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Hasselblad X-PAN camera and Hasselblad 45mm f4 lens and Kodak Professional Ektachrome 100VS film

Hasselblad X-PAN camera and Hasselblad 45mm f4 lens and Kodak Professional Ektachrome 100VS film

The Central Victorian gold rush of the 1850’s largely funded the economic and construction of the state’s capital Melbourne as well as the important regional cities of Ballarat and Bendigo.

The above image was made in an old workshop in the town of Maldon. While shot in color I feel the monochromatic rendering illustrates the feeling of ‘by-gone days’ I experienced while exploring the old workshop. Technology of the time was, by current day standards, relatively primitive. It was evident that most objects made or repaired in the workshop involved significant human toil. The air seemed thick with nostalgia.

The workshop image was made with a Hasselblad X-PAN camera and Hasselblad X-PAN 45mm f4 lens with Kodak Professional Ektachrome 100VS film.

 

Hasselblad X-PAN camera and Hasselblad X-PAN 45mm f4 lens with Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100VS film

Hasselblad X-PAN camera and Hasselblad X-PAN 45mm f4 lens with Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100VS film

The image Sunset, Mount Alexander, Victoria, Australia was shot at the very top of this small Central Victorian mountain. The problem I faced was that the scene in front of me was quite complex. This can provide the viewer with too much visual information, causing them to give up on an image without exploring it in more detail. I needed to apply careful composition so that the natural lines of the trees and their branches led the viewer around the frame and that light was employed in such a way to allow the viewer to skip from branch to branch.

The image was made with a Hasselblad X-PAN camera and Hasselblad 45mm f4 lens with Kodak Professional Ektachrome 100VS film.

We don’t always have the opportunity to photograph expansive vistas or glorious sunrises. The challenge is to make the very best of what you do have around you. Often the reward is making something beautiful out of something quite ordinary. And it’s the photographer’s ability to see beauty in the mundane that brings so much joy into their life. Their responsibility is to effectively communicate that experience to a wider audience.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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