Fairbanks north and east, winter/spring 2009, set 1

These eight photos are flatbed scanned versions of a final photo set that I did for a photography class I took at UAF early 2009. The prints themselves are on matte finish Ilford paper, and involved considerable darkroom work to get to their final state.

Of course the scans can't compare to the prints, and much is lost of the hard work in the darkroom converting them to this format, including the proportions. But they're still entertaining - at least to me.

The arrangement here is how they were displayed on the wall, dry mounted on dark green board. Details on film, camera, lens, etc. are at the bottom of each large version, or...

... you can see a short narrative I wrote to accompany these here, and more on general processing, post-processing notes/disclaimers here.

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edition: 2011.12.20 | © robert liebermann
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1. Chatanika River, hills, and Moon.
Near the end of the pavement on the Steese Highway | April 05, 2009
Nikon F3 | Nikkor 24mm/2.8 AI, lens hood, no filter | exposure ~f16, 1/15" | Ilford Delta 100 not expired, frame 18a.
Printed at f11 for 60"(sky)/50"(hills)/40"(trees) with some dodging to dark trees at center. Filters: 30m (for hills, sky)/50m (for rest of photo), 0y. Enlarger head height 60cm.
What I like: the zigzagging partially obscured river, the obscured moon, the slight clouds.
scanned with cheap HP flatbed scanner
© Robert Liebermann


2. Black spruce, clouds, snow.
About 20 miles east of Chatanika | April 12, 2009
Olympus OM-2s | Olympus OM-Zuiko 50mm/1.8 with polarizer filter | exposure ~f16, 1/30"| Kodak Tri-X film (400) that expired in 2004, frame 10a.
Printed at f11 for 16" with some dodging to tree areas at center and ~10-16" additional burning to (mostly) right and lower sky areas. Filters: 30m (50m for sky burn), 0y. Enlarger head height 59cm.
What I like: The three different spruce boles, the off-centered clouds, the dark sky, the look of the horizontal trees, busy with branches, at center (the grain enhances the effect).
scanned with cheap HP flatbed scanner
© Robert Liebermann


3. Aufeis and forest reflection.
About 30 miles east of Chatanika | April 12, 2009
Nikkormat FTn | Nikkor-S 50mm/1.4 with UV filter, lens hood | exposure ~f16, 1/4" | Kodak Plus-X film (125) that expired in 2004, frame 17
Printed at f11 for 43" with dodging to the two tree trunks and their reflections at center and few seconds additional burning to the forest in background and 10-25" extra burning to the ice/water in foreground. Filters: 90m, 0y. Enlarger head height 60.5cm.
What I like: The exact centering horizontal & vertical, the reflections of course, the tree symmetry.
scanned with cheap HP flatbed scanner
© Robert Liebermann


4. Spruce emergence and aspen leaf.
About 45 miles north of Fox | April 18, 2009
Nikon F3 | Zoom-Nikkor 80-200/f4 at ~150mm with UV filter, lens hood in forest shade. | exposure ~f8, 1/8" | Agfa APX 25 film that expired in 2004, frame 17
Printed at f9.5 for 22" with some dodging to dark areas and additional burning to snow. Filters: 30m, 0y. Enlarger head height 61.3cm.
What I like: The look of the snow -- that's exactly late, large crystal wet snow on the retreat, the aspen leaf that moved a bit in the breeze and thus blurred, the low contrast detail and shading in the spruce.
scanned with cheap HP flatbed scanner
© Robert Liebermann


5. Winter vs. the boreal forest.
About 45 miles north of Fox | April 18, 2009
Contax RTS I | Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm/1.7, no filter or hood, in late day shade | Kodak Panatomic-X (32) film that expired in June 1981 and was stored in a heated office; shot at ASA 25 [ASA 25 rather than ISO 25 to compensate for film's date!], frame 18 | 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.
What I like: The whole photo! The shading and detail in the leaves, the fact that this film expired long before most students (the teacher even?) in the class were born (it was about the time that I had my first jr. high school photography class!)
scanned with cheap HP flatbed scanner
© Robert Liebermann


6. New Alaskan Birch.
About 30 miles north of Fox | April 18, 2009
Nikon F3 | Zoom-Nikkor 80-200/f4 at ~70mm with UV filter, lens hood | Agfa APX 25 film that expired in 2004, frame 29 | exposure: f9.5, 1/4"
Printed at f11 for 39" with some dodging to trees at edge of frame. Filters: 30m, 0y. Enlarger head height 59.2cm.
[title is a pun on 'New Soviet Man' and Betula neoalaskana; very obscure except to a botanist/Sovietologist like me; in reference to the Latin name of the tree and the bold 'socialist realist' angles i had in mind -- but this is NOT part of the title or info!]
What I like: the clumping, spreading to the top.
scanned with cheap HP flatbed scanner
© Robert Liebermann


7. Snow tires and tree shadows
About 30 miles north of Fox | April 18, 2009
Contax RTS I | Zeiss Distagon 35mm/2.8 with red 25 filter. | Kodak Panatomic-X film that expired in June 1981; shot at ASA 25, frame 12 | exposure: f16, 1/30"
Printed at f8 for 21" with slight additional burning to snow. Filters: 40m, 0y. Enlarger head height 60cm.
What I like: The shading, the perspective (perfect for 35mm lens!)

['Snow tires' are the melted rings around the base of the trees as spring comes, at least in Upper Michigan]
scanned with cheap HP flatbed scanner
© Robert Liebermann


8. Fox tracks and snow
Chatanika | April 12, 2009
Olympus OM-2s | Vivitar 28mm/2.8 (made by Komine), UV filter | Ilford Pan-F (50) not expired; frame 30a. | exposure: f11, 1/60"
Printed at f11 for 25". Filters: 30m, 0y. Enlarger head height 64cm
What I like: The tracks leading us out of the photo and series, the shadows and textures on the snow
scanned with cheap HP flatbed scanner
© Robert Liebermann