February, 2011

A Little Late Winter Wildlife

So, Spring can’t get here fast enough for me. There is still over a foot of snow on the ground and it seems like it’s going nowhere fast. The temperatures are still not quite getting above freezing most days. It’s got to break soon right? I went out to see what birds are around (still mostly winter birds) and to try to get some photographs of them. Before I left the yard a Brown Creeper was coming to the suet feeder. He allowed a fairly close approach and I got a decent photo. I then drove around Hamer and Roberts and found a few other things including Moose, Antelope, quite a few Eagles, and an accommodating Merlin. Here are some photographs.

Brown Creeper, Rexburg, ID 2011

Young Moose, Roberts, ID 2011

Pronghorn Antelope on Railroad Tracks, Hamer, ID 2011

Merlin, Hamer, ID 2011

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387 Cows (at least that’s my best count) Egin, ID 2011

I tried to count these cows. I think there’s around 387.

Around 387 Cows, Egin, ID 2011

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Salted Paper Prints

I haven’t made many Salted Paper Prints, but we decided to do them this semester in my historical processes course. Salted Paper Prints are among the earliest photographic process. It was used by William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the two main characters involved in the invention of photography. Basically you paint a piece of paper with salt water, let it dry, and then paint the salted paper with silver nitrate. You then expose the paper in contact with a negative to ultraviolet light for a few minutes. Develop in water tone or don’t tone (usually with gold chloride), fix, then wash.

We’ve had pretty good success so far. Here’s two different versions of a test print I made for class.

Cahal Pech, Belize, 2010 (Untoned Salted Paper Print 2011)

Cahal Pech, Belize, 2010 (Gold-toned Salted Paper Print 2011)

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