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Stack at Mariscal

This is a stack at the old Mariscal Mine in Big Bend National Park, Texas. You access the mine, which closed in the ’40’s, by taking about a 25 mile drive down a dirt road. The camera I used was a Hasselblad SWC of around the 1980’s. It only has a permanently attached 38mm Carl Zeiss Biogon lens, around 25mm in the terms we’re mostly used to with smaller formats. I used Rollei Infrared film and this shot was rated at an effective 3 ISO. The exposure was based on the measurement of an earlier subject’s shadow areas using a Pentax 1 degree analog spot meter. The light hadn’t changed, so I used the same exposure. With this camera you do not have a ground glass on which to focus, so you pretty much use the lens’s distance scale. In this case, at f22, infinity was fine. It was shot through a really dark red filter to get only the IR radiation to the film. The filter is so dark you can glance at the sun through it briefly. I used f22 and 2 seconds. Notice the darkened sky and somewhat lightened foliage, what there is of it, anyway. This is a scan of a resin-coated print with absolutely no digital enhancements apart from whatever the scanning process may perform. I’ll make a better print of it on fiber-based paper soon for sale at the art fairs we attend. It will look much better than the resin-coated version.