Photographs by Frank

15 May 2021

Landscapes in Infrared

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Spring — Tags: — Frank @ 10:15 PM

A bright sunny day, harsh light… what is a landscape photographer to do?

Make infrared (IR) photos of course!

Warning… photo talk ahead!

These photos are made by placing a filter* on the camera that blocks all but the longest wavelengths of light from getting to the sensor. Straight out of the camera the photos have a deep red color and very low contrast. Processing the files on the computer gives the results you see here.

Green foliage is very reflective in the IR and so it appears bright white in these photos. Water, on the other hand, efficiently absorbs IR light and thus can appear very dark.

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Untitled (IR)
Untitled (IR)
Weeping Willow (IR)
Weeping Willow (IR)
Contoocook River #1 (IR)
Contoocook River #1 (IR)
Contoocook River #2 (IR)
Contoocook River #2 (IR)
Farm Field (IR)
Farm Field (IR)
Farm Pond (IR)
Farm Pond (IR)
Bear Hill Farm (IR)
Bear Hill Farm (IR)

* Specifically, I used an ‘R72’ filter which blocks all light below 720 nm (a deep red color). The filter looks black. If you hold it up to the sky, you can barely make out the disk of the sun.

12 May 2021

Two Walks

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Spring,wildflowers — Frank @ 10:45 AM

These photos are from walks on two recent days. The trees are beginning to leaf out and the hobblebush is in full bloom, as are many other early spring wildflowers and the black flies!

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Hobblebush #1
Hobblebush #1
Hobblebush #2
Hobblebush #2
Hobblebush #3
Hobblebush #3
Hobblebush #4
Hobblebush #4
Balancing Rock
Balancing Rock
Beech Foot
Beech Foot
Beaver-work
Beaver-work
Hand Labor (Stone Wall)
Hand Labor (Stone Wall)

2 May 2021

Two Days Work

Filed under: Landscapes — Frank @ 10:00 PM

Friday morning I headed to Laconia to help my friends Joe and Diana with a printer problem. On the way home, after lunch, I stopped at the Canterbury Shaker Village and made a number of photographs in the rain.

Early Saturday morning, I made a few photographs on Meetinghouse Hill before picking up my friend Victor for the drive to Brattleboro. We had our the first in-person meeting of ‘Carry It In’ (CII) in some months. CII is a group of photo-friends that get together once a month to share prints and talk photography. We spent the winter Zooming, but it is just not the same as getting together in person. We met outside, it was cool and breezy but tolerable and much better than Zoom.

The last two photos in the group below were made on Saturday; all of the others are from Friday.

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Ossa de Arboribus #1
Ossa de Arboribus #1
Ossa de Arboribus #2
Ossa de Arboribus #2
Ossa de Arboribus #3
Ossa de Arboribus #3
Ossa de Arboribus #4
Ossa de Arboribus #4
Ossa de Arboribus #5
Ossa de Arboribus #5
Canterbury Center
Canterbury Center
Stone Labor
Stone Labor
Orchard Shed
Orchard Shed
Untitled #1
Untitled #1
Untitled #2
Untitled #2
Untitled #3
Untitled #3
Meeting House Hill #1
Meeting House Hill #1
Meeting House Hill #2
Meeting House Hill #2

25 April 2021

WPPD – 2021

Filed under: Landscapes,Pinhole Photography — Frank @ 6:00 PM

Today, is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day!

I celebrated by mounting a pinhole body cap on my dSLR and taking a drive to some of my favorite places to make photographs… Hillsborough Center, East Washington, Bradford Center and Washington.

One can only submit a single photo to the WPPD gallery. However, I can show a few more here!

Care to guess the one I submitted?

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Church, Hillsborough Center
Church, Hillsborough Center
Church and Graveyard, Bradford Center
Church and Graveyard, Bradford Center
Pound, Bradford Center
Pound, Bradford Center
Common, Washington, NH
Common, Washington, NH
Church, Hillsborough Center, NH
Church, Hillsborough Center, NH
Gazebo with Flag, Washington, NH
Gazebo with Flag, Washington, NH
March of the Flamingos
March of the Flamingos

19 April 2021

Dodging and Burning

Warning… photographer talk ahead!!!

Dodging and burning are terms that describe making local adjustments to a photograph during the making of a print. Dodging is the process of selectively lightening an area. Burning is the opposite; selective darkening.

In the days of yore, when working in the darkroom, dodging and burning were done one print at a time. One manipulated the light falling on the photographic paper as one exposed the print. Master printers were able to make these adjustments with a fair amount of precision, but there was always some print-to-print variability even with the best printers.

For the UV sensitive contact printing processes (e.g. cyanotype, salted-paper printing, et al.), dodging and burning were not practical for a number of reasons. The main one being that there is necessarily little space between the light source and the print. Thus one’s ability to see where you were attempting to dodge or burn was limited and thus imprecise.

Using digital negatives to make contact prints has changed all of this. By making adjustments to the digital file we can make very localized adjustments that are “frozen” when one make the digital negative. Thus, one gets the same adjustments in each print when one makes a contact print. Furthermore, since those adjustments are made in the negative, one can apply them to the UV sensitive contact printing processes without the need to actually get one’s hands in the space between the light and the paper.

With experience, one’s first draft of a digital negative is usually pretty close to ideal, but after one makes that first print from a negative you often see that a small amount of fine tuning is necessary. Thus, one goes back to the computer to make a few tweaks to the image before printing a revised negative and making another print. I probably make second drafts of about half of my negatives. It is very rare that I need to make a third draft these days.

The four images show below are examples of the end result of this process. I had made initial prints of these images previously but each of them needed a bit or dodging and burning to be ‘perfect’. I made those adjustments and printed new negatives on Saturday. Yesterday, I made new salted-paper prints using those negatives.

The differences between the two drafts were small. A bit of burning in (darkening) on the shoulder of the marmot. Similar adjustments on the lily pad in the second photo and the dead tree to the right of the gate in the last photo.. The third image had a bit of dodging (lightening) of the pinecone and a bit burning in of the lightest leaves throughout.

The resulting prints are, to my eye, subtly but significantly improved over the initial prints.

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Marmot
Marmot
Lily Pad and Pine Needles
Lily Pad and Pine Needles
Untitled
Untitled
Old Gate
Old Gate

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

17 March 2021

Two Trees, Two Cameras

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Tags: — Frank @ 11:05 AM
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Cemetery Walnut #1
Cemetery Walnut #1
Cemetery Walnut #2
Cemetery Walnut #2
Hayfield Tree #1
Hayfield Tree #1
Hayfield Tree #2
Hayfield Tree #2

16 March 2021

Three More

Yesterday was cold and blustery; the high was in the teens. We had the stove in the basement going so the temperature there was in the upper 50s. All of which made spending the afternoon in my basement dim room appealing.

I made ten salted-paper prints from four negatives and added some experiments in toning the prints with gold/borax.

The first print below (“Untitled”) is on Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag and is untoned. The second print (“Cobblestones”), on BFK Rives, is toned for a short time. The last print (“Farm Field Fence”), on Rives Heavyweight, is toned pretty much to completion.

As usual, showing the subtilties in these prints after scanning them is always suspect. The artifacts are best experienced in hand.

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Untitled
Untitled
Cobblestones
Cobblestones
Farm Field Fence
Farm Field Fence

13 March 2021

Thaw!

Filed under: Landscapes,March,Monadnock Region — Frank @ 11:06 AM

Spring is not quite here yet, but there are faint signs that it is coming.

We had a few days of temperatures in the 50’s, in might have actually reached 60 the other day. We even had a night in which it stayed above freezing. The snow is rapidly receding, the ice is pulling back from the edges of the lake and, of course, there is lots of mud in the road!

However, the next few days the high temperatures will be in the 30s and there are two nights predicted to be in the single digits. So Spring is not quite here yet!

The photos shown here were made on walks over the past four days.

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Walnut Tree - Center Cemetery
Walnut Tree - Center Cemetery
Maple Tree
Maple Tree
Grasses
Grasses
The Thaw Begins
The Thaw Begins
Untitled #1
Untitled #1
Untitled #2
Untitled #2

5 March 2021

Trees

Filed under: Alternative Processes,Landscapes,Salted-paper Prints — Frank @ 12:00 PM

I have been making photographs of trees in winter, showing their “bones” for a a couple of years. Most of these photos are made using my camera obscura.

I decided that these photos might look good as salted-paper prints and thus prepared negatives from six images in this series. I finished making 4×5 inch prints on Stonehenge Warm paper yesterday.

I have many more images in this series, that I think I will print this way in the coming weeks/months.

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Apple Tree #1
Apple Tree #1
Apple Tree #2
Apple Tree #2
Pine Tree
Pine Tree
Maple Tree
Maple Tree
Tree
Tree
Apple Trees & Crotched Mountain
Apple Trees & Crotched Mountain
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