The three days at Victor Harbor have been frustrating in terms of photography. I've been painting the lounge room of the weekender whilst waiting for the conditions to be okay for a couple large format black and white pictures of roadside vegetation. One was an early morning shoot, whilst the other was a late afternoon one.
It has been frustrating because when the southerly wind wasn't blowing it has been raining early in the morning and late afternoon and then quite sunny during the day. Finally things fell into place late this afternoon after I finished painting a seciton of the wall-----there was little wind and it was overcast and fine. Ideal for the afternoon shoot that I'd lined up.
I'd forgotten just how meditative 8x10 photography
is. It takes a while to set the gear up for the shoot, and that means you really are in the moment.
I could feel the light changing as I tried to figure out how to use the new Pronto Professional 3 shutter for the Schneider 24mm lens that had recently been serviced. The Prontor has no T position to hold the lens wide open so you cancompose a representation of the objects in front of the camera.
I finally figured out that I had to use a locked cable release to do the same function as the T positon of holding the lens open using the B position. The light was fading fast whilst I sorted things out.