Now that the 5x4 Sinar is finally up and running I have started to think about doing some black and white photography in the winter. Given the long exposures required in low light, it would be tripod based work that can only be realistically done in specific conditions--basically no rain or showers and with little coastal wind.
This black and white version of some coastal granite formation in the early morning light is one possibility. I had scoped these rocks with the Sony a7 R111 digital camera, just before the first winter storm hit the coast of the southern Fleurieu Peninsula. It was a very pleasant late autumn morning.
This granite formation in the winter light would be suitable for the Sinar f1 and the Schneider-Kreuznach 75m Super Angulon lens (multicoated). I could easily carry the camera gear and the carbon fibre tripod over my shoulder to this location, which is just west of Deps Beach. I could walk there before sunrise with Kayla on a poodlewalk, set up the camera, and then wait for the winter sun to rise over Rosetta Head and lighten up the granite.
The early morning light in late autumn is something special and it makes the granite formation look pretty good in colour. A large format colour photo is also a possibility as it shows the subtle colours of the granite. I just need the rain and the bitterly cold wind to pass over the Fleurieu Peninsula and for a couple of calm winter days to emerge.
Behind this coastal granite formation lie agricultural landscapes that have their roots in the colonial past of white settlement with its ideology of ‘improvement’ of both land and people. That manipulated land, which signifies the colonial footprint, appears normal --as all that ever was there. This natural history makes it difficult to decipher what was there before.
Turn sideways, look down the coast , and you catch a glimpse of the nature and extent of human interaction with the land. This agricultural landscapes are a point of reference in understanding who we are. The signage along the Heritage Trail refers to personal and collective memories and histories that are designed to help us to deepen our understandings how this land has been produced.
The ownership structure of the land is changing, due to dairy farming becoming economically unviable. There is little in the way of a regenerative agriculture to overcome landscape degradation and improve soil health. Some of the farms along the coast are selling their land, being broken up and changing into holiday and hobby farms.