Gazing Out From Musfer Cave On A Moonlit Night
Graflex Pacemaker Crown Graphic 4x5 large format camera. Fuji Provia 100F positive colour reversal "slide" film.
Shutter: 8 minutes
Lens: Schneider Kreuznach Super Angulon 90mm f8
Field Notes: I was flying blind on this one. I didn't bring an exposure chart and for some reason was too stupid to use the exposure meter I had along with me. I blame that on the heat and humidity and the fact that I had been using the meter app on my iPod earlier when it was lighter. The result is that I guessed and I was about three or four stops under-exposed. Yikes!
In my vision for this shot this is pretty close to what I had pictured. However, if I had had enough exposure I would love to have been able to faintly show a bit of the dark interior ever so faintly in the shadows. On the other hand, a correct exposure would have been about an hour...
As a side note, this cave is truly in the middle of nowhere. And truly dark and probably very dangerous to be climbing about in at night. The summer heat and humidity were already present and much intensified in the cave. And .. and .. well, lets just say I wasn't alone in there and the other thing had wings and sounded pretty big. It didn't sound like a bat -- more like a huge flying insect. The things we do for art, eh?
Oh, almost forgot. I developed this one myself as well! At home. Agnew lab's new E6 line is fully functional!