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Chimney Rock at Ghost Ranch (Medium Format Film Version) by Mitchell Tillison

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Chimney Rock and the Ghost Ranch are probably going to be a recurring theme in this stage of my photographic journey. It is very hard to find a landscape location in New Mexico with more context. Perhaps even in all the American southwest. So, another entry, this one taken with a Pentax 645 medium format film camera. I’ve had this camera since February 2009 and have quite a bit of cash and sweat equity invested in it. I’ve lugged it and its lenses and flash attachment over many, many miles of desert terrain across four states and have spent a small fortune on film and processing and prints and scans, not to mention buying my own film scanner. And this is it, the one image that pleases me from the whole lot.

To say that my medium format experiment is not going well is an understatement; however, this one shows me what might be if I can relearn the craft of film photography before it bankrupts me. And If there is to be just one, I am happy it occurred at Ghost Ranch.

Pentax 645, Velvia 50 film, Pentax 45mm lens, settings not recorded.


  • Tina Longwell
    Tina Longwellover 5 years ago

    This is stunning beyond words! Wow!!

  • Tina, many thanks. You are an inspiration.

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateover 5 years ago

    This beautiful, another good shot

  • Thanks so much, Barbara.

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • John Beamish
    John Beamishover 5 years ago

    Great image.

  • Thank you, John.

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Kevin Bergen
    Kevin Bergenover 5 years ago

    Wow, this is gorgeous! Next to the other version, this just glows! Clearly it was a different time of day, but your exposures here are terrific. I especially like the varied colors on this side of the rock. Beautiful all around, to be sure!

  • Kevin, thanks very much. I agree, this one is much more to the liking.

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Matthew Walters
    Matthew Waltersover 5 years ago

    Stunning shot, what a great range of colours.

  • Thank you.

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Jeanne Frasse
    Jeanne Frasseover 5 years ago

    I really like the lighting on this one. Highlighting the yellow rock really makes this one “pop”. Great job.

  • Thanks very much, Jeanne.

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaover 5 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! Your artwork has been FEATURED on Mornings & Evenings — Sunbeams &
    17:36 7/19/2009

  • Thanks, Dayonda! It is an honor.

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Barb White
    Barb Whiteover 5 years ago

    this is really outstanding – keep at it and I’m sure you’ll take lots of photos with your new camera that will make it all worthwhile! this one is amazing!

  • Thanks, Barb!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Tomas Abreu
    Tomas Abreuover 5 years ago

    Stunning picture!! I visited briefly Ghost Ranch 2 years ago to take sunset pictures and can’t wait to go back.

  • Thanks, Tomas. I would have guessed you had been there. You are an inveterate traveler and a magnifient chronicler.

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellover 5 years ago

    WOW!! Stunning

  • Thanks, Andrew!

    – Mitchell Tillison

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