Process and Light

October 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment


Southwest Harbor, Maine


We recently took a holiday in Maine, on Mount Desert Island (MDI), one of our favorite places. It wasn't intended as a photographic holiday, but more of an opportunity for me and Susanne, my editor-in-chief, to spend a week together riding our tandem bicycle and enjoying the many sights of Acadia National Park and the surrounding area on the island. On our last evening, we made a quick detour to get close to the water at Southwest Harbor before the light was lost.  When I processed the image, I realized that I had a photograph that deserved to be printed. 

Printing a few select photographs is a welcome change from the overabundance of online images. Printing takes time because it involves careful consideration of what the image might look like when ink is put to paper. That process separates the more significant from the less important.  The moment of pause also provides relief from the frenzied drive to publish another photo as quickly as possible. Deciding what type of paper to use for the print is an important part of this process. As photographer Bob Adams put it: "My photographs pick the paper that I use to print them on." He is exactly right. The soft pastel colors of that particular photograph made in Southwest Harbor deserved to be printed on matte paper. I made a pano card with matte card stock as well as two sample proof prints for future consideration, using a linen textured paper and a cotton rag fine art paper. 


IMG_2853Pano Greeting Card - matte paper



DXT16673sample print - linen textured paper



DXT16675sample print - cotton rag paper


Although I found the linen texture interesting, the cotton rag really made a print as timeless as the image itself. Looks like another paper order needs to be placed and and cotton rag paper will be added to the paper stash.

Thanks for reading.


See ya next week,



Post Script - Geek Speak

The photo that caught my attention while fondly looking at my recent trip to Maine wasn't one photo, but six. What? Allow me to elaborate.

I set my camera to bracket exposures (0,+1,-1 EV) in aperture priority mode (this varies the shutter speed) and made image files that could be later merged into high dynamic range (HDR) image files and then merged to create a panorama. All of this post processing was done using Lightroom.






That's right, I made an HDR pano and it is incredibly easy to learn how make a believable photograph in Lightroom with this approach. Subtle dodging and burning was subsequently applied to bring out the contrast, detail and lovely pastel color. 










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