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Ponderosa Pine, Angels Landing, Utah. Black and white photograph

Ponderosa Pine, Angels Landing, 1994. Zion National Park, Utah


At the end of the grueling hike to the top of Zion National Park's Angels Landing, this lone Ponderosa Pine overlooks steep and twisting Zion Canyon far below. This photograph is a study of values and textures. The intensely textured bark of the tree was of prime interest to me. The tree was placed close to center instead of off to one side (which would have resulted in a more "sentimental and scenic" image) in order to emphasize the contrasts of textures and revelation of space. My assistant held a low-hanging branch out of the way of the Schneider 121mm Super Angulon lens on my 4x5 view camera. It was actually very hazy, but careful printing with a strong SCIM mask to emphasize shadow contrast yields a print which exhibits clear and rich values. I also locally applied a special formulation of print bleach to balance out some values and increase highlight contrast in some of the distant sunlit ridges. This photograph was made into a duotone black and white poster for Zion National Park.


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