A digital version (using the Sony NEX-7) from the photoshoot with the Rolleiflex SL66 (both colour and black and white) this morning. I had come across the rockpool yesterday when I was on a poodlewalk with Ari and Kayla. I needed cloud cover and a low tide to be able to do it.
I had to wait for the low tide so that I could access the site. I needed the cloud cover to soften the early morning sun whilst I waited for the tide to go out. Even then, I was photographing with the sea swirling around my shoes and tripod legs.
I had to do it this morning as the weather is warming up again and my guess is that there there won't be early morning cloud cover for a while. Then the times of the low tide will have changed. In the meantime I will sit on the image and see if its worth while me going back with my large format version workhorse--the Linhof 5x4 Technika IV.
This is primitive equipment or hardware and it is a slow work comprises compared to the recent high end medium format digital cameras that can produce superb images from their 100MP CMOS full-frame sensors. These full frame 645 cameras are targeted at hard-working professional photographers (studio, landscape, architecture) who have clients with deep pockets. They cost $US50,000. That's more than the price of our new Subaru Outback SUV, and you can buy a lot of 5x4 Kodak Portra sheet film--and pro-lab processing- for that amount of money.
The economics means that I'll stick with my work flow of scoping subject matter with a 35mm mirrorless digital camera for my 5x4 film cameras:
However, photographers are buying digital medium format cameras and then going to Iceland or Antartica for their landscape photo trips. I have seen large prints from the Pentax 645Z ,which is the entry camera into digital medium format photography, and the prints impressed me. What was notable was their technical perfection, image quality and their subtle colours and wide tonality. I also found the look of the image as just too perfect for me. It was too clinical. Soulless immediately came to mind.
This kind of photographic equipment would great for the requirements of commercial photography, fashion or industrial photography for corporate clients. The perfection look wasn't suitable for my work, which is moving towards poetics.