Notes on The Lake Powell
I was fortunate enough to be invited to participate in Michael Reichmann’s Lake Powell Master Class in early April 2001. We traveled by van from Las Vegas to Lake Powell, via Zion National Park and then took a house boat out on Lake Powell for four days. We then drove to Bryce, stayed overnight and then spent a full day at Zion before returning to Las Vegas. The weather was cool and partly cloudy with occasional showers.
It was very stimulating to shoot with a group of other highly motivated and experienced photographers. We tended to spread out and work independently much of the time as we worked in a particular area, but spent a lot of time together in the early mornings and evenings talking shop and having a lot of fun. Some of the banter was very spirited, thanks particularly to Chris and Milton. I brought my Pentax 6x7 camera and with a full range of lenses and heavy tripod as well as the smaller Hasselblad XPan with its 45mm and 90mm lenses as a backup and for hand-held shooting. The Pentax system is heavy (about 35 lbs), but I love the big transparencies and have reconciled myself to working out before trips so I can haul it around.
When I got my film back after
the trip, I spent a pretty full day editing it down (I shot 21 rolls of 220 and
8 rolls of 35mm) and scanning on my Imacon FlexTight Photo. I then edited the
images using Picture Window Pro. For the most part this consisted of converting
the files to a wide gamut working color space, cropping, touching up dirt
specks, adjusting the brightness curve, making saturation and selective color
adjustments, and in some cases mild unsharp masking. I have tended to exaggerate
the colors somewhat to achieve a more painterly effect, but these images are
still works in progress.
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Jonathan Sachs is president of
Digital Light and
Color, and author of the image processing program Picture
2001 Jonathan Sachs