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Fence and Pier, 1976. Port Townsend, Washington

Fence and Pier, 1976. Port Townsend, Washington


I spotted this classic "S-Curve" study from atop a bluff in the historic town of Port Townsend, Washington. Utilizing a 210mm Schneider lens on my 4x5 view camera, it was necessary to stop the lens down to at least f/45 in order to achieve the necessary depth of field in conjunction with a moderate degree of swings and tilts. Still, the image is not precisely sharp at the top of the foreground pickets. The use of a contrast reduction mask, however, enhances the visual edge sharpness to an acceptable degree. I also use a magenta inkjet dodge mask to enhance the brilliance of the white pickets. This scene no longer exists. The distant pier has been replaced by a large ferry dock and newer signs along the historic storefronts below intrude into the image. I enjoy the sense of visual irony in this photograph - white fence against dark grass, dark pier against light water. This image works well printed on a good neutral toned paper such as Ilford Multigrade, toned to give a hint of cool-selenium color in Kodak selenium toner.

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