Different Ways

October 17, 2021

Glasshouse Rocks, NaroomaGlasshouse Rocks, Narooma

Glasshouse Rocks, Narooma
Cambo Actus DB-2, Phase One IQ4 150MP, 600mm Nikkor, f11 @ 1/4 second, ISO 50

I've just put together a little promotional video for the Narooma workshop I'm presenting (COVID hopefully) with Len Metcalf next year (3-7 May 2022) and the headings I've used are 'two teachers, two styles, one workshop'. When it comes to photography, Len and I are at polar opposites although we're both heading towards the same thing! Our backgrounds, our education, our approach are wonderfully different and as you view the photos in the video, you'll see what I mean.

Here's the link: https://youtu.be/fzF4_xf2mlk

At present, Len is into sepia tones and squares, but he strays into other areas from time to time. His first or second photo is a multiple exposure, a subtle ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) I am thinking, but it takes the photo away from 'just being a literal rendition' into something more interpretative. At least it is for me. However, Len's Narooma photos are not all monochrome...

Far from it. Len has taken some interesting tangents into strong colour and almost abstract compositions. Compare this approach with mine, where I feel my photos are much more literal in their framing and composition, but my 'other worldliness' comes from the use of colour and tone.

I think the movie shows that there is more than one way to take photographs. We don't have to practise what another photographer does to appreciate and enjoy it. Difference is great. Inspirations and ideas can be long lasting.

The photo above, also taken on our last Narooma workshop, such as comes from my love affair with telephoto landscapes. I've been influenced by a number of American photographers (such as David Muench and Johsel Namking) who have used long lenses with large format cameras to create beautiful captures. While most sensible photographers were using a mirrorless or DSLR with a telephoto on this morning, I was working with a Cambo Actus DB-2 and an old, large format 600mm Nikkor lens. It requires a 450 mm monorail and bellows and if there's any wind, the camera is next to useless because the fastest shutter speed available is 1/125 second on the Copal-3 shutter (too much camera shake - everything is magnified with a telephoto and a high resolution sensor). But we were lucky in the pre-dawn light and I was able to find a 'different' view of the Glasshouse Rocks.

Different ways. I think that's what we're all looking for - different ways that make what we create, in some small way, our own.

Good. Different. Maybe I need to go to the supermarket...

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