Cathy @ Work

I have been taking pictures for over twenty years with the major focus of my work being related to the outdoors. My pictures have appeared in various regional and national magazines in both editorial and advertising uses, and I have been selling pictures as fine art prints for more than a dozen years.

Photography is a passion and an avocation. I have little formal training in photography or other graphic arts, but I have been lucky enough to shoot with some very good photographers and in some wonderful locations. New Hampshire's White Mountains are a favorite destination for fall colors, and my native Virginia Piedmont shows up across the seasons and styles I have looked to photographers like Adams, Rowell and Wolfe, and to painters like Cézanne, Monet and O’Keefe for inspiration.

These days, I'm probably as busy shooting pictures of my daughter Elena as the outdoor scenics that used to get most of my attention, but now, when we can get a weekend away from Elena's swim, basketball or other activities we have started to get some hinking in. Elena took this picture of me at work on one of our trips, and she's also fond of taking the Canon G10 from my purse or desk and wandering outside to take pictures of flowers, the snow, or our terriers, Jane and Tasha.

Over the last several years I have completed my transition to the digital darkroom. Back in the traditional wet darkroom days, I printed on Cibachrome, and I still have a few of those Cibachrome prints in my collection and available as framed prints. Most of the prints in my current stock have been printed on an Epson 2200 or on my current primary printer, the Epson 3800. With current inks and papers, the Epson printers produce beautiful prints that testing shows should last for a long, long time. See the discussion here for more details, or check out the Luminous Landscape web site for news and discussion about the papers and printers.

Given the nature of the chemicals used in the Cibachrome process and the incredible control over the final print and the reproducability of the digital darkroom, I may never go back into the darkroom until it's time to teach Elena some "history" lessons and the true basics of how light is recorded to make a permanent image. I'm hanging on to my old Olympus, fully manual 35mm SLRs for the same reason. It will be hard to break Elena of the "press the shutter and look at the LCD" habbit.

Lately, I have started to explore using Photoshop's or more frequently LightRoom's black and white conversion capabilities and some of the new inkjet papers to produce some very interesting black and white images from my color originals. Here is a sample of the digital conversions with which I'm experimenting:

Snowy Trail #1
(The Kodachrome original)
"Magic" by LightRoom
Snowy Trail #1
(Toned Black & White)

Since my last update here, I have found that I am using my digital cameras more and more for the work that I used to do exclusively on film. Today's high end digital cameras may not provide quite as much detail and resolution as scanned 35mm transparencies, but the cost savings, immediate feedback and most importantly the improved quality possible with today's cameras has lead me to rely upon the digital cameras more and more and use film less and less. I stil love the feel of those film camera bodies and the sound of film rewinding when I know that the image is there waiting to be developed, but it's not a frequent experience these days.

Last Updated: 04/02/2009