This month on Dave Yates Photography, we take a look at more American images, this time the White Sand Dunes National Monument near Alamogordo New Mexico. The monument covers 275 square miles and is the World's largest gypsum dune field. The conditions at the dunes continually change and any footprints are soon removed by the strong south westerly winds which blow across the area.
On Sunday I visited the town of Newark with my father, originally to do some long exposures with the welding glass (which went badly), so I went back to conventional photography. Most of the better images from this day were shot on my TLR, which will be the next post.
I recently acquired some welding glass to substitute for a “big stopper” ND filter, so I went to Riseholme to make use of the water for long exposures. Results were far from perfect, as there were serve cases of flaring, or imperfections in the glass lighting up due to the angle of the sun, however, there were a couple of usable images.
On Sunday I visited the Allenby Road Industrial Estate once more to use the discontinued Kodak Technical PAN, which is a slow film (ISO 25) with undetectable grain, and high contrast (poor exposure latitudes unlike most other monochromatic films). The film itself stopped being sold in 2004, however I was able to acquire some 35mm rolls from my uncle.
Canon EOS 600 and a 28-135mm lens. The film was developed for 7 minutes, 1+19 (at 20°) using Paterson FX-39. The film was later scanned using a Plustek 7400 at either 7200 or 3600dpi. Although it is a monochromatic film, I decided to scan it in colour, resulting in golden casts across the images. Photoshop work was minimal - it was mainly cloning foreign artefacts out, or adjusting the tones using curves.
The second roll of film I put through my new film camera - I set myself a challenge of using some ISO 100 film on this dull day. Canon EOS 600 with 28-135 and 75-300mm lenses. Fuji Neopan 100 Acros developed in ID11 (stock) for 5:17m at 23°. Scanned using a Plustek 7400 at 3600dpi.