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Stone Door in b&w

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As promised, here are the b&w prints from Stone Door. Not as many interesting shots from this roll, unfortunately. But both of these were pretty fun to print. Particularly the first one – the front wall was not nearly as differentiated in the negative as it is here. You always hope a contrast filter will fix your problems, but the issue wasn’t contrast so much as separation. So I ended up using a combination of filters for the different sections, then dodge and burn on top of that. I made a good few prints before I got it to where I wanted. Finally holding that mental image in my hands – that’s a good feeling.



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October 14, 2014 at 9:24 pm

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Stone Door in color

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I think it was last winter, but it was unseasonably pleasant that weekend.



The sheer amount of vertical space never gets old. I realize that this is just in a TN valley. But you’ve got cliffs and stairs and climbing paths and streams that flow rather than wind around. Or flood. Rocks move here – because of water and wind. There aren’t even any rocks to speak of where I grew up, let alone hills for them to collect at the bottom of. I couldn’t really wrap my head around it. I think we sat atop the Door for half an hour in the morning, then 45 minutes at the end of the day.




Leah climbed around a good bit. Went out to all the outcroppings. I mostly sat. My knees were shot by the end of the day. Not that I would venture out to the edge like her, anyway. I actually fought with her on our honeymoon after she climbed down onto a jutted rock over some incredibly turbulent surf. I still don’t like it. But I just sweat it out. Have a private coronary, no harm done.



There are some b&w prints from this trip somewhere, too. I’ll get around to finding those sooner or later.

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October 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm

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