Trees, Lakeside, 1991. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
The soft, luminous light in this composition of rocks
and dead tree stumps at the edge of Crater Lake caught my attention.
In order to preserve full shadow detail and avoid blocking of the
highlights, I gave the negative (4x5 Tri-X film) substantial exposure
and developed it Normal minus one. An unsharp mask was used when making
the print, followed by a SCIM mask to bring life into the deep shadow
areas. Using a Fog Mask, some local graying of the highlights on the
rocks helps diminish any distracting bright areas and give the rocks
a more eloquent tonal quality.
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