2 days ago
Wind almost never stops me from taking a shot. In this case, however, it nearly did. The wind was strong and not steady. To get the shot, I had to set up on a two lane road. The traffic wasn't busy, but I was definitely in the way. Whatever I was shooting, it had to be quick.
Which doesn't explain why I chose to shoot an 8 second exposure. I could have used any other emulsion and shot it pretty much instantaneously. But I chose Arista Ortho Litho because this was a scene that called for it - traffic be damned.
My first thought for this was the 90mm lens. But when I got it set up, I found it to be too wide. I knew the 210mm that I carry wouldn't allow me to get the truck, so the 150mm it was. This required a run back to the car (parked in a pull-off down the road a bit - I need to get my shit together more). This also required me to leave the camera set up in wind along a somewhat busy road. I wasn't thrilled, but didn't want to set it all up again. I braced it with a bag and a rock and it was fine. I got lucky.
My favorite thing about shooting 4x5 is the moment after everything is as focused as you're going to get it, the film is loaded and it's time to remove the dark slide. That moment right there - right before you fire the shutter - is perfect.
I pull the slide (usually putting it in my mouth to free up both hands), grab the shutter cable, breathe out, hold and fire.
If it's a long exposure I'll count to myself. If it's a very long exposure, I'll actually use the countdown timer on my phone. I'll often close my eyes. .
'Parched and Run Dry'
Camera: Intrepid Mk3 4×5 (2018)
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar-S 5.6/150mm
Film: Arista Ortho Litho 3.0; 6iso
Exposure: f/64; 8sec
Process: HC-110; 1+200; 18min
Bluestem, Lincoln County, Washington
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