Photographs by Frank

10 November 2022

Two New Cuprotypes

It has been three weeks since my last post. I figured that I ought to post something… anything. So here goes!!!

November is often a slow month for me photographically. The landscape is dreary gray and brown. The odes are done for the season. However, I have made exposures on four days since my last post. I just hadn’t found time to write here.

One of the ‘distractions’ has been some more cuprotype experiments. However, a couple of days ago, I decided that it is time to stop doing experiments and, instead, to make some ‘art’.

Yesterday evening I printed two negatives using exposures I made about a week ago. This morning I printed these negatives as cuprotypes. My intent was to tone both prints with the iron (II/III) toner that yields an interesting blue-black print. However, I decided that I liked the cemetery gate image as the native brick-red. Thus, I did not tone this print further. One need to be flexible when making art!

These images are both 6×7.5 inches on 8×10 inch paper. The gravestones are on Legion Lenox 100 paper and the gate is on Rives Heavyweight paper.

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Gravestones (Harrisville, NH)
Gravestones (Harrisville, NH)
Cemetery Gate (Nelson, NH)
Cemetery Gate (Nelson, NH)

15 August 2022

Nothing Precious

Filed under: Alternative Processes,Cuprotype — Tags: — Frank @ 9:00 PM

I spent Saturday experimenting with a newly rediscovered and modified process for making prints.

The Obernetter process, first described in the 1860s, uses iron and copper* to make brick-red images on paper. The pigment produced by this process is, most likely, Hatchett’s Brown (i.e. Cu(II) Ferrocyanide).

Several years ago, this process was updated by Jim Patterson (see: https://www.darkroomdoc.com/post/cuprotype).

A couple of weeks ago, Jan de Young posted on PhoTrio.com the results of an ‘out there’ experiment involving the reuse of used photographic fixer to make a print from a negative. Initially, I (and others) thought that Jan’s process was a variant of Van Dyke brown printing.

One thing lead to another and another fellow, Niranjan Patel (whom I have never met but that I feel I know well from his presence on various alt photo sites) posted to the altphoto email list, his take on these processes. Niranjan made the key discovery that silver (from the spent fixer) plays no role in this process and thus these images are not at all related to Van Dyke brown prints but rather are more accurately described as cuprotypes (i.e. copper-based images).

I won’t bore you with the technical details as I have posted them to the altphoto email discussion cited above. However, here are three examples on three different papers.

All three prints were made using the same chemistry. The reason for the different hues in final prints is unknown as yet. I’ll be trying a few more experiments in an attempt to understand these differences. However, given the vagaries of these alt processes we may never know.

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Cuprotype on Hahn. Platinum Rag paper (60 min exposure)
Cuprotype on Hahn. Platinum Rag paper (60 min exposure)
Cuprotype on Legion Lenox 100 paper (45 min. exposure)
Cuprotype on Legion Lenox 100 paper (45 min. exposure)
Cuprotype on Rives Heavyweight paper (45 min. exposure)
Cuprotype on Rives Heavyweight paper (45 min. exposure)

* Thus the title of this post… nothing precious as in no precious metals (e.g. silver, gold, platinum or palladium)!

30 June 2022

Monhegan Island – Surf

Filed under: Landscapes — Tags: — Frank @ 4:00 PM

Where ocean meets land there is surf. Islands are well endowed with surf watching opportunities. I took advantage of those opportunities and made many, many photos of the surf over the week we visited Monhegan Island.

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Monhegan Surf #1
Monhegan Surf #1
Monhegan Surf #2
Monhegan Surf #2
Monhegan Surf #3
Monhegan Surf #3
Monhegan Surf #4
Monhegan Surf #4
Monhegan Surf #5
Monhegan Surf #5
Monhegan Surf #6
Monhegan Surf #6
Monhegan Surf #7
Monhegan Surf #7
Monhegan Surf #8
Monhegan Surf #8
Monhegan Surf #9
Monhegan Surf #9
Monhegan Surf #10
Monhegan Surf #10
Monhegan Surf #11
Monhegan Surf #11
Monhegan Surf #12
Monhegan Surf #12
Monhegan Surf #13
Monhegan Surf #13
Monhegan Surf #14
Monhegan Surf #14
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Surf From Above #1
Surf From Above #1
Surf From Above #2
Surf From Above #2
Surf From Above #3
Surf From Above #3
Surf From Above #4
Surf From Above #4
Surf From Above #5
Surf From Above #5

28 June 2022

Monhegan Island – The Shoreline

Filed under: Landscapes — Tags: — Frank @ 11:00 PM

During our week on Monhegan, we hiked most of the trails in the conserved ‘wild’ section of the island which is owned and managed by the Monhegan Associates, a private land trust. This is not difficult to do as the island is less than two miles long and less than a mile at its widest. There are a total of eleven miles of trails (trail map as a pdf file).

In doing this we saw essentially all of the shoreline. All of the shore is rocky and most of it is very steep. There are several headlands where the cliffs drop directly into the water.

Again, I made many (too many?) photographs of the shore line from many different vantage points. Here is a baker’s dozen that it hopefully varied enough to hold your attention.

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Gull Rock, detail (Monhegan Island)
Gull Rock, detail (Monhegan Island)
Whitehead from Burnt Head (Monhegan Island)
Whitehead from Burnt Head (Monhegan Island)
Whitehead from Gull Rock (Monhegan Island)
Whitehead from Gull Rock (Monhegan Island)
Monhegan Island Shoreline #1
Monhegan Island Shoreline #1
Gull Rock from Burnt Head (Monhegan Island)
Gull Rock from Burnt Head (Monhegan Island)
Monhegan Island Shoreline #2
Monhegan Island Shoreline #2
Black Head (Monhegan Island)
Black Head (Monhegan Island)
Monhegan Island Shoreline #3
Monhegan Island Shoreline #3
Monhegan Island Shoreline #4
Monhegan Island Shoreline #4
Monhegan Island Shoreline #5
Monhegan Island Shoreline #5
Monhegan Island Shoreline #6
Monhegan Island Shoreline #6
Monhegan Island Shoreline #7
Monhegan Island Shoreline #7

27 April 2022

Harrisville Details

Yesterday morning I picked up my last load of compost for the season. This final load was destined for Joan’s cousin Suzy who lives near our abode. Since I had no fixed schedule, I meandered vaguely in the direction of home. Of course, I had my camera with me.

As I drove, I noticed the nice texture (at least in some directions) in the clouds and went in search of a foreground for the interesting clouds. I ended up at Halfmoon Pond in Hancock, near the Harrisville border (see the first photo, below). The textured clouds did not last long. The overcast built steadily and it began to drizzle.

Knowing that Joan had to make a trip to Harrisville Designs, and with the lunchtime approaching, I called Joan and arranged to meet her at the General Store for lunch. After lunch Joan headed to the yarn pushers for what she needed and I wandered about the village to make photographs.

Harrisville, NH is a quaint, well preserved old mill town. It is among my favorite places to make photos. Since the weather was not suitable for grand landscapes (think low, thick overcast and intermittent drizzle), I concentrated on the details.

It was almost 5PM before I got the compost delivered.

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Halfmoon Pond (Hancock, NH)
Halfmoon Pond (Hancock, NH)
Barn (Dublin, NH)
Barn (Dublin, NH)
Shagbark
Shagbark
Nubanusit Brook
Nubanusit Brook
Trilium
Trilium
Chalkboard Wisdom
Chalkboard Wisdom
Church Detail #1
Church Detail #1
Church Detail #2
Church Detail #2
Millwork Remnant
Millwork Remnant
Cupola with Bell
Cupola with Bell
Mill Buildings
Mill Buildings
Room With A View?
Room With A View?
Brickwork
Brickwork
Daffodils
Daffodils
Headstone Trio
Headstone Trio
Steeple
Steeple
Veteran Marker
Veteran Marker
Be Happy
Be Happy
Harrisville Reflection
Harrisville Reflection

9 October 2021

River of No Return/Frank Church Wilderness Raft Trip

Filed under: Autumn,Landscapes,Road Trips — Tags: — Frank @ 10:34 PM

Joan and I returned from a month long road trip yesterday (Friday) afternoon. We left two days after Labor Day and made more-or-less a beeline for Salmon, Idaho.

We made overnight stops in western New York, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Wyoming and central Montana. The last day of the outbound leg, we made a brief stop at Joan’s brothers house in western Montana to drop off our camper before proceeding to meet the folks we would be rafting with in Salmon.

The river we ran is the main stem of the Salmon River. This stretch of the river is also sometimes called the River of No Return* and runs through the Frank Church Wilderness which is the largest wilderness area in the lower forty eight states. We were on the river for six days/five nights. The boats were oared rubber rafts and inflatable kayaks.

Our truck was shuttled to the takeout and after we got off the river, we headed back to Hamilton, MT where we had left the camper. We spent a few days visiting Joan’s brother and sister-in-law before beginning our meander back east. (More on rest of of the trip in subsequent posts.)

Of course, I made a few photographs along the way!

The first batch shown below are photos I made while we were in camp… usually before breakfast or in the late afternoon/early evening before dinner. They were made with my main (dSLR) camera.

The second batch of photos are those made during the day (either at lunch stops or while on the river) using a small fixed (wide angle) lens camera.

As the regulars know, my landscape work in mostly black and white and thus the large majority of these photos are of that ilk.

However, I have snuck a few (three, to be exact) color photos in at the end of the first batch. Not even I would try to photograph a rainbow in black and white!!! As for the last photo (made early on our last morning on the river), the sky was just to luscious in color to convert.

So without further ado…

Batch 1 —

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Salmon River Trip #1
Salmon River Trip #1
Salmon River Trip #2
Salmon River Trip #2
Salmon River Trip #3
Salmon River Trip #3
Salmon River Trip #4
Salmon River Trip #4
Salmon River Trip #5
Salmon River Trip #5
Salmon River Trip #6
Salmon River Trip #6
Salmon River Trip #7
Salmon River Trip #7
Salmon River Trip #8
Salmon River Trip #8
Salmon River Trip #9
Salmon River Trip #9
Salmon River Trip #10
Salmon River Trip #10
Salmon River Trip #11
Salmon River Trip #11
Salmon River Trip #12
Salmon River Trip #12
Salmon River Trip #13
Salmon River Trip #13
Salmon River Trip #14
Salmon River Trip #14
Salmon River Trip #15
Salmon River Trip #15

Batch 2 —

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Salmon River Trip #16
Salmon River Trip #16
Salmon River Trip #17
Salmon River Trip #17
Salmon River Trip #18
Salmon River Trip #18
Salmon River Trip #19
Salmon River Trip #19
Salmon River Trip #20
Salmon River Trip #20
Salmon River Trip #21
Salmon River Trip #21
Salmon River Trip #22
Salmon River Trip #22
Salmon River Trip #23
Salmon River Trip #23
Salmon River Trip #24
Salmon River Trip #24
Salmon River Trip #25
Salmon River Trip #25
Salmon River Trip #26
Salmon River Trip #26
Salmon River Trip #27
Salmon River Trip #27
Salmon River Trip #28
Salmon River Trip #28
Salmon River Trip #29
Salmon River Trip #29

* This name is not as bad as it sounds. Early settlers (ranchers and miners, in the main) would build boats in Salmon (and up river) and then float the river to their camps. Upon arrival the boats would be dismantled and the (valuable) lumber used for other projects. Thus, is was boats that did not return not people.

13 June 2021

On the Trip Home

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Summer — Tags: , , — Frank @ 10:34 PM

This morning, I headed to Brattleboro to see what was up at the Vermont Center for Photography’s “tag sale’. Not that I need much in the way of ‘photo junk’, but I like to support the VCP and can always find something that will be useful. I came away with a few books, some mats and developing trays.

On the way home, I meandered and made some photographs. I made a few with the camera obscura but mostly, I made infrared (IR) photographs. It was a bright sunny middle of the day… good for IR landscapes and not much else.

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Town Hall, Chesterfield, NH (camera obscura)
Town Hall, Chesterfield, NH (camera obscura)
Mount Monadnock (Camera Obscura)
Mount Monadnock (Camera Obscura)
Mount Monadnock (IR)
Mount Monadnock (IR)
Mount Monadnock & Pasture (IR)
Mount Monadnock & Pasture (IR)
Mount Monadnock & Newly Mowed Hayfield (IR)
Mount Monadnock & Newly Mowed Hayfield (IR)
Harrisville Mill Building #1 (IR)
Harrisville Mill Building #1 (IR)
Harrisville Mill Building #2 (IR)
Harrisville Mill Building #2 (IR)
Lake Skatutakee (IR)
Lake Skatutakee (IR)

18 May 2021

More IR Landscapes

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Spring — Tags: , — Frank @ 9:30 PM

This morning, while running errands, I stopped at a few of my favorite ‘photo spots’ and made some infrared (IR) photos.

IR is a good way to keep photographers entertained. One can make interesting IR landscapes at mid-day on bright sunny days. That is, at times and under conditions where ‘normal’ photos are generally uninteresting.

These photographs were made in the hour surrounding noon under partly sunny skies. I was thoroughly entertained. I hope you are too!

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Hedgehog Mountain (IR)
Hedgehog Mountain (IR)
Contoocook River from the 2nd NH Turnpike Bridge
Contoocook River from the 2nd NH Turnpike Bridge
Contoocook River Near the Papermill
Contoocook River Near the Papermill

1 April 2021

Reflections on the End of Winter

Filed under: Landscapes,March,Monadnock Region — Tags: — Frank @ 5:00 PM

Made on my wanderings over the past ten days.

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End of Winter Reflection #1
End of Winter Reflection #1
End of Winter Reflection #2
End of Winter Reflection #2
End of Winter Reflection #3
End of Winter Reflection #3

25 November 2020

Our Magnificent Planet

Filed under: Landscapes — Tags: — Frank @ 9:30 PM

Back in February I submitted five photographs to be considered for inclusion in a book titled “Our Magnificent Planet 2020” to be published by the folks at LensWork. The deadline for submission was the end of May.

In early July I was notified that one of my photos had been selected for inclusion in this book. About 3,700 photos were submitted and 300 were printed in the book.

This morning the book arrived on my doorstep and I finally found out which of my five submissions had been selected!

Of course, I could have asked which photo had been selected earlier in the process, as did my friend Joe Sack who also had a photo included in the book. However, I like surprises so I simply waited!

The five photos I submitted are shown below; “Ashuelot River in Autumn” was selected for publication.

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Beard Brook in Autumn
Beard Brook in Autumn
Ashuelot River in Autumn
Ashuelot River in Autumn
View From the River - Grand Canyon
View From the River - Grand Canyon
North Atlantic Sunset #2
North Atlantic Sunset #2
Cape d'Or Lighthouse, NS
Cape d'Or Lighthouse, NS
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