Boomer Bay, Dunalley by Derwent-01

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This is Boomer Bay, on one side of the small isthmus which connects the Forrestier Peninsula to the Tasmanian mainland, although there is a canal through it which was built a little over one hundred years ago.
Boomer Bay opens out through the Marion Narrows into Marion Bay, one of the jewels in the crown that is south east Tasmania…

This photograph was taken from the town of Dunalley, which straddles the isthmus and is located approximately halfway between the State Capital, Hobart, and the well known tourist atraction of Port Arthur.

The viewpoint is looking eastwards, with the entrance to the canal being just out of shot to the right, along with the town jetty and slipway.
A couple of seagulls flew through the shot while I was composing it, and it made such a difference that I waited for five minutes until another one flew through before I tripped the shutter…

Taken on the 23rd of May 2010 between 3pm and 4pm, using a Rolleicord V TLR camera which is 6×6 format using 120 film, and it was loaded with Fuji Pro 400H colour negative film which was processed (and very nicely too!) by Photoforce in Hobart.
The aperture was f/11 but I can’t recall the shutter speed.
Metering was done with a vintage Sekonic handheld selenium meter in keeping with the theme of the 1955 camera!

Digitised on an Epson V700 flatbed film scanner.
Levels adjusted to match the original print and some dust spotting was carried out. I used GIMP for this.


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boats, tasmania, film, 6x6, v700, rolleicord, medium format, dunalley, boomer bay, pro 400h


  • Slideshooter
    Slideshooterover 4 years ago

    I liked this pic as soon as I saw it Greg, and I still think it’s really good. The Xenar lens on the Rollei has a lovely way of catching the light. I’d be guessing the shutter speed might have been 1/125 or 1/250 perhaps as Sunny 16 would be about right in this scene. Maybe 1/125 by the look of the gull’s wings.

  • Derwent-01
    Derwent-01over 4 years ago

    Actually, I think you are right…I do recall that a lot of the photos I took around Dunalley that day were 1/125…but I did play with the shutter speed on a couple of them. I think this mahy have been one of the 125 shots.
    And that Xenar is wonderful…

  • mill-mill
    mill-millover 4 years ago

    I LOVE this one!!! the birdy makes it!

  • I think so too…I stood there for 5 minutes with my finger on the release waiting for him to fly through the shot again…it flew through while I was composing the shot and it was one of those light bulb in the brain moments…

    – Derwent-01

  • Suellen Cook
    Suellen Cookover 4 years ago

    Great shot, Greg, great spot too.

  • Thanks!
    I love this area, having lived nearby for several years, and I still go back regularly. Of course having a brother living down there helps too…
    If you hang around there long enough, you are sure to see a great potential shot!

    – Derwent-01

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