The first image I posted of this scene was taken with the HolgAngulon 612 Pan and this one with the Harman TItan 4x5 pinhole, which has a much wider angle of view and much greater depth of field (but of course, no lens-just a f/256 tiny hole). After giving my recent film work in the last year some thought, I came to the conclusion that my creativity and actual productivity has been enhanced by not having to deal with a darkroom. Since learning to process my own film in the late 70's, I had always had a darkroom, enlargers, and all the requisite chemistry to make prints. It was always the case that I had many negatives waiting to be printed, to this day, some have never seen printing. Rauhallinen farm is sans a darkroom, nor do I want one. The ability do digitalize negatives by scanning on the Epson V750 Pro Scanner and then use Photoshop CC to perfect my vision is so much more reinforcing for a number of reasons. No chemicals to mix or stick my hands in, in addition to having so many options to manage the image, vs. just dodging and burning, or changing paper grades in the traditional processing within the darkroom. With time, patience, and choosing the right papers, the results can be just as rewarding as a wet print. I never have things waiting around to be printed now. I still want to learn alternative printing processes from the turn of the century, but can do this with sunlight or a light box and still not require a darkroom. Now that I am a cancer survivor, I am much more conscious of what I stick my hands in.
The 14 inches of snow we had is about half gone in a melt, which is what I hate about winter in the lower half of our state-snow, melt. snow-a dirty mushy mess most of the time. Once winter starts in earnest here in the Upper Peninsula, it is beautiful and clean-no slop or dirty snow. Each season is well defined and summers are not humid and unbearable with heat. Just to my liking. If it becomes too much for me, now that my son is in a beautiful part of California, I will have other no snow options, but for the time being, I am quite able to manage here.