Photographing with film in the evening is a challenge. A three stop neutral density filter gave me the long enough exposure I needed with some added reciprocity compensation. The problem of a long exposure with rapidly dropping light levels made itself felt and I found myself in something of a guessing game with the exposure for this image. OK, I’ll stick my hand up and confess to being around three-quarters of a stop adrift with my combined calculations and guesswork. So much for all the years of rufty-tufty experience gained from traipsing the length and breadth of the UK honing my skills! The Fuji Velvia 50 frame was underexposed, but just within the capability of my Imacon scanner to retrieve detail from the gloop. I’m glad it was salvageable. The irnd filter combined with Velvia’s ability to plaster itself with a heavy colour cast produced an image of Eilean Glas that I quite like. There is movement in the clouds and the sea has been calmed, it’s the mood that matters and the gloopy Fuji colours sort of holds things together. Not forgetting, of course, the all-important requirement of the lighthouse tower bisecting the notch in the Shiants!
Great place, fun memories, want more!
Eilean Glas Lighthouse, Scalpay, October 2015. Hasselblad 503cw, Zeiss 80mm cfi planar, Fuji Velvia 50.
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