Seil Island Trip

July 09, 2017  •  3 Comments

Contrary to how it is pronounced, Seil Island is not a sanctuary for Seals, although they are spotted there from time to time, it is probably most famous for the "Bridge over the Atlantic" that you must cross to get there. I spent a whole week there on holiday and managed to get a couple of evenings photography with the Chamonix in during my stay. The coastline is very rocky with cliffs and angled slate beds that protrude out into the ocean. I am finally becoming quite adept at setting up the camera now and the photograph below was set up and composed in under 10 minutes. I decided to use my Schneider Kreuznach Super Angulon 90mm f/5.6 lens to make the most of the lead in line. I exposed a total of 2 sheets of Velvia 50 as the light changed and I am quite happy with the end result, I particularly light the steely blue tones that came out. The image below that I shot the following evening on Kodak Ektar, again with the 90mm f/5.6, the light was really wonderful and on receiving the neg back it scanned really well.

I have quite a few sheets of Velvia 50 and Kodak Ektar 100 to scan over the next week or two and will post up a few as and when.

 

Safe HavenSafe HavenA view from Seil Island near Ellenabiech, shot on Velvia 50 after the sun had set.
Chamonix 045/f1, Schneider 90mm f/5.6, Fujifilm Vevia 50.


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Dr. Prashant Khapane(non-registered)
Hi Matt,
Glad I found your work via Flickr. Enjoying the blog. I also re-started LF recently; Intrepid and Chamonix Nii now.
Matt Lethbridge Landscape Photographer
Many thanks for your generous comments David. I have only used digital until last year when I decided to try medium format film. I enjoyed the challenge so much I decided to shoot large format this year. It has been challenging but also great fun, with a wonderful sense of achievement when it all goes right. It has reinvigorated my photography to the point of now only shooting film. With the current crop of film types on offer it is possibly less challenging than in the past.....Kodak's Portra and Ektar for example, have a huge dynamic range. I find myself using Ektar a lot, even for some black and white photography as it captures such a large tonal range.....as long as you don't let your shadows drop below -2ev, and it converts to black and white lovely in CS6.I hope you have a lot of fun with the 10x8 and look forward to seeing some pictures from you.
Matt.
David Clark(non-registered)
Have really enjoyed reading your blog; I am a working pro who gave up film 17 years ago - but ver the past year have renewed love affair with it - and in a few weeks time get my first 10"x8" camera (I have shot 5x4 a bit in the past and 10x8 once) I am sure I will go through much of the same as you've experienced this year - though I am looking forward to working more in B&W and perhaps even printing Platinum/{palladium .

I'll revisit your blog from time to time to see how you are doing - so far its looking really good. Better to have a few amazing images rather than dozens of bland average images.....
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