Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Woodbury, Connecticut

Finally, it was 50° this morning instead of below freezing. The daffodils are happy, and what's left of the crabapples after the destructive storms finally shows signs of life.

Monday, April 23, 2018

High Water—Shepaug at Hidden Valley

Washington, Connecticut

The rain had almost stopped but the gray sky made for luminous light and soft but bright reflections on the water surface.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

UPDATE: New Web Galleries

I've just finished making some changes to the galleries page at my website, including two new galleries with the platinum/palladium prints I've made during the past week. I've shown snaps of the wet prints in the clearing baths in several posts here, but these are carefully made copy shots of the finished Pt/Pd prints. There are also some new front-page examples for some of the older galleries.

Color in the Woods, Part II

Litchfield, Connecticut

It should be Spring by now, but there's just no sign of it. These were made Thursday at White Memorial Conservation Center. There was a touch of rain in the air, which often makes for wonderful luminous light.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Color in the Woods

Litchfield, Connecticut

Mostly I find that pictures in the New England woods work better in monochrome than they do in color. Even aside from my current experiments with making digital captures in these environments that are intended to end up, if successful, as platinum/palladium prints. But one of my favorite shooting conditions is "the edge of the rain" and this is the first picture I made walking into one of my frequently visited local park sites yesterday. I'd been intending to make pictures for mono, but immediately saw this as a color picture. I think it's the green moss. A whole picture of faded autumn leaves (it's supposed to be Spring here, with no evidence) never works in color but that green moss just snaps it all together. You can see we've had a lot of rain here recently.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

News: Upcoming Workshop

Along the Shepaug at Steep Rock, Washington, Connecticut

That's a copy shot of a 7x11" platinum/palladium print made earlier this week from an original digital capture, by way of a digital internegative.

I've just learned that there are still a couple places available for my "Digital Platinum" workshop at Penumbra Foundation in New York, ten days from now, April 28-29. Follow the link for details. Take the workshop and you'll learn how to make prints like this yourself from digital captures or film scans.


Southbury, Connecticut

Art project, or just a moldy bench at a suburban shopping center?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Neon Guitars

Seymour, Connecticut

It's fun to find neon still in use. This is in a really old movie theater building. It still operates as a theater but some of the original space has been broken up for other retail businesses.

Last Lab Session for Now

The second half of the potential Burr Pond State Park folio. 9-inch Pt/Pd prints on 10x11 Hahnemühle Platinum Rag. Very late Autumn conditions with thin layers of ice on the pond, snow flurries in the air. Snaps show the prints in the clearing baths.

Monday, April 16, 2018

At It Again

More printing this morning.

These are from a different Connecticut Park, Burr Pond, made late last fall. I wanted a smaller, more delicate presentation for these than the Steep Rock folio series, so they are sized 9-inches wide on 10x11 Hahnemühle Platinum Rag, Pt/Pd using a 10% traditional platinum mix.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018

More Printing

This morning's prints, in the clearing baths. A series from Steep Rock Preserve in Winter. 11-inch wide Pt/Pd prints on 11x15 Hahnemühle Platinum Rag.

There was something flakey about the white balance on the quick snaps I posted earlier from the printing session. These are more like it.

Friday, April 13, 2018


There's a new technical post from me over at The Online Photographer. The subject is how to cope when the makers of the software we depend on release updates that include "improvements we didn't ask for."

In the Darkroom

"After the Ice, Shepaug at Hidden Valley, Washington, CT"

After a long and frigid winter that hasn't really turned into Spring yet, I'm getting the darkroom back up and running to start on pictures for a "Steep Rock, Winter" folio. 11-inch wide Pt/Pd print on 11x15 Hahnemühle Platinum Rag.