Gators and Lizzards and Snakes... OH MY !!


Rhode St. Genese, Belgium

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Florida is a state where historic treasure lies in the most unlikely places…
Nestled between the pristine lawns of Palm Coast`s elegant developments (where my mom lives btw:-) and the endless sands of Flagler Beach is the ruins of the ancient Bulow sugar plantation.

Accessing this beautiful state park from the beach, the change of scenery is amazing… overhanging trees covered with spanish moss, with the pointed leaves of palmetto shrubs jutting out like Flamenco dancer’s fans. And on this particular path leading up to the site of the decaying shell of the once flourishing mill, you never know what’s gonna jump out from behind one of those spooky trees and slither towards you faster than you thought it could…

When I took this hot, an afternoon thunderstorm was approaching from behind (like WAY spooky…don’t think I’d ever felt more alone and vulnerable too the elements in my life!), and I believe that such atmospheric change can affect the results you get from infrared photography.

Shot on Kodak high speed B/W infrared film with a Mamiya 35mm SLR (with manual film advance!!), 1/60 sec. at f16.
The cool thing about infrared film is that you never know what you’re gonna get. As infrared is exposed by heat from reflected surfaces rather than light, atmospheric conditions can actually alter exposure values, especially in the late summer heat of Florida, so you need to bracket like crazy. This was one of 5 bracketed shots.
Plus the fact that the smallest amount of light will immediately cloud the film, so changing reels needs to be done in a totally blackened room.

Though infrared filters on digital cameras give similar results such as making green foliage (and spanish moss!) look like it’s covered with snow, the added charm of the film is the heavy grain due to the high speed sensitivity. I felt as much like I was walking through an enchanted forest looking at the final print as when I was taking the picture.

My infrared film was developed and printed by someone who did the job much better than I ever could have. I shot this about 20 years ago and I don’t even know who would be able to process it these days. This upload is from the print scanned to digital on an Epson V500 flatbed.

Sorry I’ve written another book…

Please click the large view…:-)
Thanks for lookin!

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