Thursday, March 20, 2014

Don't Build Las Vegas in the Grand Canyon

"What would this development seem like from inside the Grand Canyon? At Mile 62, several days into a river trip, it would be like encountering Las Vegas-style entertainment and crowds of people."

"Bodaway/Gap chapter members initially opposed the development, but a vote count taken at a later, more contentious meeting reversed that decision. Meanwhile, all of the surrounding chapters, such as Coal Mine, Kaibeto, Tuba City, and Cameron, have passed resolutions opposing the tramway and its associated tourist attractions."
Save The Confluence

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Make your own 11 step wedge for Digital Negatives

Having a good step wedge is an important first step when figuring out exposure times and corrections curves for a new photographic process.

Many step wedges can be downloaded from the internet.  Most of them can be found by going through the Alternative Photography website. (it is a great starting point for all photographic things alternative and historical)  Be sure that you are using the correct gray gamma setting.

If you can't find one you like, however, you need to make your own.

Keep On Paddling

Photography Changes During Printing

Digital Negative Correction Curves

Grand Canyon Kickstarter Project

Basement Bathtub Photography

Different Cyanotype Tones Compared

Curves by Intuition and some experience

Transparency for Inkjet Negatives

Pictorico vs Fixxons

Printing a Photogravure

How to find Minimum Exposure Time for polymer Photogravures

Making Photogravures with Polymer Plates book

from Drawing to Plate

Friday, March 14, 2014

Which Gray Gamma to use for Digital Negatives

Gray Gamma 1.8 or Gray Gamma 2.2, which one do you use?

Here is a link to a PDF supplement to this video.

and, a link to download a 21 step wedge that is 10.5 x 4 inches
made in Adobe RGB (1998) / Gray Gamma 2.2

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Kayaking solo through the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Solo 2013 from Danny Siger on Vimeo.

This short movie gives an excellent perspective on kayaking through the Grand Canyon.  One thing to keep in mind is that the GoPro camera that is mounted on the boat uses a very wide angle lens, which makes the waves on the river seem smaller than they are as well as give the impression that the action is moving a bit slower than normal.  The waves are bigger than they appear, and his kayak is moving faster that it seems.

During the warmer months of the year, thousands of tourists pay big money to take trips like this.  They are guided on large rafts, with a couple hundred pounds of gear and supplies for each person.  Guides set up tents for them.  Guides cook for them.  Guides steer the raft for them and lead them on side hikes.    The experience is the antithesis of the beautiful solo trip shown in this video.

During the colder months, the large tourist crowds disappear, and permits become easier to acquire.  This draws out the passionate core of people who enjoy living outside; those who are working jobs to earn enough money to pay for extended time in the wilderness.  I find that these people live a lifestyle that is very similar to artists, who work to earn enough money to pay for a month-long residency in which they are in an artist-friendly environment, where they can fully concentrate on the questions they ask with their art.

Several times this past summer, on the side of a much smaller river, I spoke with Danny about the Grand Canyon.  We chatted on message boards as he planned this solo trip in the Fall.  (I was jealous of the mission then, and still wish I could have made a similar trip in November).  While a video (photos or drawings) can never fully express the range of emotions and the depth of experience, this one does a good job at giving the viewer a glimpse into the demeanor of the environment and the tempo of such a trip through this magical place.  In the video Danny has maintained the same balance of wonder and want for adventure as he had while planning the trip.  It is a good reflection of the common love for wilderness shared by many people in the small whitewater community that goes beyond the simple pleasure experienced by seeing something pretty.  It is a truth found in the love for the dirty, gritty, full experience of the work and time required throughout the entire phenomenon of being fully human.

Sunday, March 02, 2014


photogravure (polymer)
4" x 6"
Thalo Red, Bone Black, Renaissance Black mix
First proof off the plate to see if the plate is good
The grain will be smaller with the next proofs

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Wheels Up (runway and gateway configurations)

photogravure (polymer)
4" x 6"
Thalo Red, Bone Black, Renaissance Black mix
First proof off the plate to see if the plate is good
The grain will be smaller with the next proofs