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    Finally got some printing done...here is one of the best. My old PhotoShop 5 won't work on my new Mac, so I used some lightweight software on the image...quality questionable. it holds up to about 10" wide on my screen.

    A 5.5"x14" platinum/palladium print. Zion National Park. Looking west towards sunset. Film exposed April 2019.

    Chamonix 11x14 with modified darkslide, Fuji W 360mm, no filter, FP4+ in PyrocatHD

    Print on HPR paper using warm Potassium oxalate developer. I am having some rust issues in my pipes -- got a black spot, so I'll probably reprint one of these days.
    The only thing that sorta bugs me is the haze, but that is part of the scene. I may have tamed it myself. Otherwise, crisp image that for me, funnels me to the center.

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    Hang in there Steven

    I have lost my way 3 times so far in my life

    All I can advise is always procrastinate, meaning live today, sleep tonight and wake to a new day

    I too have had very dark times

    I just awoke from a tough dream that ended well and gave me great hope

    God bless you and your family
    sin eater

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    Spent a few days at Jekyll Island with the 4x5. Maco 820 ir r72 filter, f16@15 sec

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    Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

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    Here is an image from Grand Canyon North this year. It is kinda emotional for me as are all of my Grand Canyon shots this year as i had been given a layoff notice just before I went. So it was hard to keep my head on straight standing on the edge of a 1000 foot drop off. But for the brief time waiting for the light to be right, etc, I was at peace but haunted at night with the possibility of losing everything and not being able to provide for my family and 7 year old son.

    4x5 using a Chamonix 45H-1, 75mm Nikkor f/4.5@f/32 on Portra160. I have my thoughts on the image, but waiting to hear. I need to find a better way to post images. flicker and zenfolio seem to over saturate color images on upload.

    Checkout the fuzzy rainbow on the far rim image center.

    Hang in their Steven. A door closed because another door needs to be opened for you. I have gone through this cycle four times in my career and retrospectively I was in a similar state of what I call artifically imposed desperation each time. Yet I was thankful for each displacement because it caused me to do a hard boot and kick things back in gear. As a result I just celebrated my 20th year of being in business for myself and I would have never contemplated this possibility unless I got kicked hard by a series of qualified idiots along the way. Photography can be an excellent venue for managing the obvious stress and I am glad you went ahead and took the trip. Circle the wagons and regroup with the family.

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    Thank you all. I hope to never go thru it again and if I do, I hope to handle it better.

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    Steven, it's a good photo. On my monitor, the yellow cliffs look a little unnatural, and the sky is a bit blah. Try cropping off the top of the image to just below the yellow cliffs. For me, that focuses interest on the valley.
    “You often feel tired, not because you've done too much, but because you've done too little of what sparks a light in you.”
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    Thanks for posting such nice images. I like your Grand Canyon photo composition just the way it is. I agree with Peter De Smidt though, about the unnatural colors, but I think the web can be unforgiving with color rendition. I find it tedious to make even B & W images look like they should on the web.

    Hang in there on the employment situation.

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    Dawn!

    I have problems with the darkness, lacks your usual detail, but could be my dim eyes
    sin eater

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    Ken, I think the yellow cliffs could come down another 1/3 to 1/2 stop and foreground up by about the same amount. But then the screen tends to be a “lowest common denominator” device in critical viewing.
    --- Steve from Missouri ---

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