A 5 minute pinhole exposure of my friends Celia & David.
I’ve written an iPhone app for pinhole photographers (and anybody else photographing with long exposures) called Pinhole Master. It uses the iPhone’s built-in camera as a light meter and computes/times the exposure required for your camera and film/paper combination. Customisable reciprocity failure compensation is included. The app’s goals are accuracy and efficient real-world use.
First worthwhile shot from my new Zero 45 at 50mm with Horseman 6×12 roll-film back. A windy day! T-Max 100 developed in Xtol 1:1, 6 1/2 minutes at 24 degrees. Just a basic Epson flatbed scan for now as my FlexTight is in for minor surgery.
Not the most exciting image but I spent a fair bit of time getting the tonal and colour rendition on this how I wanted it. Taken last winter on a very pleasant walk from Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach in Murramarang National Park. Fujifilm X100S, Merge HDR in Lightroom 6.
Out West is a set of nine pinhole images taken in August 2014 on a trip to outback NSW.
Far-western NSW may not register much these days on capital city consciousness but it’s an area central to the nation’s past prosperity. Wool exported to the “mother country” from large sheep stations serviced by steamers plying the Darling predates today’s mining boom. It’s a land of harsh extremes with remote outposts serviced by Cobb & Co coaches, the tracks of which still survive today in parts. There’s also a long history of aboriginal settlement in areas such as Mungo and Mutawintji. All this overlaid on the enduring landscape itself.
Out West is an attempt to capture in vignettes some of this history and landscape. In this I have continued my exploration of the pinhole medium, still learning how this camera “sees” and its applicability to this subject matter. I feel it’s only appropriate that this timeless region be rendered by means, and with treatment, suited to its antiquity.
The exhibition will be opened by Gordon Undy at 6pm on Thursday 26th February at the Huw Davies Gallery, Manuka Arts Centre and runs to 22nd March.
My submission to PhotoAccess’ On Film members’ exhibition, showing at the Huw Davies Gallery, Manuka Arts Centre from 29th January to 22nd February.
Silverton is an old mining town on the outskirts of Broken Hill with some fine, well-preserved buildings. In case it’s not obvious, this a reflection from across the street.
A semi-abstract from the dunes above Vigars Well in Mungo NP. Late afternoon.
OK, so it’s clichéd subject matter but even Ansel Adams was known to take a few of these in his off-days. A useful reminder that sharpness is more about light than anything else.