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Parker Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, California by Pete Paul

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This is one of my all time favorite places. It is peaceful, and quiet. It is a long hike to get in, but well worth the trip. I have seen many other images of this scene, but feel like this one perfectly captures the feeling of the place I had when I was there. This is from a 4×5 negative, better scan to come soon.

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Two of my great passions in life are travel and photography. I believe that travel broadens your view of the world, and creates memories for a lifetime. Through my photography I try to document my own personal experiences, to capture scenes and events as I see them and to share the beauty and diversity of the world I’ve seen with others.

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  • loiteke
    loitekeover 2 years ago

    Really great place. Gorgeous w/b capture of it.

  • loiteke
    loitekeover 2 years ago

  • Thank you Meeli! This is my second feature in a week. I cannot wait until my next trip in July. This will be my first one out west since I got a dslr. So much easier than the 4×5/scanning process, although this particular image holds a very special place, as it was my first truly previsualized shot. Someday, I will make that hike again:)

    – Pete Paul

  • Jordan Miscamble
    Jordan Miscambleover 2 years ago

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Randy Turnbow
    Randy Turnbowabout 2 years ago

    Looks like a wonderful photog location, well done!

  • Thank you Randy. It was a bit of hike, but probably one the most peaceful places I have ever been.

    – Pete Paul

  • Brett Rogers
    Brett Rogersabout 2 years ago

    Unbelievably good detail here. It goes on and on. The tonality is also very pleasing to my eye and it is an image very hard to fault. Wonderful shot. Do you have any details of the film/developer used Pete? Looking at this shot I may have to revisit my decision to stick with medium format rather than large. Can’t get over the detail.

  • Thank you for the comment Brett. This is my favorite image, as well as my favorite photographic experience. I worked for hours getting the shot that I had previsulized, moving camera position, getting the tilt right and metering the heck out of the scene. I used the zone system to get the tonality right, and believe it was tmax 100 film, i’d have to check. I only had one lens, which was a Schneider 150mm, and used a Wista Field camera. The more I get into digital and trying to digitize what I have from the large format days, the more I appreciate the unmatchable quality of the large format negative. I am considering going back to it, but no longer have my darkroom. I would say go to the large format, but if you have never used it before, there is a learning curve to understaning tilts and swings and getting max DOF without stopping down all the way. I think this was shot at f/22, which really helped the sharpness.

    – Pete Paul

  • Tomas Abreu
    Tomas Abreuabout 2 years ago

    Gorgeous image, great composition, detail, pleasing to the eye, you name it…I can’t wait to see the “better” scan!!

  • Thank you Tomas! I am working on getting a good quality scanner so I can get all my old 4×5s up here.

    – Pete Paul

  • James2001
    James2001about 2 years ago

    Congratulations, this excellent image has been featured in the FILM PHOTOGRAPHY group.
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  • Thank you James. I appreciate the feature.

    – Pete Paul

  • Harlan Mayor
    Harlan Mayorabout 2 years ago

    Wow! A magnificent image.

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