Printed this today. Almost cropped it horizontally but I really wanted to emphasize Amsterdam’s architecture! At one point in history, Amsterdam’s property taxes were proportional to the width or depth of the home, so home owners built up! Taken on 120 Ilford Delta, printed on Ilford fiber 16×20.
These are the notes I took today while printing in my darkroom. I like to think of this as analog ‘⌘ + S’. I include aperture, filter, time exposed, test strips used, paper used, enlarger used, developer dilution, burn time, and dodge time in my notes. I start with a test strip, after developing and fixing, I write down what I think the next step needs to be. Once I get to a work print, my notes are more detailed and refer to local areas, such as ‘graffiti too dark’ or ‘burn corners’. I do this so I can return to an image and reprint it if necessary. It’s not always perfect, every batch of paper and chemicals can be slightly different but it’s a great place to start, saves lots of time. And it’s a great way to account for the dry down effect.
A lot of photographers take themselves a little too seriously, and forget to have fun. I am inspired by all of the great street photographers of the 20th century, but most specifically Elliott Erwitt for his incorporation of humor. At least I think I’m funny, (don’t we all?) Taken in Italy at the leaning tower of Pisa.
I took this in Sedona, Arizona back in 2008, a sunrise hot air balloon ride. One of National Geographic’s editors choose to publish this image in their Daily Dozen, online gallery. Publish me regularly Nat Geo!