Birch photographs - the first set!

The other birch photos: [ set 1 ] [ set 2 ] [ set 3 ] [ set 4 ] [ set 5 ] [ set 6 ]

I took a printing class in the autumn 2013 at the University of Alaska that required printing of a final cohesive series - in my case a couple dozen including three framed, etc. After some waffling back and forth I settled on a set of birch pictures. Most of the photos here are from film scans and digi-photos that worked on for that project; the actual photos were taken between about 1996 and 2013.

I was also as enthusiastic as ever about birches -- since birches are so variable, occur all over the north, and are of course so beautiful. I also had plenty of available film and digi-file 'stock', and shot a few more during the class. I'd also been doing a bit of research & presentation on birches in a class earlier that year, then did another summer's botanical fieldwork (including many areas of beautiful alpine birches) and, finally, there was a newly-published book on the birches of the world that made me all excited about birches in general.

Unlike most of my photo-activities, this class was all computer-based; the purpose of the class being to learn how to make high quality prints with photo-grade inkjet printers ('artists' of dubious repute call this 'gliclee' - a ridiculous made-up name to sound 'fancy' - so it sounds like something you've never heard of). For me this was an exciting prospect since most of my color photography I've never been able to see in any format other than on the computer screen or on the light table! I wound up working with a lot of digicam shots in addition to scanned film (out of, mostly, laziness - its a lot more work to get scans to good print stage than digis).

So here's the first set of the birch photos I zapped up for printing. The 'zap-upping' was in photoshop for printing on an Epson Stylus Pro 3800 printer. My final prints (and a ton of 'test' prints...) were printed on Red River 80lb. polar pearl metallic paper, which I felt matched the qualities of birch bark and leaves.

The photos you see here were processed to look good when professionally printed between 8x10" & 10x15", and those saved files were resized to make these web pages with little or no modification. Some of the photos may appear elsewhere on the website (esp. Eureka Dome photos), but the ones here are entirely different versions starting from the original scan or camera file. The exception is the few black & white photos here, which were flatbed scanned from 8x10 darkroom prints that I made in spring 2009 in another UAF class. A lot of 'darkroom magic' (dodging burning, varicontrast filter magic, etc.) went into their original printing; I zapped the scans up a little for these pages with attempt on keeping the tonality and look of the prints, but in general they're awful compared to the actual prints. Another exception is that I added a few more birch pix from previous digi-processing of film scans; those weren't 'done up' as fancifully, or for print, or as large, etc. but after all this is just a website so you probably won't even know which ones they are!

The place and photo details ought to be correct; see exif of photos for more.

Here's some of my birch studies: a colorful presentation, a bibliography, etc.

My general photo notes on lenses; cameras; & films, scanning, processing, disclaimers, etc.

The main photo index is here.

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edition: 2016.05.09 | © Robert Liebermann
url: http://rjl.us / photo / birch1.htm
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Bracken fern, pines, & birches.
Whitefish Bay, Michigan | probably 2006.10
(Maybe) Olympus XA | | (maybe) fujicolor 100 | scanned with Nikon cs-5000
© Robert Liebermann


Late winter dune birch 2
Alger/Marquette County line, Upper Peninsula | 2010.02.18
Nikon D700 | Nikkor AI-S 24/2.8
© Robert Liebermann


Long-ago birch branch
Vermillion, Michigan (on my land!) | 2010.04.29
Nikon D700 | Nikkor-S 50/1.4
© Robert Liebermann


Creek and snow with birch
Harlow Creek, UP | 2010.02.27
Nikon D700 | Nikkor-S 50/1.4
© Robert Liebermann


Mixedwood
Near Brevoort Lake, Mackinac County, UP | 2010.05.02
Nikon D700 | Nikkor 105/2.5 AI
© Robert Liebermann


Early birches
Near Herman, Baraga County, UP | 2010.05.06
Nikon D700 | Nikkor 105/2.5 AI
© Robert Liebermann


Autumn birch
Donelly Tract, Marquetter County, UP | 2010.03.22
Nikon D700 | Nikkor 105/2.5 AI
© Robert Liebermann


Denali and autumn forest
from Eureka Dome | 2009.09.04
Nikon D700 | Nikkor 105/2.5 AI
© Robert Liebermann


birch against lake, wb camp 2
Alger/Marquette County line, Upper Peninsula | 2009.05.25
Contax G1 | 45mm Zeiss Planar | Kodachrome 25 | scanned with Nikon cs-5000
© Robert Liebermann


Birch, spruce, raspberry, et al.
Near Herman, Baraga County, UP | 2010.05.06
Nikon D700 | Nikkor 105/2.5 AI
© Robert Liebermann


Snow and birch 1
Greenwood Reservoir, near Ishpeming, UP | 2010.02.17
Nikon D700 | Nikkor 105/2.5 AI
© Robert Liebermann


Snow and birch 2
Greenwood Reservoir, near Ishpeming, UP | 2010.02.17
Nikon D700 | Nikkor 105/2.5 AI
© Robert Liebermann


Snow vs. the boreal forest.
About 45 miles north of Fox, along Elliott Highway. | April 18, 2009
Contax TRS-I | Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm/1.7, no filter | Kodak Panatomic-X (ASA 32) that expired June 1981 and was stored in a heated office; shot at ASA 25 | scanned with Epson Expression 10000xl (flatbed scanned from darkroom print that was printed on Ilford Multigrade RC paper, exposure ~f11, 1/15" Printed at f8 for 32" with some dodging to dark areas and additional burning to snow. Filters: 60m, 0y. Enlarger head height 62.5cm.
© Robert Liebermann


Frosty autumn sedge meadow
Steese Highway, AK | 2009.10.11
Nikon D700 | ca. 1980 "sigma high-power zoom multi-coated 1:4.5 f=70~230mm"
© Robert Liebermann


Snowy Lake Superior forest!
Songbird Trail, UP | 2010.01.19
Nikon D700 | Nikkor AI-S 24/2.8
© Robert Liebermann


Fallen leaves with Huperzia
Eureka Dome! | 2010.09.12
Nikon D700 | Nikkor 105/2.5 AI
© Robert Liebermann