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O'Neil Lake, Leaves in the Sand

Just as quickly as it arrived, Photostock 2012 has already passed, and that nearly year long wait begins again.


This year's Photostock was one of the greatest years, featuring an all-star lineup of photographers, workshops, demonstrations, TWO kegs of Oberon, a dynamite print swap, and, of course, some of the best scenery and cleanest air this side of the Mississippi!


One of my absolute favorite places to visit every time I'm up here is O'Neil Lake. It's got clear, calm waters, tons of old cedars and reeds to reflect in that water, and if you arrive early enough and get lucky (I didn't), you can catch some dreamy mist hovering over the lake.


Today's image is the last of the Photostock group, and probably the single most "un-Mat-like" one of them. While running back to my car across pelting rain over the sand, I was arrested by the most serene little grouping of leaves. The sand had taken on a completely different look than normal, and these leaves appeared unaffected by the downpour all around them. If they could take the heavy rains, certainly an 8x10 could do the same! This was also a great exercise in split-second decision making, calculating bellows extension (almost 4 stops!), and playing in the rain.


Eastman Commercial B 8x10

Goerz 14" Red Dot Artar f/9

15 sec. @ f/16 + front fall, back tilt

Ilford HP5+ @ 400, N Dev. (13 min. @ 70 Deg. F)

Obisdian Aqua 1:500 in trays

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Taken on July 7, 2012