Being able to “crop” my images within the cameras viewfinder is a skill that I have yet to master. The french photographer Henri Cartier Bresson made it his practice to frame his images within the viewfinder and never crop in the darkroom. Now that is a skill – if not a gift.

All of the images I post on this blog are created in a traditional darkroom, scanned and then uploaded to the web.

I did crop this image in Adobe Lightroom and frankly the crop brought it back to life. My eyes are drawn to the bloom on the right yet they can’t help but search the left side of the frame – looking for something.

This weekend I will revisit this negative and crop the print with my easel. Tonight I will return to this subject and crop it with my viewfinder!

Silver gelatin print
Hasselblad 500c
Hasselblad 120 f4 CF Makro-Plannar
Ilford HP5, ISO 400
Lightrein 400ws strobe with translucent umbrella

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