First of all, apologies for the (bad) digital image...
So, the faithful hound and I headed out for a little expedition yesterday afternoon, feeling a bit low, so I thought a little camp out and the potential of a good set of morning photo's might cheer me up. We just hit the road blindly to see where we'd end up, all I was hoping for was a nice picture of some star-trails, slightly moon lit landscape, and that sickly colour of Velvia 50 at night time ("reciprocity green"? :P)... and, hopefully a nice sunrise to cap it off.
We ended up spending the night at this wonderful spot that I'd come across a few years ago, but never managed to get back to. Anyone in Vic would have known star-trails were out of the question last night, and up here, so was a good sunrise, the cloud was just too thick. I did manage to get a couple nice images of interesting cloud patterns over the hills (I hope), and a nice one of the valley as some light broke through (again, 'I hope', I'll develop some this afternoon). After I thought the light had done everything it was going to do (it was now two hours past sunrise), I headed back to the car for breaky, slightly damp, but feeling much better... until, with beans and coffee boiling, I saw this:
Now, this isn't as good as it got, I saw it, thought "oh crap", because my gear was packed back into the car (it was raining), breakfast was on the verge of burning, so I took this quick snap with my phone. I didn't feel too bad, because I figured that the clouds would have closed up again by the time I would have been able to get my camera out again anyway... but that wasn't the case, I got to sit and eat breakfast in the drizzle watching this amazing play of light for a good fifteen minutes! How exciting, and yet, utterly disappointing at the same time.
It reminded me of a question I was going to post here earlier in the week, about when to photograph, and when to just enjoy and appreciate what you're seeing. I'll pop that up another day, but for now, I'd love to hear some 'The one that got away' stories from you lot! Was it because you didn't have your camera on hand, or you did, but like me, thought nothing more would happen?
nice image there ... had you been using neg I'm sure you'd have got those clouds better ...
one that got away ... too many.
One day I was standing on the ridge at Binna Burra over looking the road in from the north and saw a beautiful lighting of the valley to the west of Egg rock. I had my OM1 with me and was taking pictures as I noticed the wind on was ... funny. A quick whirl of the film rewind revealed there was no film in the camera .. sigh
well anyway to make me feel better heres a shot years later from the same place (only looking a little more east to Egg Rock) with film in my film holder using my Toho. Taken with RDP-III (before I swore off chromes in Australian light)
I can remember years ago. Stopped by the river, carefully walked down to the river, trout everywhere. Went back to the car, threaded up the fly rod,back to the river. Nothing...... Nice shot however, where is it?
I'm not sure exactly what the place is called, or if it even has a name, but I first heard about it from a local who called it the "Valley of a thousand hills". It's on the Broadford - Flowerdale road, about an hour or so North of Melbourne.
I just pulled the first sheet of b&w out of the wash, it looks not bad so far. A couple more to come, maybe I'll scan one in over the weekend, if any are good enough! Will be very interested to see how the transparencies turned out, I'm waiting 'till I've got a few full holders to drop in at once though, don't want the same issues I had last week with the wrong sides getting developed!
When I moved to Melbourne in 1999 I almost lived just out of Flowerdale.
Looks like a nice town, I've only seen it from a high-up distance though. Apparently we've got family friends from my partners side who live down there, must go pay them a visit one day.
"I'm waiting 'till I've got a few full holders to drop in at once though, don't want the same issues I had last week with the wrong sides getting developed!"
how are you developing? BTZS tubes?
G'day Pellicle, my E6 I drop in to Vanbar (local lab), but I've had a few problems recently with them developing the wrong side of a holder that I'd only taken one shot on... even after making sure the sales girl was clear on which side was exposed, AND she'd put a little yellow sticker on it... So that's why I generally like to wait until I have a few to drop down (usually a couple holders and a handful of 120's), even though it's not that far from home, it seems a shame heading down there early, then going back again in the afternoon just for one image.
B&W on the other hand, I process in PVC tubes. I've read about the BTZS ones, they sound like a good setup, have you used them?
now I get it with respect to 'wrong side ... yes I use the BTZS, but aside from the lid having exactly the right amount for d-76 I can't think of any reason why they'd be any different to (home baked) PVC tubes..
I'm slightly sad that E-6 is easy and cheap to develop but C-41 is getting hard in the Gold Coast and costs $19 in Brisbane (because I'm now a firm "believer" in C-41) for outdoor light.
Interesting blog... I have been using colour negative rather than colour slide for a while now (although I don't shoot much colour). Prolab in South Brisbane charges the same for E6 or C41 - $10 for 4x5.
Wow, and I thought it was pricey down here! I just checked my last invoice, single E6 sheets (4x5) are $6, -20% VIP discount, +GST which comes out to, what, $5.28 per sheet? (but they charge $5.25) I'm pretty sure their C41 is the same price, I've only got their price list from '06, where everything is actually more expensive than it currently is. I might have to ask them what their C41 prices for 4x5 are, maybe you guys could save a packet by posting a pox of exposed negs down to us Melbourne guys to get processed :P
I picked up a small pack of 160S for a portrait session coming up, although I'm sure it's not the ideal film for landscape, I might save a couple sheets for a contrastier scene that would be out of the hands of transparencies.
Ahhh, just started to read that your post Pellicle, and noticed you used 160S for that test, hmmm, that's got me thinking even more about running a couple sheets off next chance I get.
thanks for the info on Prolab ... they left a sour taste on my tounge after rooting up some HIE sent to them some years ago. It was very clearly air bubbles on the film during the development.
Last I checked their prices (2 years ago now) their price was higher for C-41 ... nice to see they've equalized them now. As I live some 70Km south its a drive up there to get it done, which does not always appeal.
but my thanks for turning my prejudiced head back in that direction. I'll give them another look on my next batch
if the prices are as you say, postage to there vs postage to brisso will be just as good.
I don't get Prolab to do much for me, but they haven't cocked up any of my stuff yet (fingers crossed!)
I am not sure there are (m)any other options for sheet film C41 in Brisbane now... which is why we need more film shooters up here!