After a moderate hike in Washington's North Cascades mountains, my assistant
and I reached Watson Lake, a gorgeous mountain area of pristine wilderness.
I used my Super Cambo 4x5 view camera, which was fitted in my backpack,
to photograph this skeletal fallen tree on the edge of the lake. I used
an orange filter to help diminish slight haze in the distance. The 4x5
Kodak Tri-X negative is sharp and crisp. It is difficult to achieve
the right tonality in the bright tree trunk and branches as it has a
tendency to burn out to near-white on the print. Over the years I've
used various means of bringing subtle tone and texture into the tree,
including burning with soft contrast filters and even pre-flashing the
lower portion of the image. Nowadays I use a type
1 Fog Mask
which precisely adds gentle exposure to just the tree
and branches while automatically protecting the adjacent values. A very
mask exposure is used to bring additional life into the distant dark
trees. A neutral-cool selenium print color works nicely on this photograph.