Landscape, nature, and documentary photographer
Peter Randall is a landscape, nature, and documentary photographer who works out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Most of his images have appeared in magazines and in ten published books of his work.
Publisher assignment for a book project on the Isles of Shoals, islands off the coast of Portsmouth.
Photograph wildlife, landscape, and human activities on the nine islands. Rare in northern New England is a colony of large wading birds, in this case Snowy Egrets. The effort involved constructing a bird blind on the off-shore island and weekly trips, beginning in early May, to photograph during the nesting season.
“This is a Tri-X image made with a 1000mm Nikkor mirror lens from the bird blind. Even with a fixed aperture of f11, this lens has very little depth of field so if a bird moved its head it would be out of focus. The feeding process happens quickly so the technique used was mostly focus, shoot; refocus, shoot; etc., and hope for a sharp image.”
“The film was digitized using a Nikon Super Coolscan 4000 and adjusted in Photoshop CS3.”
“The prints for a related exhibit were output on Red River's UltraPro Satin paper at 13 x 19 on an Epson 3800 printer. The Ultra Pro Satin's surface provided a clean, lustrous, graduated black and white tone that kept both shadow detail in the vegetation and highlight detail in the birds.”