The Making Of: “Afternoon Shadows”

Wellington Point is location that I visit often, some might say I visit too often, but having a location that offers a Photographer a sunset or a sunrise 365 days of the year so close to home, it would be silly of me to not to visit as often as I can -even if it’s just to get out now and then.


I had the afternoon free so I decided to drive to Wellington Point. On arrival I quickly noticed the cloud was building up towards the end of the pier, but what really caught my eye were the long  ‘Zebra like’ shadows.

I decided the shadows alone were worth photographing, so I loaded up the Fotoman with my staple film – Fuji Velvia 50 and framed up the image. Wellington Point is a very busy location, families everywhere, I had to wait for locals to walk out, turn around, take a few happy snaps and then walk back towards me, each of them quizzing me about my ‘strange looking’ camera.

The Fotoman at Wellington Point

The Fotoman at Wellington Point

Lately I’ve been using my Canon 5D MK II as my light meter, here is a behind the lens image taken with the Canon 5D MK II.

Film vs Digital

Comparing the final image above (the scanned Fuji Velvia 50 Slide Film) and the behind the lens Canon 5D MK II image, one thing that really stands out is the difference between the colour and light rendering. The white balance captured/rendered by the Canon 5D MK II closely matches the ‘real world’ whereis the colour/white balance of Fuji Velvia film capture is clearly warmer -note I’m also using a Cokin Z121 GND on the Fotoman which does boost the purple tint seen in the final image. Fuji Velvia film features a range of very popular and unique characteristic, including the ‘warm’ colour balance and intense saturation.

These two key characteristics, along with the “one off” nature of shooting film makes Velvia 50 the film of choice for me and most landscape photographers still shooting film.

  • Fotoman 617 Film Camera.
  • Schneider 90mm f/5.6 Lens.
  • Schneider Center Spot Filter.
  • Velvia 50 120 Film.
  • f22 @ 1/2 second.


2 thoughts on “The Making Of: “Afternoon Shadows”

  1. Larissa

    Loving the look of your new website Kane! Its cool to see the difference between the digital and film cameras too! I need to get out to Wellington Point again sometime soon!

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