This behind the camera picture was taken whilst I was on an early morning photoshoot along the Heysen Trail, with my Linhof Technika 5x4 during the Australia Day weekend. The Heysen Trail photoshoot was combined with a poodle walk.
I have avoided the beaches this weekend due to the families having summer fun on, and taking over, the beaches The summer fun also includes playing on the rocks around Petrel Cove or climbing Rosetta Head in thongs. As expected there were more casualties at Petrel Cove. It is obvious that people do not read the warning signs by the steps to the beach or on the rocks; or if they do read them, then they ignore them.
On the morning of the photoshoot the light was dull and flat. I would have preferred the soft, early morning light, which was there when I had previously scoped the site, but it was not to be. I waited for a while to see what was happening with the cloud cover, but I realised that there was little point in hanging around waiting for better light to eventuate. The cloud cover was far too heavy.
As there was little coastal wind that morning, and it was quite still, I decided to do another photoshoot of some roadside vegetation along Jagger Rd instead. This could be done whilst we were on our way back to the studio for breakfast:
After the photoshoot doubts emerged about this image. I thought that I went in too close. Maybe the contorted or bulging trunk of the red gum needed to have some more context--ie., the trunk was more a part of the roadside vegetation that was around it?
I decided that I needed to re-scope it to ease my doubts. So I want back before lunch as it was still overcast:
Whilst scoping I decided to make a quick picture using the 6x9 film back and the baby Linhof Technika 70 (circa 1960s), which was sitting in the boot of the Mazda in an old leather bag:
The cloud cover was starting to break up as I was working. The leather strap of the bag that I was carrying the Linhof gear in snapped, and the bag fell to the ground. The focusing mechanism was damaged from the camera hitting the ground and I was unable to focus.
That was the end of that photoshoot. I'm not sure whether the focusing mechanism can be repaired.