Long exposure black and white landscape

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    I have recently taken up 4x5 black and white photography and have enjoyed using sheet film again. I purchased an old 300mm f/10 process lens that does not have a shutter. However providing there is no or little wind I am able to do long exposures using the lens cap as a shutter. The following image of Mountain Ash and Treeferns taken near my home in Victoria, Australia was taken on Fomapan 100 with an exposure of 15mins @ f/90. I am really enjoying the perspective of this lens and the deliberate nature of large format photography.
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    Good on you mate! It gives you time to reflect and be with nature
     
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    Wow - great image! I'm hoping to start shooting more 4x5 myself, just need to get my camera CLAd before I can do so.
     
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    Peter are you Australian? Where is Fairfield co.? I love getting out in the bush.
    Cheers Peter
     
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    Are you an expat Canadian? My wife is Canadian. Bye the way I use cameras however they come - I'd rather spend the money on film. Although it is nice when the shutter speeds are all correct.
    Cheers Peter (Kanga -as in Kangaroo)
     
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    Splendid image Peter. Well done
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    I am keeping the Canadian end up here in Kyoto. Like you, I mostly use cameras as I get them, and when I got my CG everything was (mostly) working alright, but things are not so great after years of non-use. I figure if I'm going to spend the money on good film and developers, I should at least make sure the camera is working well.
     
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    Toyo - You have some lovely big rivers and coastal scenery up your way to photograph. Thanks for your positive comment.
    Cheers Peter (Kanga)
     
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    Hi Rachelle,
    I think your Crown Graphic would be a lovely portable system certainly easier to take on field photography than my plaubel monorail. You certainly should have some good camera technicians in Kyoto - my local camera technician is from Japan.
    Cheers Peter
     
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    Yes, you are right about that - some great landscapes across Oz for sure.
    I was reminded of the Otways when I saw your image.
    Good one
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    no I'm in Los Angeles now!! if you want some amazing scenery come to California and I will show you around....I use it all from 35mm to 8x10
    have a great day!!! and welcome!!!
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    I always get happy when I nail an exposure that is several minutes long because it seems like any metering error is magnified. Just started shooting Foma 100 and those reciprocity characteristics are brutal. So, if yours was a 15 minute exposure, the metered exposure was probably, what, 2s? :D

    Nice shot. Looks like a pretty cool location.
     
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    Hi Sam, I forget what the metered exposure time was but I know I multiplied it by about 100x to allow for reciprocity failure.
    Cheers Kanga
     
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    Thanks for the offer Peter. I went with my family to San Francisco for about a week. We drove to Yosemite (Ansel Adams) and to Monterey (Steinbeck - Cannery Row). I had to get used to seeing whitish rocks/mountains rather than our reddish ones.
    Cheers Kanga
     
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    Just lovely. Mountain ash and treeferns -- an enduringly romantic subject that never dies out.
    Lots of examples of this forest up around the Black Spur and Dom Dom Saddle, but out near Taggerty it is regrowth from the disastrous bushfires a few years ago. The winding road to Marysville is a marvellous introduction to cool temperate mountain ash forests -- and excellent mountain biking country to boot! My weekend will be spent in the Great Otway National Park on photography and biking. :D
     
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    Hi Gary,
    I always love walking amongst big mountain ash and tall treeferns - east or west of Melbourne.
    Cheers Peter
     
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    If a person can do work like this with a "lens cap", who needs a CLA. I have the impression that what makes this picture is the long exposure and if you had working shutter speeds, you may not have thought to use such nice long exposures. Wonderful picture. Makes this old botany buff's mouth water with the tree ferns and all backed with the light colored trunks of the eucalyptus trees. I hope this has been matted and framed so others to enjoy. I might even try this technique with a nice slow film in one of my 35mm cameras. Or maybe a MF or possibly a 4x5 also........Regards!
     
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    I will be doing a pinhole shoot (World Pinhole Photography Day is on Sunday!) among mountain ash down at Aire River this weekend, and verses of poetry come to mind when I think of the tall forests, the fluttering ferns and gurgling rivers...

    And, deep in the distant ranges,
    The magpie’s fluting song
    Roused musical, mocking echoes
    In the woods of Dandenong.

     
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    Thanks for your feedback - along with the long exposure I think that the thin fog added to this image.
    Cheers Kanga
     
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    Hi Gary,
    Evocative verse indeed. The Otways are also beautiful they would lend themselves to pinhole photography. I intend to try this on both my digital and film cameras - I have some aluminium can set aside and optimal pinhole size chart for varying focal lengths to make my own pinholes some day.
    Bye Kanga
     
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    Very nice picture Peter.
    There is a reciprocity app if you want to be more accurate, but your guesstimate seems spot on.
     
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    Thanks Paul - I'll look for an app. I just used the formula:
    Te =tm[(logtm)^2 +5(logtm)+2] where Te is Actual Exposure Time and tm is Metered Time (off the top of my head :smile:) - actually I used the fomapan 100 tech sheet.
    Cheers Kanga
     
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    Outstanding photograph. Love the 3d side effect of contrast foreground vs. background.
     
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    Hi Martin,
    Thanks for your observation - I was after that 3D effect that is why I took the photograph when there was a thin veil of fog. It works much like the perspective you get when distant mountain ranges are hazy - in Australia that can be accentuated by volatile eucalyptus oil in the air.
    Cheers Kanga
    PS Are you based in Maryland?
     
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    Close. West Virginia......but the Maryland/West Virginia border is 15 minutes north.
     
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