aspen

Aspen Leaf, Chaffee County

Aspen Leaf, Chaffee County

Aspen Leaf, Chaffee County

Ansel Adams was fond of saying, “The negative is the score, the print is the performance.” I agree. The digital negative for black-and-white is the beginning; from there, we create a musical performance with the image. I was frustrated for years with Photoshop’s challenges in the black-and-white arena, but when NIK’s Silver Efex Pro emerged, I was overjoyed. Many of the techniques I had used in the darkroom, such as high-contrast developers, paper choices, proper filters, as well as push or pull processing, could now be replicated digitally.

This image is an example of creating the performance.

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Aspen Sapling, Park County

Aspen Sapling, Park County

Aspen Sapling, Park County

One of my dearest friends is seven feet tall, a giant among his peers (I’m 6’2″ with my shoes off, so I’m not used to feeling short–but I feel like a 3-year-old around grown-ups when he’s standing next to me).

I imagine this aspen sapling feels a bit like my friend in a crowd.