I've slowly returned to working in black and white and, in doing so, moving away from rock abstractions to the scrub.
It is easy to do when I'm using the Rolleiflex SL66. I can shoot in colour the scene in then switch to black and white by just changing the film back. It's slow black and white film--Ilford PanF Plus 50 ---- that I use, as this camera is always used on a tripod.
The exposures are around generally 1-5 seconds as I take pictures in the early morning or just before dusk in the summer months. I was lucky this day as it stayed overcast for a couple of hours. So I raced back to the studio and returned with the 8x10 Cambo monorail.
I've always struggled with taking pictures of the Australian woodland, scrub or the bush. It is so messy and chaotic. Then I saw Lee Friedlander's
pictures of trees
from his flowers and trees series
and saw how it could be done.
Here is an early attempt done just before Xmas when I was down at Victor Harbor with Lariane Foneseca, a friend of Suzanne's who is a wonderful photographer. The melaleucas were on Rosetta Head, or The Bluff as the locals call it.
I exposed a couple of 8x10 picture of these trees but I've yet to send the negatives to Blanco Negro in Sydney to be processed. I'm inclined to return and do some pictures that are closer up.