Making of the Picture

Dale M Reid Photography - Elegance Calla Lys Noir #2. 2014
Elegance Calla Lys Noir #2. 2014
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Insight on Approach to Creating My Artwork

I always have used film in my photography and never had the desire or need to switch to a digital camera and processing.

For me creating an image is a process; it starts before the shutter clicks and ends with the final printed image. My approach to this process is very tactile.

After giving consideration to the selection of the subject and before I push the shutter button, I will look through the viewfinder at the subject composing and developing my statement. I will take into account a number of factors including lighting, positioning, selecting a filter, etc. Also, I will consider my printing requirements. This hands-on approach allows me to make my statement and imbue my personality in the image.

In the darkroom I will continue with my tactile approach as I select a number of elements from cropping, exposure, filters, dodging and burning to complete my statement and personality.

Seeing the image coming alive in front of you is such a heart-warming feeling.

I believe by using film and traditional darkroom techniques allow me to present an image with depth, emotional, energy and a connection. In some cases, I have been able to take my photography to a level to look like sketches. This has allowed me to fulfill the objective of making my artwork uniquely different.


The photographer uses a Mamiya RZ67 Professional II medium format camera with a series of Mamiya lenses (Sekor Z 50mm f/4.5W, Sekor Z 110mm f/2.8W and M 180mm f/4.5 L SB. For printing, the photographer uses an Omega Pro-Lab 4 x 5 enlarger.


The photographer exclusively uses ILFORD Delta 100 Professional black and white film. ILFORD Delta 100 Professional is a medium speed, fine grain, black and white film. The film is ideal for pictorial and fine art photography.

Processing, Printing & Framing

After a high quality lab (Toronto Image Works) processes the film, the photographer spends many hours in the darkroom to bring out the feeling and essence of what was viewed. Using dodging and burning techniques, the photographer hand prints the images on a premium quality black & white paper. This paper is not a developer-incorporated paper, thus it is processed in conventional black & white chemistry. Using this process and the quality paper, photographs will last more than fifty years when displayed or stored in an appropriate manner.

The photographer prefers using the traditional method of processing because it allows for capturing the true details of the photograph. With the exception of dodging and burning, the photographer is recording what has been seen when the shot was taken. Nothing is removed from the picture.

With the exception of studio work, the photographer uses existing lighting and traditional processing to better allow for the printing of the image. It is a wonderful feeling as the image comes alive during its developmenet.

Photographs are professionally framed/ matted using archival materials by Images & Frames.

Studio and Darkroom Facilities

The Dale M Reid photography studio is located at 146 Thirtieth Street, Toronto, Canada.

The studio is opened by appointment or special events.

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Dale M. Reid
Contemporary Fine Art Photography
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146 Thirtieth Street
Studio 230
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. M8W 3C4
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#1013 - 2261 Lake Shore Blvd W
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