Monday, June 26, 2017

Fire Hydrant Located Behind

New York, New York

There seemed to be construction everywhere I looked this weekend around Murray Hill.


New York, New York

Finished teaching another workshop at CAP/Penumbra, and lived to tell the tale.

Saturday, June 24, 2017


New York, New York

City Trees/Weeds, East 30th Street

New York, New York

I really can't tell whether the little sumac-looking thing is in some sort of planter on the faux-balcony, or if it just seeded there along the railing by itself.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Parking Lot Tree

Southeast, New York

Heading down to New York for the weekend workshop, I missed the train I wanted because of highway problems, so ended up having to kill some time in a shopping center parking lot near the train station. At least the strange hazy atmosphere was kind of interesting.


Naugatuck, Connecticut

Off later this morning to New York to teach my "Digital Platinum" workshop at CAP/Penumbra over the weekend. Should get to make some snaps around the city along with the workshop duties.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Back at It, More Prints this Morning

This pretty much finishes up my "first look" Pt/Pd prints I wanted to make from pictures made last October on a short trip to Virginia and West Virginia. Prints are made with a palladium and traditional platinum mix, no contrast agent, on Hahnemühle Platinm Rag paper.

Coated sheet and digital negative on Fixxons film, set up in the vac frame (the stick supports the glass/frame top because the pneumatic lifts have long since worn out).

Vac frame pad is drawn up tight, ready to flip up against the light unit for exposure.

Four minute exposure under way.

"Palomino, Birch River, West Virginia," (there's a horse at the top of the hill on right) . 7x17 Korona Panoramic View with 305mm G-Claron.

"Goshen, Virginia." Evening view along the railroad tracks looking north up the valley, 8x10 Deardorff with 240mm Apo-Sironar S.

"Goodwill Baptist Church, Bland County, Virginia." Along Route 42, a little white church in brilliant midday sunlight, hilly pasture land in back. 8x10 Deardorff with 240mm Apo-Sironar S.

Flag with Commentary

Torrington, Connecticut

The large flag is displayed in the window of an empty storefront. The commentary comes in the form of stickers applied to the window.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Printing this Morning

More prints this morning. Platinum/palladium on Hahnemühle Platinum Rag. One early morning landscape from the Blue Ridge Parkway near Buena Vista, VA. Two street scenes from Princeton, WV. All shot with a Korona 7x17-inch camera and 305 G-Claron lens, on HP5-Plus, developed in PMK pyro.


Shelton, Connecticut

Thursday, June 15, 2017

More Printing

Made some in-progress snaps again while printing.

Template to mark out the coating area.

Negative and coated sheet set up in the bed of my vacuum frame, waiting for the pump to pull things tight.

Vac frame swung up against the UV lightbox for exposure. Prints from earlier in the week are flattening between two sheets of plate glass on the counter. Four minute exposure has just begun.


Naugatuck, Connecticut

Found along a path that follows the river and the railroad tracks.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Back in the Darkroom

Back in the lab making platinum/palladium prints yesterday and today after a few months of enforced layoff. Here are some in-progress snaps from this morning.

Exposed sheet of Hahnemühle Platinum Rag, coated with a Pt/Pd mix containing 10% traditional platinum solution. 11" wide image area on 11x15. The ghost print-out image looks just about right for this paper, with very pale border areas.

After developer pour-on. Something unusual about HPR paper is that if you do a bunch of printing on it, without any other papers used in the meantime, the developer turns a light greenish color, almost clear compared to the dark brown it turns with all other papers I've used.

Same print in the second clearing bath.

Next two prints clearing. The first two were from digital captures, the last from an 8x10" negative scan.

Hanging to drain before transfer to drying screens.