Roll 8

Sunset on a tripod.

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This was the last roll of film I shot up on Mauna Kea that day, and it was just as the sun was setting. Because of the light situation I decided to use my tripod to stabilize the camera. These images were all shot with as high of an f stop as possible, 22 or 32 mostly. Even though it seemed quite bright to my eyes I had to use much lower shutter speeds, and the tripod became necessary.

This roll was shot on Fomapan Classic 100.

Roll 8 Frame 1
Frame 1

I feel the overall composition of the images was good, I like how both the hill in the mid-ground and Mauna Loa in the background both are rising out of the clouds.

Roll 8 Frame 2
Frame 2

I think I nudged the camera on this exposure, the details are slightly blurry through the whole image.

Roll 8 Frame 3
Frame 3

With the sun setting to the right of the frame this was as close as I could get to shooting it with out blowing the sky totally out.

Roll 8 Frame 4
Frame 4

Not too much more to say about this image.

Roll 8 Frame 5
Frame 5

Now this shot got the dramatic lighting I was looking for. The foreground may be a little dark, but the clouds really pop here.

Roll 8 Frame 6
Frame 6

By the end of this roll I was getting cold, even though it was still bright out the wind was really getting to me now. With this last image taken I packed up quick to get back down the trail before it was too dark to see.

As I have stated before, this was really a job for color film. My recent film purchases have been color, and I am looking forward to using them in the near future.

This film stock is too short for proper use in this camera, with only 6 images per roll when I should get 8. If I want to do black & white in the future I’ll have to buy T-Max or Tri-X. I still have one roll of Fomapan left, I’ll save it for my Holga.

-Allen

Author: allenbaird

I am a graduate of the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn with an MFA in photography. I live on the big island of Hawaii with my girlfriend Laura, and I love photography and comic books.

3 thoughts on “Roll 8”

  1. Fomapan can be a bit tricky, it’s a higher-contrast film for sure, best with older lenses IMO. Have you tried Fuji Acros 100? Everything I’ve seen from it makes me think it’s THE black & white landscape film. And why not shoot some Fuji film in your Fuji camera, hmmm?

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    1. Agreed, Fomapan seems to be a film for which “there is a time and a place.” I have not tried Fuji Acros yet, but I will defiantly order some next time I need more film. I have used a roll of Fujicolor Pro 400H for the 3rd roll on this blog, it came out very well.

      I think I am going to lean into color film more in up-coming posts, though the next post is also black and white.

      Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it.

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