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Storm Over Chesler Park, 1977. Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Storm Over Chesler Park, 1977. Canyonlands National Park, Utah


A very delicate balance of contrasts must be maintained in this print, which I struggled with for years. I use a heavy Contrast Reduction Mask which serves to even-out the tonal balance, open the shadows, enhance the sharpness, and allow for an increase in highlight contrast. That initial exposure is followed by a SCIM mask exposure to bring life to the image in general (especially the mid-distance bushes). A third exposure is made to the print utilizing a specially designed Fog Mask which allows me to darken and smooth-out the sky area substantially, while leaving the distant rocks ("needles") untouched. The same mask allows me to locally and accurately burn and flatten small areas in the lower area of the image which otherwise would be too distracting. When the above masks are coupled with a variable-contrast paper, an infinite variety of controls is possible. This image serves as a good example of the use of a Fog Mask in the Contrast Masking Kits.
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