The Making Of: “Wellington Point Sunset”

I was lucky enough to be able to leave work early this afternoon so I made sure to make the most of the high cloud covering Brisbane.

This was the first time I had decided to shoot directly into the sun using my Fotoman (Panoramic Film Camera).

I knew I’d get some nice colour in the sky and a great reflection, but I didn’t want to risk over exposing the film.

The Plan

My plan was to wait for the sun to dip below the clouds and kiss the horizon-which also helps to control the exposure mostly because the light would be more evenly distributed across the frame, making for an easier exposure calculation.

I stopped down to f22 (which is my standard starting point when using the Fotoman) and moved close to the waters edge. I made sure to get my tripod as low as I could in order to fill the frame with half sky and half reflection.

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

Wellington Point Sunset – Behind the Fotoman!

How good is Fuji Velvia film!

You can see the difference between my iPhone image (right) and the final scanned film slide (above). There is no need for Photoshop when you shoot Velvia! The colour comes from the unique properties and the fine grain of the film -something that digital is unable to match.

The waiting game

This roll was stored in my fridge for almost three months before being sent to Vision Image Lab in Sydney – why the wait? well I only send film away when I have 10 or more rolls, doing this offsets the shipping costs, and makes the ‘per roll’ cost almost 60% cheaper than processing locally in Brisbane. So I’m always waiting and hoping for the best with all my film exposures!


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