printing technique

Tree Stumps, Bass Lake, CA 1998

The straight contact print on the left is of low contrast, which allows me to see more of the information in the negative. On the right, the final print expresses what I saw and felt. Below is the printing log for this image.

This is how I record the steps to create the final photograph. The boxes are to note any manipulations, dodging, burning, or contrast changes. This sheet covers all the basics: date, cold light stabilizer position, type of paper, contrast grade, f-stop, paper drydown %, developer type and factor for development, focal length of the lens used, fixer type, the toner(s) used (dilution/duration) and, of course, the negative ID.

If you can read my scribbled writing, you may get an idea of what it took to get the final image. If you don't understand any of it, don't worry, you can see the difference in the two images above.