Ranching in the San Juan Mountains

On a rare overcast morning in southwest Colorado, a rancher rounds up the last stray cattle just before daybreak. Having set out to shoot landscapes that morning, I was carrying only very slow, 50 speed film. To keep my shutter speed high enough to freeze the rider in the low light, I intentionally underexposed the film by two stops. Back in the lab, I then overdeveloped the film to correct the underexposure. This process, called “pushing” increases grain and contrast, often to undesireable levels. However, certain compositions like this can benefit from the gritty, painterly qualities the process imparts.


Additional Information

All prints are double matted and framed using conservation materials.

Print sizes are for the photographic material only and do not include the dimensions for the mat and frame. Finished sizes are:
print size = 16″ x 24″, framed size = 23″ x 31″
print size = 24″ x 36″, framed size = 36″ x 48″
print size = 30″ x 45″, framed size = 42″ x 57″