Dunalley Castle by Derwent-01

This photograph had 4,401 views at 14th September 2014, making it my most popular photograph to date!

This is the “castle” located at Dunalley, in the beautiful south east corner of Tasmania, Australia.
This building is built on “Boomer Island” which is actually a headland joined to the mainland by a very narrow and low isthmus.
It has been built as a modern day castle, complete with a gatehouse on the isthmus and ornate stone entry with wrought iron gates…

It is located just out of Dunalley, in Boomer Bay which leads onto Marion Bay.
This area is approximately halfway between Hobart and Port Arthur, about 45 minutes drive from Hobart.

The photograph was taken from next to the Boomer Bay jetty and was taken on 120 film in 6×6 format with a Rolleicord V belonging to my good friend and fellow Redbubbler Slideshooter who was kind enough to lend me his beloved Rollei for a day. Thanks mate!

Photograph taken on the 23rd of May 2010 in the mid to late afternoon, about an hour before dark.
Aperture was f/11, I can’t remember the shutter speed but it was either 1/60 or 1/125.
Metered using a vintage Sekonic selenium handheld light meter.
Camera was handheld.
Digitised with an Epson V700 flatbed scanner and some dust spotting was done in GIMP along with a slight tweak to the curves to make the digital image match the print.
Shot on Fuji Pro 400 H colour negative film which was processed by Photoforce in Hobart.


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  • Slideshooter
    Slideshooteralmost 5 years ago

    Love that sky, and the exposure is pretty nice, too, good skies and a bit of shadow detail in the foreground. Looks like the shutter must be working OK then!

  • Mate, that camera is a dream…

    – Derwent-01

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyalmost 5 years ago

    Fab capture. Don’t you just love film…Cheers.

  • Absolutely!
    For me film is where it’s at…
    Thanks for the fave too!

    – Derwent-01

  • Andy Stafford
    Andy Staffordover 4 years ago

    Great exposure and lovely rich colour – good stuff :)

  • Thankyou!
    And thanks for the fave too! Always appreciated when someone thinks it’s worthy of that disctinction…

    – Derwent-01

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyover 4 years ago

    Love your collection of works currently in the Amazing + Analogue Group. Well done.

  • Thankyou!
    I love shooting film, just picked up a roll of Velvia that I shot through another Rolleicord…film is fantastic and medium format even more so!

    – Derwent-01

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...over 4 years ago

    Nice work. One for my list for my next visit down south (which I hope will be in Feb for the wooden boat festival.

  • Cool!
    I will be volunteering at the festival again this time, might see you there…
    I’m certainly having at least half a day with a camera bag to myself though…there is soooo much to photograph at the festival!
    As for the pic, I reckon the old Rollei still has what it takes for colour work…anybody limiting their Rollei to monochrome is missing out I say!
    And that Fuji Pro 400H is damn nice for colour neg…scans nicely too!

    – Derwent-01

  • Geoff Dodd
    Geoff Doddover 4 years ago

    Great shot. Love the reflections. I agree with you on film. Digital is handy but it takes all the fun periphery stuff away from the art of photography.

  • Absolutely!
    I use my digital often, as it fits in my pocket and goes everywhere with me on the basis that having a camera of any kind is better than nothing, and the Rollei doesn’t fit in my pocket while I am at work…but when I go out to take photos, it’s film all the way, and since I bought the Rollei I have not taken a shot with any of my 35mm stuff…must get out and use them more!

    – Derwent-01

  • CezB
    CezBover 4 years ago

    brilliant – in all my wandering round there I ahve never seen a line that has made me want to shoot the castle, and here it is :-)

  • Thankyou!
    Although it is more a shot of the bay with the castle an incidental item, but thanks a million!
    Thanks also for the fave, I really appreciate it!

    – Derwent-01

  • mewalsh
    mewalshover 4 years ago

    Love the composition in this one – the almost mirror reflection distorted in the
    Water. The colours are beautiful and rich – awesome shot!

  • Thanks very much!
    This is one of my all time favourite shots…

    – Derwent-01

  • kevystylez
    kevystylezabout 4 years ago

    Stunning capture. The composition and the overall tones are brilliant!

  • Thanks!
    The old Rolleis still have it…and film is where it’s at for me.
    Thanks for the fave too, much appreciated!

    – Derwent-01

  • wfdaw0
    wfdaw0almost 4 years ago

    A lovely shot. I bought a brand new Mamiya C220 in 1976. It took good pictures but not as sharp as this. I don’t think I’ve even held a Rollei.

  • They can still be found in some some camera shops…get yourself into one and have a play with a Rollei…you will love it!
    It’s my favourite camera, and still shoots well…

    – Derwent-01

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