Don Dudenbostel first achieved recognition as a journalistic photographer at the University of Tennessee. His work was published in Newsweek, Esquire, and other national publications, and one was among Esquire Magazine's top photos of the year. In 1975 he studied with Ansel Adams. He received earned his Tennessee Professional Certification in photography in 1981 and earned his master of Photography degree in 1985.
The Technique of Creating Radiographs
Dudenbostel uses different equipment, depending on the subject being x-rayed. For images of flora, he uses custom-made equipment that emits a very low level of radiation. For shells he uses conventional x-ray equipment. He uses high-speed photographic films and medical mammography film. The specimen is placed directly on top of the film in the position required to see the image. An x-ray tube is placed directly above the specimen image. The resulting radiographic negatives are developed in the traditional photographic method, using a higher contrast developer. The resulting negatives are not well suited to the traditional photographic print process. He therefore makes a high-resolution digital scan and prints the resulting file using an archival carbon-printing system on 100-percent rag watercolor paper.