Earlier this year I uploaded a black and white photo of a long-abandoned house not far from my home in Tasmania that I made with a 75 year old Voigtländer 6×9 folding camera. It sits on the edge of some disused hops fields with which it likely once had some connection. Although hops are no longer grown along the road in question Tasmania is still a major source of hops for brewers usage.
On the same day I had an all-too brief window of Tasmania’s remarkable yellow light, which can be a feature of fine weather around the island. I’ve never seen light like it anywhere else in Australia, it’s really quite magical. Fortunately I also had my Hasselblad with me loaded with some colour film, and quickly installed it onto my tripod in place of the Voigtländer to make this image. I would have taken a second image however, seconds after this shot was completed, the afternoon sun faded behind some clouds for the remainder of the day so I only managed this one, but luckily it turned out quite OK. Hope you enjoy it…
Camera: Hasselblad 500C/M medium format SLR
Lens: Carl Zeiss 80 mm f/2.8 Planar
Film: Fujifilm Reala 100 colour negative roll film commercially C-41 processed. Cropped to 6×7 format from 6×6 film frame.
I used a new Hobart CBD film processor for several films recently, including this one. They shall remain nameless due to the preponderance of dust spots, half moon creases, scratches, and roller marks they felt it necessary to add to my images. Local C-41 photographers who need to arrange processing of 120 colour negative are probably better off dealing with Perfect Prints in Collins Street which, although not up to the standards of the late and much-lamented Photo Force are, nevertheless, ahead of their competition as far as cleanliness is concerned.
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