Water Forms, Sulfur Creek,
1978. Mt. Baker National Forest, Washington
|This composition was realized while actually looking through
the ground glass of my 4x5 view camera. The confines of the rectangular
shape and the two-dimensional aspect of the ground glass image
made it actually easier to "discover" this flowing composition.
This technique, as well as the similar use of the popular
"4x5 cut-out card" for examining compositions, helps
to eliminate distractions caused by surrounding elements and often
allows the photographer to more accurately define a successful
composition. When printing this image, I dodge the volcanic boulders
and follow up the base exposure with a shadow-contrast-increase
mask (SCIM) to enhance the crisp black detail within the volcanic
boulders. This preserves, if not increases, the silvery quality
of the wet boulders.
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