*The Lower Pool*
Fuji TX2 + Fuji Velvia 100
With the film camera of course, I did not have stabilization, and I didn’t have time and inclination to set up a tripod. So it was handheld, but on this shot, I think, the wide vista works well. Of course, there are tourists in the shot, but who am I to begrudge tourists? I am one myself…
*Cabin in the North*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Rollei RPX25
For my first ever attempt at shooting RPX25 I didn’t make it easy on myself: in the midst of the Nuuksio forest on an overcast day, and accounting for reciprocity failure, I often had exposure times of 30-45 seconds. As a consequence the results were hit and miss. But when they hit, it was amazing. The level of fine detail that this film retains is just amazing. This one is my favourite shot, an abandoned cabin in the woods.
*The Birch is Dead*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra 160
One of the things that really impressed me in the wilderness of the Nuuksio forest was the number of fallen trees. In a forest as dense as this, it gives you a sense of the violence of the storms that must strike the forest in the winter. I was particularly stoked by the white bark of this dead birch against the deep green background of the forest.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra 160
Light does interesting things inside a forest, or at least it certainly did in Nuuksio. The environment is so dark that despite the overcast sky, when there’s a small clearing it looks sunny. That’s what I wanted to capture here where this huge rock formation created a no-tree zone, letting the light in.
*Kingdom of Moss*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra160
Having gone to Helsinki in November for work (apparently, according to the sign at Helsinki airport, that makes me a hero) I took advantage of a sunday off to head out to Nuuksio National Park, about an hour from the city center by public transport. I walked for a few hours in the wilderness, overcome by greens, moss and more trees and logs than you can shake a stick at. Oh, and boulders. Good thing I had my tripod with me because there was clearly not enough light for handheld photography.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Ilford Pan F
Ganagobie abbey is an old monastery and abbey located in upper Provence. It’s lost in the middle of the dry, sparse forest characteristic of that region. I’m not sure it was all olive trees and lavender, but that’s what the legend would probably say anyway. I was quite taken by the alleyway leading to the majestic entrance, and I wanted to give it the XPAN treatment, so there you go.
*Sheep Pen on Top*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Ektachrome E100
There was a stone sheep house at the top of the Rhune as well as rocks, cairns, pottok ponies and (of course), sheep. I took this wide shot to get a better sense of how it all fit together, with a nice hazy delineation of the mountains in the background.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak E100 Ektahcrome
At the top of the plateau of the Rhune, many many little stone cairns were set up. I don’t think there’s anything authentic or traditional about it, I got the impression it was just something that some tourists started doing, and others followed suit. But it gave the landscape an interesting quasi-mystical vibe that I really liked.
Fuji XT2 (XPAN) + Kodak E100 Ektachrome
In order to get to the Rhune summit, you can take a famous cablecar that’s been running for close tu 100 years, or you can walk. We did the former. On top is a flat, rocky expanse where the Pottocks and some sheep graze peacefully. I don’t know how full of tourists it normally is, but when we were there is was quiet and very peaceful. That’s what I tried to reflect in this picture.
*From the Rhune*
XPAN 2 + Kodak E100
In August I spent a week in the Basque country, probably one of my favourite places in France. We went up the Rhune, one the low peaks west of the Pyrénées, near the Basque coast. It was still magnificent. It was my first ever roll of new Kodak E100, and to be honest it came out way more subdued than what I expected. I still like the result a lot all in tones of greens and blues.