The Edge of the Wood

The Edge of the Wood

Editorial comments on this plate:

We present our readers, this week, with a reproduction of landscape work by the Editor of our magazine. Mr. Adams’ editorial duties leave him little time for out-of-door work with his camera, especially at this season of the year; but when, on rare occasions, a pleasant holiday gives opportunity for a photographic outing, he delights to depict the favorite scenes about his picturesque home in Montclair, New Jersey, with camera and lens. The conditions must always be favorable, however, or the outing will result only in a healthful tramp; for his pictures are previously selected on walks or rides when the camera cannot be used, and mental notes are made of the time of day and year when the conditions will be most favorable for photographing the scenes with best effect, and they are never attempted unless these conditions prevail. It therefore sometimes happens that a favorite view is re-visited many times before the actual photograph is made.
“The Edge of the Wood” was photographed on a pleasant afternoon during last October, a Carbutt “Lightning” plate being used and a Gundlach single view lens. The plate was developed with eikonogen weak in alkali, for it has been found by experiment that when eikonogen is used with the sulphite of soda of commerce, (which is, of course, not quite pure, and contains some carbonate) no other alkali is required, and a peculiarly soft effect is produced on the negative. Mr. Adams always uses an American Optical Company’s reversible back view camera, his favorite size being the full plate (6½ x 8½ inches.)
The photo-gravure reproduction, which renders the negative so satisfactorily, was made by the New York Photo-Gravure Company. It makes an appropriate illustration for the magazine at this season of the year, when the woods are brown and the leaves are dead or dying.

The Edge of the Wood

Image Dimensions13.9 x 18.5 cm | published December 5, 1890 | issue No. 481

Support Dimensions20.5 x 28.7 cm