Downstream from the Waiau Falls in Coromandel, I climbed down the banks to try and capture the flow of the water. I normally don’t expose for too long when it comes to streams, but in this particular case I quite liked the effects. Would have been nicer on a sunnier day, but hey…
I remember shooting this photo very early in the morning, as an afterthought of sorts: I hoped the bird (a sort of cormorant if memory serves me correctly) would stand still long enough to not show up as an indistinct blur on the final shot. I got my wish (although there were four or five attempts).
*Pier 41 at Dawn*
Pier 41 in San Francisco is a wooden pier that juts out into the bay. It has these old fashioned lampposts that stay on all night, and last time I was in San Francisco I decided to check it out at dawn. It wasn’t an insanely superb sunrise, but the subdued colours were really lovely.
A good sunrise in Hawaii is worth a lot of sunrises elsewhere. I only saw a few of these, but boy were they impressive. This one, from Lanikai Beach was particularly stunning and I nearly missed it, because at beach level you couldn’t see the sun on the horizon…
*The Mists of Dawn*
When you shoot long exposures of a still body of water, you get a perfectly smooth and often reflective surface. But when you shoot a long exposure of waves, you get patterns and eddies. One interesting look that I definitely have not explored enough is this misty look that you get from a shortish long exposure (here 5s).
*Hedgehog on Film*
Canon A2 + Ilford Pan F
There’s a spectacular waterfall in the Jura mountains in France called Les Cascades du Hérisson (The Hedgehog Waterfall) and the river that flows from them is called (you guessed it) The Hedgehog (le Hérisson). Long exposure on film is tricky, but when all you’re after is 1/10s or thereabouts, Ilford Pan F is perfectly suited. I really like the results on this one.
I would have loved to do a long exposure shot of this zen garden at the back of Nijo Castle, but tripods were (understandably) not allowed, so I had to make do with stabilization. Still, I quite like the end result, benefiting from a rare ray of sunlight.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Ilford FP4+
When you have this kind of vista in front of you is when the xpan truly shines. I wish I’d had time to go and explore the beaches and coves shown here, but alas traveling for work rarely offers that option.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Rollei Redbird 400
I can’t say that this experiment with the Rollei Redbird was conclusive. The film is so grainy that most of the shots (including what I think might have been some good compositions) are useless. A few of them have low enough grain that I can tolerate it, and this one is one of those. I was fascinated by the tree and while I didn’t think the silhouette was going to be quite so stark, I like the end result a lot.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Agfa CT100
I really like Agfa CT100 slide, I think it’s probably my favourite colour film. Of course, its dynamic range is limited, but the colours are just gorgeous, as (I think) this seconds before sunrise shot shows. Makes for a beautiful yet quiet scene.