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Old 21st March 2009, 06:40 PM
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Default What Is Your Favorite Stage Of Making A Photograph?

This question was asked of William Giles, a former student of Minor White and then retired director at the MIT photography dept, at a lecture about his work and Minor White's at the old Ansel Adam's Gallery on Cannery Row in Monterey 9 years ago. He quickly answered "all of it!" .. Really? I thought.. That was when I was just getting into B&W processing / printing at home and I definitely had a preference for the printing from a neg stage. Then some time later, being out in nature capturing the image was my favorite stage as it was when others were processing my color prints. Then after teaching myself to tone, that final stage of toning was my fav stage.. At one point, even processing film was a fav stage.. now, years later, I'm starting to understand William Giles' answer when he said "all of it!". That early stage; capturing the image and the final stage; toning a print, seem to be tops for me right now, but printing from a neg probably holds the long-term fav for me. What about you guys?
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Old 21st March 2009, 06:48 PM
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I must still be in my infancy because its the processs of getting to "Seeing the image" stage that does if for me. That's not to say I don't enjoy the printing stage as the viewing the final print comes a pretty close second. If it wasn't for the way I get to the final print being a rewarding process, then I might go to the light side. Or is that printing on the light side is un-rewarding?
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I think I agree with you Victor; it's all of it. How could I miss being, say, in a wonderful lakeland scene as the sun rises, pushing through the mist. Feeling that chill of the air, but the luxorious warmth of the scene as nature unfolds it before you. The thrill of pressing the shutter, knowing you've preserved what you've seen and felt.
And the developing stage. You know what's on the negs. The anticipation is sweet agony; making sure everything is right - temperature, dilutions, timing etc., until you see those negs on the lightbox.
And the printing brings all that to life. All the little decisions that result in the print that you 'saw' that morning.
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All of it for me too :-)

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Old 22nd March 2009, 08:45 AM
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For me also it's the whole process, but I will admit that film processing is my least favorite part, more than made up for when I get my first look at (HOPEFULLY) perfectly processed and exposed negitives.Richard
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1. Seeing a great negative as I look at freshly developed film.
2. Seeing the image on the wall, nicely framed and properly lit.

I love taking images immensely but feel such a thrill when I see negs that hit me as the original scene did. The imaged, finished as I wish others to see it, is the culmination of everything invested up till that point.
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1. Seeing a great negative as I look at freshly developed film.
2. Seeing the image on the wall, nicely framed and properly lit.

I love taking images immensely but feel such a thrill when I see negs that hit me as the original scene did. The imaged, finished as I wish others to see it, is the culmination of everything invested up till that point.
I could not have put it better myself Tom.
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I guess my least favourite part is film processing and making contact sheets, but it is a necessary thing to do. I like the taking of the photographs stage and the finished print stage the most, but really I do enjoy almost all of it.
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Seeing and holding the print; that for me is a different, a new reality to the scene I photographed. It may be a good facsimile to what I photographed but nonetheless it is a new reality in the stillness of time.

The print is the end result, the culmination of all ones emotions.
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I think I agree with you Victor; it's all of it. How could I miss being, say, in a wonderful lakeland scene as the sun rises, pushing through the mist. Feeling that chill of the air, but the luxorious warmth of the scene as nature unfolds it before you. The thrill of pressing the shutter, knowing you've preserved what you've seen and felt.
And the developing stage. You know what's on the negs. The anticipation is sweet agony; making sure everything is right - temperature, dilutions, timing etc., until you see those negs on the lightbox.
And the printing brings all that to life. All the little decisions that result in the print that you 'saw' that morning.
Wonderful.
Absolutely the best time you can have with your clothes on!
I think this just about covers it for me, too. Photography is a process and I enjoy all of it, although there is something special when that final, finished print re-triggers the memory of the scene and all the non-photographic elements (smell, sounds, temperature etc.) I experienced at that time.

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