Monument Basin and Storm, 1982. Canyonlands
National Park, Utah
The remote wilderness area known as Monument Basin
is located on the White Rim, a rugged area accessible only by
four-wheel drive vehicle or hiking trail. This image was exposed
on 4x5 tri-x film and given normal minus one development
in Kodak HC-110 developer. I believe I used a yellow filter. A
stronger filter might have reduced the three-dimensional effect
of the extreme distances by overly cutting through the distant
haze. I feel the storm clouds enhance the mood of this image.
On another trip to the same area, I made a nearly identical exposure
of this same subject, but without the storm clouds. Comparing
the two, the image without the storm appears bland and sterile.
I used a shadow
contrast increase mask and a fog
mask to achieve the delicate tactile values in both the shadows
and highlights of this image.
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