The West Branch
Sacandaga River, Adirondacks, NY.
Several years ago, I walked the West Branch in spring, late in the afternoon, wondering just what I was going to be able to get with the sun so low on the western horizon. The river was flowing nicely, bank to bank, teasing me with views as the trail wandered near then away from the banks. Rivers are not good subjects when it's bright (usually) and I was shooting film. I passed up a lot of waterside shots, knowing the contrast wouldn't hold. But at this spot, probably desparate to be able to get Something out of the excursion, I worked for little while, hoping the exposure on the backlit pine canopy would hold the rest of the contrast in the scene. When I got the slides back, it pretty much worked, and the prints held decent--for the time-- detail when I had it drum scanned. But, like all artists, we favor our latest work and wonder why we were impressed by our techniques on a lot of our earlier work. Recently a client wanted a print of this, so I rescanned it on my Nikon 5000, and threw it into Photoshop and brought out some of the contrast detail with Color Efex Pro 4 (Detail Extractor/Color Contrast Range/Pro Contrast). How technology has changed--but I'm sure I'll shake my head again in a few years and wonder about 2013 techniques.
Nikon F5, Nikkor 28-70 f/2.8 Lens, 1/2.5 seconds at f/22 Kodak Elite Chrome 100.