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Estany de Ratera, Parc Natural de Sant Maurici, Catalonia Spain
The atmosphere and light conditions were very changeble. The moving clouds were reflected by the crystal clear water and the light/shadow game was playing its score on the whole scene.Using the Zone system I placed the dark parts of the boulders on Zone III. The background peak fell on Zone VII and the reflected clouds on Zone IX.

I thought an N-1 developing was about suitable but finally I developed the negative on the soft D-23 developer for only three minutes, followed by an in immersion of three more minutes in Kodalk alkali bath.

Technical details
Format: 5x7in
Film: Kodak Tri-X
Exposure Index: ISO160
Lens: Nikkor SW 120mm.
Exposure: 1/2 second
Aperture: f/32 1/3
Developer: Kodak D-23, Water Bath
Filter: Wratten No 8 Yellow

Boulders, Limpets, Acadia National Park, Maine USA
I recall walking on this magnificent shore on an overcast day.I spotted a couple of possible subjects to photograph one of them was these 'Boulders.I placed the darkest shadows on Zone II. The luminance on the boulder fell on Zones VI and VII.

It seemed to me I should develop that negative N+1, but I finally gave Normal (N) development as the basic exposure read two seconds, but because of the failure of reciprocity law I expose metering readings of two seconds for four seconds. That fact, gave me additional contrast as well as the yellow filter I used to darken the shadows.

On the final print I dodged slightly some parts of the boulder and burned all the corners in order to achieve the balance I wished.

Technical details
Format: 4x5in
Film: Kodak Tri-X
Exposure Index: ISO160
Lens: Nikkor SW 120mm.
Exposure: 5 seconds
Aperture: f/64
Developer: Kodak HC-110
Filter: Wratten No 8 Yellow

The Sphinx, Antelope Canyon, Arizona USA
This was a subject with a very high contrast.Placing the darkest shadows on Zone II, the lightest parts fell on Zone XII.

To reduce subjects as contrasty as this, I use N-2 or Kodak D-23 and water bath development technics, but for that particular subject I gave N-2 development.Notice that the basic exposure was 15 seconds at f/32 and I finally exposed the negative, accordingly to Kodak reciprocity law failure, for 1 minute and 20 seconds!

The resulting negative is quite a soft one with lots of revealing detail that I did not notice at the moment of exposure.

Technical details
Format: 4x5in
Film: Kodak Tri-X
Exposure Index: ISO160
Lens: Schneider 150mm.
Exposure: 1 minute 20 seconds
Aperture: f/32
Developer: Kodak HC-110
Filter: none

Drought cracks, Glen Canyon, Utah USA
I placed the dark cracks on Zone III. The main grey surface fell on Zone V 1/2. I do not have record on where did the white parts of the ground fell, but I recall the measurement to be not reliable enough because it was too small or too mixed with the greys.

I gave N+2 development to raise the medium grey surface (V 1/2) to Zone VII and provide additional sharpness appearance. As it was a static, flat subject I could choose f/22 which is the optimum aperture for that lens.

The final negative is a very fine, sharp one that prints very well with subtle burning and dodging.

Technical details
Format: 4x5in
Film: Kodak Tri-X
Exposure Index: ISO160
Lens: Schneider 210mm.
Exposure: One second
Aperture: f/22
Developer: Kodak HC-110
Filter: none

Jesus Coll's Images

 
Drought Cracks, Glen Canyon, Utah USA
The Sphinx, Antelope Canyon Arizona USA
Boulders, Limpets, Acadia National Park, Maine USA
Estany de Ratera, Parc Natural de Sant Maurici, Catalonia Spain
 
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