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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Platinum Printing Workshop

The Group and Mascot

Some Prints from first of the Week

More Prints

Negatives in front of Prints

Canyon Diablo

Assisted at a Platinum printing workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico last week at Don Messec's studio. He run numerous workshops that involve printmaking, and food, in Santa Fe at

Platinum printmaking goes back to the start of photography in the 1800's. During WW1 the need for Platinum for the war stopped the use of it for photo papers and Silver papers were developed. In recent times artists started using the old formulas from the 1800's to hand coat paper and again make beautiful Platinum  prints. Platinum printing is a contact printing process. You must have a negative the same size as the print. With film that meant large view cameras, the largest I have used took a 11x14 inch sheet of film. In recent years several methods have been used to make negatives from digital files using inkjet printers and color inks. Platinum is exposed with UV light so the negatives had to work with UV light  and were made using color to block the UV light resulting in a difficult and complex process.

One of the workshops at Don's is Jon Cones who has developed a number of ink sets with seven shades of grey to make black and white prints. One of his ink sets had been used to make continuous tone negatives for various alternative processes. These negatives use carbon pigments and look and work like film negatives do. He also developed profiles that would also make negatives which work for platinum negatives.

 Last year I took my platinum chemicals and met him at his workshop in Santa Fe. He made a negative which on the first try made a good print. Since then Don and I have spent many days in my studio making negatives and prints, developing a work flow that was reliable and could be used to teach the process.

This was the first Platinum printing workshop at Don's and from the first day everyone was making great prints. The first photo shows the class holding some of their prints. Don is in the middle and 2ed from the left is Michael Trupiano. Michael is the guy you want around if you have any computer problem. Jim's dog also came with him from Kentucky to offer his critique.

One day we went to Diablo Canyon to get out of the studio and photograph. For a while it looked like the canyon may live up to its name as on the long dirt road in we met a Sheriff Vehicle coming out. It was followed by a State Police Vehicle then an official looking vehicle with CSI written on it in large letters. The canyon was quiet and peaceful, never found out what had happened.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Death Valley Photo Trip

The Racetrack

Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point, Looking West

Don at Zabriskie Point

Near Gold Canyon

It Happens

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Balloons, Lake Havasu

Some photos from the Balloon weekend in lake Havasu coty

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Snow-Lake Havasu City

The Lawn Frog had no idea what to do with a Snowball

OK, enough of this "Global Warming" thing. It was 40 degrees when I woke up which is normal for the week that is our winter. By 10 AM it was 32 degrees and snowing with gusts of wind to over 30 MPH. We had a blizzard that lasted over two hours and in 30 years of living here this is the first time it had snowed at the house. The mountain above town gets snow a couple times during the winter but never down here at 680 feet above sea level.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

NYC at Christmas

NYC is always a great place to be at Christmas.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Silverton Colorado

Yankee Boy Basin

Yankee Boy Basin is on a 4WD trail out of Ouray Colorado and in the spring, which occurs here in July, is covered in wild flowers. The waterfalls, due to the recent rains, looked like they do during the spring snow melt.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bentonite Hills, Capitol Reef National Park

The Bentonite Hills in Capitol Reef National Park can in the right light be very colorful and are sometimes called Rainbow Bentonite. They are a remnant of volcanic ash and look like colorful styrofoam packing material. Beneath this is clay which can absorb large amounts of water and was used by the pioneers to seal roofs and also to lubricate wagon wheels. This also make the trails impassable in the rain.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Torrey Utah

A few more views from the Torrey Utah Area.

After the Rain

The rains came and now the Fremont River is too high to ford and the trails are impassable with muddy clay. These photos were taken on Utah Highway 24 between Torry and Hanksville.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Notom-Bullfrog Road and the Burr Trail

Start of the Switchbacks

Side Canyon

Paved Section at West end of Burr Trail

From highway 24 we took the Notom-Bullfrog Road which was in good condition except for a few places were washes were still running but passable. About 32 miles in the Burr Trail heads west with some spectacular rocky switchbacks. The Burr Trail ends in Boulder and the last part is paved.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mr Pinkertons Truck

This truck about ten miles off the highway was a well drilling rig that had been here for some time. It still had the wooden superstructure with lots large metal gears. It even had a dead rattlesnake on the seat. Next to if was a large cattle tank with a pipe from an artesian well filling it with water and running out into the desert forming a wetlands full of cattails.