Photographer's Note

Rifle Falls was one of my favorite hangouts in Colorado's western slope until the recent wave of oilshale drilling, which if not carefully monitored, will ruin the northwestern part of the state. When this photo was taken property was dirt cheap and now with the boom, it is out of sight. I hate boom and bust cycles. Denver has historically been a boom and bust economy but we recently have became much more economically diversified.

I may have used Fujichrome 50 rather than Velvia. I am not sure. They were similar films but Velvia had more color saturation and richer blacks. I suspect that this film was Fujichrome 50. This was a bitterly cold post Christmas day but I liked the fact that people were standing on the edge of the overlook and I didn't want to miss this opportunity to include them in the photograph. This is my last post of my mini "Ice Age" series and I will conclude the Stock Show Series next.

My analog to digital conversions have sometimes been criticized for their "lack of sharpness", but I have had bad luck when I have oversharpend images created from transparencies. Slides are a completely different "animal" than digital images and I think that newer photographers should appreciate them for what they are rather than to compare these two mediums all of the time. A well scanned and processed transparency can give the best digital images a real run for the money when it comes to creating large prints. Film was not designed for the tiny compressed web-based digital images and it suffers much more from resizing and compression. At 500k and 1200 pixels you couldn't tell the difference between the two mediums. I only shoot digital now and I like it and will never go back to film, but in 1991 this was the finest color film technology available. This photograph has stood the test of time in my opinion.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Stan Obert (scobert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1170 W: 17 N: 1848] (5355)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1991-12-28
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
  • Details: Tripod: Yes
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-02-05 22:51
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Points: 52
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