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Dick Arentz, an Arizona-based photographer, produces some of the world’s most impractical photographs. (Starland Drive In II, WV is pictured.) For starters, Arentz uses an antique camera to make enormous, 12-inch-by-12-inch negatives. Then he produces contact prints by using the platinum-palladium process—an almost comically difficult procedure that yields dreamily subtle textures. Although some of his images at the Troyer Gallery look much like the work of other skilled black-and-white shutterbugs, the photos that feature only small gradations in tone shimmer with special beauty. In Snow (Church), Rico, California, for instance, Arentz cleverly captures a white-painted church after a winter snowstorm has dumped another layer of white on top. In Pond, Rockaway Beach, Oregon, he photographs a moodily reflective pond where water merges easily, and imperceptibly, with sky. And in 1996’s Gondolas, Venice, Italy, Arentz’s long exposure turns ordinary boats, rising and sinking with the tide, into ghostly apparitions. With only 10 images on display, “Platinum & Palladium Photographs” leaves one wishing for more. Arentz shares an exhibition with Marie Ringwald, a longtime professor at Washington’s Corcoran College of Art and Design, who creates models of architectural facades. The show is on view from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, to Saturday, March 30, at Troyer Gallery, 1710 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 328-7189. (Louis Jacobson)