The weather conditions were good this morning for a 5x4 large format photo session along the coast early this morning. There was some solid cloud cover, low tide and little wind. The weather forecast was for strong westerly winds and rain along the coast today, so I took a chance.
I had about an hour on site with approximately 30 minutes carrying the gear to and from the site. I was able to make 2 photos of different subjects out of the 3 with the Linhof Technika that I had planned, before the conditions became unsuitable around 8am. This is a behind the camera photo of the second session:
This is the only 5x4 photoshoot that I have done along the coast since this one early in January:-- 3 months ago, before I had acquired the Sony A7r111. Basically I have struggled to find suitable subject matter for the large format photography, and when I have find something, the weather conditions have not been suitable.
This photo session morning was combined with a poodlewalk with Kayla, who kept guard whilst I was photographing amongst the granite rocks. The first photo session was a 5x4 photo in a low light situation of this still life that I had previously scoped:
The other subject matter that I had in mind for a photo session was an abstraction from an earlier scoping session. I had to let it go this morning because the cloud cover was starting to break up, the light was becoming too contrasty, and the wind was picking up. It also was a tricky site and it would have taken me a while to set up the tripod and camera. properly.
The weather conditions have to be right for a 5x4 photo session of a previously scoped subject, since lugging the heavy duty Linhof tripod and the big pack of camera gear along with two hand held cameras to and from the site from the Forester is a real effort. It is all so much easier using a hand held digital camera with low light capability.
Walking back to the Forester at Petrel Cove this morning at the end of the photo session involved climbing up the cliff face from the coastal rocks, and then walking uphill along the coastal path from Dep's Beach. It was a real workout. I had to rest along the way. Kayla was quite concerned and she was very protective.
It is even more difficult carrying the 8x10 Cambo monorail and the heavy duty pro Linhof tripod to use for a photo session on the coast. Thankfully, this is not practical for most of the scoped sites, since these are too low to the ground to use this tripod. With this camera I have to work with subject matter that is chest high.