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Interior of slave cabin, Booker T Washington National Monument
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Paul Glover



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Registered: August 2013
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Shot of the inside of a former slave cabin (probably a kitchen quarters) located at Booker T Washington National Monument in Moneta, Virginia.


The site was a typical Southern plantation of the mid-1800s and is now a National Monument dedicated to Booker Taliaferro Washington (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booker_T_Washington) who was born there a few years before the American Civil War and in his later life rose to prominence as one of the early leaders of the post-emancipation African-American community.
Date: Thu, 24, October, 2013 Views: 2632
Filesize: 39.2kb, 98.4kb Dimensions: 990 x 999
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Keywords: Interior of slave cabin, Booker T Washington National Monument
Film make, size & rating:: Kodak Tri-X. 120.
Film developer & temp:: D76 1:1.5, 72F
Lens Focal Length, aperture & speed:: 80mm
Tripod used Y or N:: Yes
Paper:: Ilford MGIV VC RC Glossy
Paper developer & temp:: Ansco/Formulary 130

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vincent

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Registered: December 2008
Location: Co. Kildare Ireland
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Fri, 25, October, 2013 4:32pm

Terrific detail held throughout Paul in what must have been a difficult lighting situation.

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Mike O'Pray
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Registered: October 2008
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Fri, 25, October, 2013 8:39pm

Did the window require burning-in to show detail or was it a straight print? The difference between the print exposure for detail in the corner of the cabin and detail in the outside must have been quite large.


This print seems to be a testament to the strategy to make the dark shadows ZIV. It has an openess in the shadows that I'd be surprised if ZIII could give but I might be wrong.



Any details on exposure and printing would be appreciated


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Derek Lincoln

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Registered: September 2008
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Sat, 26, October, 2013 10:56am

This picture has an atmosphere of loneliness, which suits the subject knowing the story you give Paul. As Mike says there is quite an exposure difference in the shot that has been handled well.


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SimonNOTTS

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Registered: January 2013
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Mon, 28, October, 2013 3:48pm

Great shot and print! Can really feel all the different textures of wood. Love the little details of garlic, shovel and hook. The table, open window and stool give it some real depth.


Did you consider a tighter crop? i.e. portrait, from just to the right of the garlic to the left of the stoll (excluding the fire place). I like square format anyway but didn't know if this changed/improved/altered the print in anyway? All food for thought.


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KevinAllan
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Fri, 1, November, 2013 7:35am

Terrific content and exposure. I think Simon's suggestion of a crop is a good one, since the area to the right of the garlic doesn't add anything extra

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Paul Glover

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Wed, 6, November, 2013 5:27pm

Thanks all! I've been sticking with square prints lately, but tend to agree that this would have worked better as a vertical crop. I cropped in a little because the fireplace was somewhat distracting, but kept it square. I might try again sometime with more floor and ceiling, and horizontally covering from just left of the shovel to just right of the hanging garlic.


It was a tricky exposure. Quite dimly lit interior (just that one window and a low door), compounded by the dark browns of the walls. Outside was full late afternoon sunshine on trees. Used a deep red #29 filter on the theory that it would darken the brightly lit outside greenery while not affecting the interior tones as much. Also, it got me down to an exposure time which I can deal with in bulb mode, as the old Yashica A has no timed speeds slower than 1/25th. I may have had an 8x ND on there too. I think I exposed as EI200 on Tri-X (am at work now so can't pull the negatives to check my notes on that). Development was nothing overly unusual: D76 1:1.5, normal agitation, time adjusted for the EI and temperature in the low 70s *F.


Honestly can't remember where I placed shadows, I did use the 7.5 degree partial metering attachment on my Luna Pro F and dialed in my usual 8x filter factor for the #29. Often I'll aim for shadows at about -2 on the meter (so, zone III). Was into reciprocity failure with the exposure time; I use the Howard Bond reciprocity tables and they seem to work reasonably well for Tri-X and HP5+.


(As an aside: I really need to take better notes of how I shot scenes where I take time over getting it set up and exposed properly. It's not like I'd be adding much time to the process when I take several minutes for the shot!)


The print is mostly straight on Ilford MGIV RC at grade #2 using an old Kodak polycontrast filter set. I wanted the window to barely hold detail, to convey the brightness outside but still show that there is something out there. I've been taking the approach of exposing a local test strip in a bright area of interest, in this case 3 or 4 very narrow bands running top to bottom on the window, at grade #1. With an idea of my exposure for that area and knowing that the (grade 2) contact strip looked decent, I ran larger strips at grades 1 2 and 3, covering the window and dark corner area. Initially felt that #1 wasn't enough and #2 was too dark, so tried #1.5; ended up settling on grade 2 anyway.


First work print was close but the floor area (which was lit from an open door to my left) was very bright and distracting, right there in the bottom corner. I burned that area in for 2-3 seconds at grade 1, enough to make it less eye-grabbing without becoming unnatural. Left the window and table untouched.


Print development was in Ansco 130 at 1:1 dilution (though being RC paper, I can't say if the developer makes much difference overall).

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