Dark MOFO—SPECTRA by Brett Rogers

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The 2013 Dark MOFO festival conducted by Hobart Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) included a light and sound installation known as Spectra. I made this photo one Tuesday evening during the festival. It was a long exposure of approximately two minutes.

Camera: Hasselblad 500C/M medium format SLR
Lens: Carl Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 Planar
Film: Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 silver halide black & white 120 negative
Other Details: Tripod, mirror pre-release, locking cable release, used. Processed in ILFORD ID-11 developer 1:3.


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Tasmanian Brett Rogers captures landscape, cityscape, and architectural photographs in and around his home town of Hobart. He also provides quality black and white film processing services and tuition in traditional film photography.

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  • James2001
    James20019 months ago

    Brett, another spectacular shot. It is great the way the rays are sharp at the bottom and diffuse as they rise up. Wonderful composition too.

  • Thanks so much James. The installation comprised several dozen extremely powerful lights calibrated to converge several thousand feet up. Apparently it was visible for fifty plus miles away under the right conditions. The tower visible near the centre is Hobart’s main Cenotaph, or war memorial for the fallen of World Wars I & II, Korea, Vietnam and various other conflicts.

    If you’re interested, you can see a view of the location in daylight here taken a few years ago (on Sensia transparency, with a Contaflex). The Cenotaph and its tree lined avenue are visible in the lower left of the photo just behind the grandstand. Trust all well with you and yours.

    – Brett Rogers

  • BKSPicture
    BKSPicture9 months ago

    Very nice shot!

  • Dear Bengt,
    thanks very much for taking a moment to comment, it’s appreciated. :)

    – Brett Rogers

  • Mark Batten-O'Donohoe
    Mark Batten-O'...8 months ago

  • Dear Mark,
    I can’t tell you how delighted I am you’ve included this image in your feature selection. I had just a few minutes to make it and was pulling the exposure figures out of my hat on the night. One of the really useful things about Acros is that it has a very good reciprocity curve and I didn’t need to compensate for the rather long exposure times I needed, which must have helped. Hoping you are both well now

    – Brett Rogers

  • Dana Horne
    Dana Horne8 months ago

    Congratulations! You have been featured in Strictly B&W Photography! 11/22/2013

    Please visit the group’s homepage to see this week’s features.

    From your hosts,

    Nick, Michael and Dana

  • Dear Dana,
    thanks so much! What a lovely surprise. Truly, I’m so pleased, and it’s much appreciated.

    – Brett Rogers

  • mewalsh
    mewalsh8 months ago

    Love this shot Brett, the composition and technique is fantastic, but it’s the ephemeral photographers that I adore. They’re like ghosts of lost photo opportunities following you around.

  • Dear Michelle,
    thanks mate. :) You’re too kind. You’re actually more right than you realise about the other photographers, as I was being shadowed on the night by several of them…

    – Brett Rogers

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByG8 months ago

  • Dear Graham
    thanks so very much, I’m rapt!

    – Brett Rogers

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boynton4 months ago

    Wow! What a striking composition! Love the square format and the wonderful tonal range, Brett!

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