8×10 and exhibition prints

My days of late have been taken up learning to scan 8×10 negatives into the computer with the Epson V700 and then working on refining the image in Photoshop. The aim is to make a 16×20 print for the Melbourne Silver Mine Inc’s forthcoming Unsensored11 exhibition at the Collingwood Gallery in Melbourne.

rock face

I’ve chosen to work on a rock abstraction that kinda links back to modernism and, more particularly, to the stone walls of Aaron Siskind at Martha’s Vineyard. Siskind’s abstractions emphasized the formal qualities of the image’s lines, colors, and textures.

8 x 10 photography: stumbling along

I finally started scanning the 8×10 b+w pictures this afternoon, even though I have still to figure out how to use the Silverfast scanning software; or how to process the pictures in Photoshop.

Cambo 8 x 10

The results are disappointing. Most of the negatives are way overexposed; some have light leaks; the old Schneider Symmar 210mm lens that I’m using cannot cover the extreme movements for architecture; whilst the Silver Efex Pro + Lightroom combination that I’ve been using is too crude for the subtle tones of an 8×10.

landscape: Hindmarsh River

I’ve finally started scanning some of the 8×10 negatives that I’d exposed and then had developed by Blanco Negro earlier this year. This negative of this picture was overexposed–I’m having problems with getting the long exposures right– so I took the opportunity to play around with the digital file.

mouth of Hindmarsh River, Victor Harbor

Since it was an old camera and it is an old style photography that is being undertaken by Encounter Studio I’ve tried to make the picture look like a nineteenth century photo–eg., the work of Captain Samuel Sweet in South Australia.

8 x 10 shoot

It was overcast with little wind at Victor Harbor early this morning. It looks as if a cool change is on the way with rain forecast.

So I was able to take the Cambo 8×10 out to take some black and white pictures of the local seaside architecture in my neighbourhood. It was something that I’d been planning to do for ages.

seaside architecture, Victor Harbor

I have become interested in the old architecture of this seaside town in South Australia for heritage reasons and because they are a graceful form of regional architecture. The seaside residencies along the foreshore are rapidly being pulled down to make way for the McMansion reworking of the modernist style. So I’m documenting them before they are pulled down to make way for the new.

Inman River: failure

We are down at Victor Harbor for the long October weekend, and I decided that I needed a break from my rock studies. I needed another little project that I could work on with a large format camera now that I’m aware of what is required. I need something that would allow me to become comfortable using an 8×10 monorail using black and white film, but which didn’t require too much walking with the heavy equipment.

So I’ve been hunting around for a suitable subject. I started exploring the bushland along the Inman River today because it is protected from the coastal winds. But very little in the way of possibilities came of it. It was mostly an exercise in frustration:

waterlilies, Inman River

I went there early this morning on my own and then returned late this afternoon with Suzanne and the poodles. The light was hard to handle and you only have a limited amount of time to take photos. So the scene has to be preselected and the exact time of the day:

Aldinga Cliffs: erosion

Whilst driving back to Adelaide from Victor Harbor yesterday I decided to stop off at the Star of Greece in Port Willunga, walk along the Aldinga beach with the poodles and take some photos of the cliffs east of the remains of the old jetty.

I was returning to an area that I’d started to explore last year with big views of the coast using the Linhof Technika 5×4.

Aldinga Cliffs

This time I was looking at the base of the limestone cliffs to represent the erosion–the eroding cliff base caused by the wave action from the high tides and storm surges. This erosion will continue due to the rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Hindmarsh River, Victor Harbor

This study for a 5×4 shoot was done before I left for Ballarat last weekend.It is of the estuary and the mouth of the Hindmarsh River at Victor Harbor. It was taken around 4.30 pm. A few minutes later and the sun’s rays disappeared.

Hindmarsh River, Victor Harbor

I went back the next day around the same time and took a similar shot with the Linhof 5×4. Of course, the man who was fishing the day before was no longer there. It’s not a memorable image, but it is part of my exploration of the coastline in my local neighbourhood and the Fleurieu Peninsula.