Photographer's Note


I took this photo in Yuanyang during my practice on digital. By luck, I have been transported to the right place by the time the sun still hide itself behind the mountain range on the opposite side of the valley. Later, it sent the advanced rays first to warm up the clouds, piece by piece, before lighting up the whole area...

3 months prior to my arrival, Maciej Tomczak had been here. Not only photographed the terraced fields, he even wrote an essay to share with us his experience. While his essay is going to be published on the Canadian magazine photolife soon, it appears here with author’s permission. The title and its entire text are copyright. Please enjoy…


The Art of Rice ••••••

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(Continued from previous days)

All the photographs in this article were taken using 35mm slide film. The film was scanned to 48 bit TIFF files by a 5400dpi slide scanner using 4x resampling to reduce digital noise. The image tonalities were adjusted using Picture Window Pro — a superb, fully-featured, 16bit digital darkroom application, worthy much wider recognition. My workflow is colour-managed, though some colour compensation in Picture Window Pro is sometimes necessary to make prints look decent. As a part of the workflow, digital scanning noise and film grain were reduced with Neat Image — another amazing piece of software, which, if used sparingly and thoughtfully, allows for printing surprisingly big enlargements from 35mm frames.



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