 inches and placing them in a traditional print box.

As is often the case, the scans do not do full justice to the original prints.

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01-of-10
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03-of-10
03-of-10
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10-of-10
10-of-10

19 February 2022

Progress

Filed under: Misc. — Frank @ 10:00 PM

My late father-in-law, Winslow Caughey, was an enthusiastic amateur photographer. He enjoyed making photographs of his grandchildren and other visitors as well as the Rocky Mountain landscape. He generally shot slide film and would occasionally have prints made from the slides.

The photograph shown below, which Winslow titled “Progress”, was one of those that he had made as a large print. That print now hangs in Joan’s brother George’s house. We thought that the original slide had been lost and thus print was unique.

However, I recently spent a few cold winter evenings going through the slides we saved when Winslow died and lo-and-behold, I found the original slide which I promptly scanned so that it is saved for posterity.

I have not yet made a print, but I intend to do so and to find a place to hang it in the house. It is a witty photo that deserves to be seen. So here it is…

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Progress by WSC
Progress by WSC

The Stones

Filed under: Misc.,Still Life — Frank @ 9:30 PM

I have a habit of collecting smooth stones as I wend my way through life. I picked up the stones shown here on the shores of Lakes Superior and Huron near the end of our trip this past fall. They have been sitting in a pile the garage since we arrived back home waiting to be photographed some day.

Today was that day. The weather was lousy this afternoon (snow squalls and cold) but the basement was warm since we started up the wood stove this morning. Thus, I spent some time playing with my rock pile.

The grid of stones is a composite. I photographed each rock individually and combined the images in Photoshop. It is easier to get consistent light across each stone that way. The stones are all small… roughly the size of quarter to a half-dollar.

Some of the stones used for the stacks are a bit larger, but none of the stacks is taller than about six or seven inches.

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The Stones #1
The Stones #1
The Stones #2
The Stones #2
The Stones #3
The Stones #3
The Stones #4
The Stones #4
The Stones #5
The Stones #5

Out and About

Filed under: Misc.,Winter — Frank @ 9:00 PM

The middle of the winter is always a slow time for my photography but I usually take a camera with me when I leave the house just in case. The six photos shown here were made during the past three weeks while “out and about”.

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Untitled #1
Untitled #1
Untitled #2
Untitled #2
Untitled #3
Untitled #3
Untitled #4
Untitled #4
Untitled #5
Untitled #5
Ragged
Ragged

25 January 2022

More Pt/Pd Prints

Filed under: Alternative Processes,Pt/Pd Prints — Frank @ 9:00 PM

I have been ‘mining’ my archive for photos that I think will look good as platinum/palladium prints.

The first photo below, an industrial building on the shore of Lake Michigan was made in 2007 while I was on sabbatical in Milwaukee.

The botanical photo was made in 2010 according to the data the camera recorded. I have no recollection of where it was made.

The reflection photo was made on Star Island in 2017.

The photo of the Goodell Mill building is the newest of the bunch. The exposure was made in 2019 using my camera obscura.

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01_industrial
01_industrial
02_botanical
02_botanical
03_reflection
03_reflection
04_goodell-mill
04_goodell-mill

13 January 2022

Greetings From Brattleboro, VT

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes,Misc.,Winter — Frank @ 11:30 PM

This afternoon, I made a visit to the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro to see the members exhibition. I have two prints in the show.

After I finished taking in the exhibit, I took a walk around downtown with camera in hand.

There were few people around even though it was quite mild. The temperature was right around freezing. I’m not much of a “people photographer anyway. However, I found plenty of other things to photograph.

This is probably not the impression of Brattleboro that the Chamber of Commerce would like one to have… but here it is!

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Greetings
Greetings
Three Windows (The Old VCP)
Three Windows (The Old VCP)
Functional Fun/Cheap Thrills
Functional Fun/Cheap Thrills
Poetry
Poetry
Window/Vines
Window/Vines
Sushi
Sushi
Untitled
Untitled
Ghost Window
Ghost Window
View from the Top (of the garage)
View from the Top (of the garage)

Once I warmed up my visual sensibility, as I often do, I saw interesting details everywhere.

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Untitled #1
Untitled #1
Untiled #2
Untiled #2
Untiled #3
Untiled #3
Untiled #4
Untiled #4
Untiled #5
Untiled #5
Untiled #6
Untiled #6
Untiled #7
Untiled #7
Untiled #8
Untiled #8
Untiled #9
Untiled #9
Untiled #10
Untiled #10
Vine #1
Vine #1
Vine #2
Vine #2
Untiled #11
Untiled #11
(Tri)Angles
(Tri)Angles

The alley way that runs behind the buildings on the east (river) side of Main Street is, most definitely, not what most visitors see of Brattleboro. It is interesting none-the-less.

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No War But...
No War But...
Bogus Lives
Bogus Lives
Growth
Growth
EGKO?
EGKO?
Alien
Alien
Peace
Peace
Found You
Found You
More Trouble
More Trouble
Love
Love
Sell Out
Sell Out
Soul Tramp
Soul Tramp
Feeling Free
Feeling Free

11 January 2022

More Pt/Pd Prints

Filed under: Alternative Processes,Pt/Pd Prints — Frank @ 8:45 PM

I have spent two more days in my dim room (i.e. the basement) making platinum/palladium (Pt/Pd) prints.

I have the wood stove cranked up so the basement is a good place to spend a couple of very cold days. It was 6 deg F below zero when I got up this morning. The high today was 6 above zero. It is -2 deg F as I write this about 8:30 in the evening. Brrrr!

All of these are small “draft” prints (4×5 inch images on 5x7ish Lenox 100 paper). I will eventually make larger prints (6×7.5 inch images on 8×10 inch paper) of all or most of these.

As with all alternative process prints, the scans are barely adequate facsimiles. One really needs to hold the actual object in ones hand to get the full effect.

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Skull
Skull
Ruin (Hovenweep National Monument, AZ)
Ruin (Hovenweep National Monument, AZ)
Bison (Yellowstone NP)
Bison (Yellowstone NP)
Beaver Lodge
Beaver Lodge
Headland, Cape Breton Island, NS
Headland, Cape Breton Island, NS

2 January 2022

First Finished Pt/Pd Prints

Filed under: Alternative Processes,Pt/Pd Prints — Frank @ 1:00 PM

Since my last post about platinum/palladium prints (one week ago), I have spent two full days and one partial day in the basement ‘perfecting’ (are things ever perfect?) my Pt/Pd process. I have learned a lot but I won’t bore you with the technical details.

Here are four finished prints. All either 4×5 inches or 4.5 inches square on 5×7 inch Lenox 100 paper. I have made larger (6×7.5 inch images on 8×10 inch paper) versions of the first two as well.

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Coquina Lake (Idaho)
Coquina Lake (Idaho)
Church Window/Stairs
Church Window/Stairs
Flag/Shovel/Window
Flag/Shovel/Window
Barn (Chichester, NH) (with the camera obscura)
Barn (Chichester, NH) (with the camera obscura)

1 January 2022

Adams Dozen – 2021 Edition

Filed under: Adams Dozen — Frank @ 7:00 PM

Back at the end of 2011, I started a tradition of posting twelve photographs made during the year, see that post for a further explanation of the idea. I seem to have missed a post about my ‘Adams Dozen” for 2012, but here are all of the subsequent posts.

Anyway, here is my “Adams Dozen” for 2021:

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A Short Story (Jan 2021)
A Short Story (Jan 2021)
Canterbury Center, NH (April 2021, with the camera obscura)
Canterbury Center, NH (April 2021, with the camera obscura)
Feeding Time - Loons (June 2021)
Feeding Time - Loons (June 2021)
Widow Skimmer (female) (July 2021)
Widow Skimmer (female) (July 2021)
Untiled (Orange and White) (August 2021)
Untiled (Orange and White) (August 2021)
Salmon River (Frank Church/River of No Return Wilderness, September 2021)
Salmon River (Frank Church/River of No Return Wilderness, September 2021)
Early Morning on the River (September 2021)
Early Morning on the River (September 2021)
Elk Bugling (CW Russell NWR, MT) (September 2021)
Elk Bugling (CW Russell NWR, MT) (September 2021)
Prarie Dog (Teddy Roosvelt NP, ND) (September 2021)
Prarie Dog (Teddy Roosvelt NP, ND) (September 2021)
Lake Superior Shore / Stones (October 2021)
Lake Superior Shore / Stones (October 2021)
Quaker Street Welcoming Committee (November 2021)
Quaker Street Welcoming Committee (November 2021)
Ragged Old Glory (December 2021)
Ragged Old Glory (December 2021)

For the those keeping track of such things. My Lightroom catalog says that I made 12,936 exposures in 2021, including 2,719 made on our five week trip in September and October. This is number is very close to my average of 12,157 exposures per year since 2013, the first full year that I used Lightroom.

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