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Jarrah flower buds… Flowers coming soon!

Flowers coming soon!

Olympus OMD EM1 ƒ/3.5 2s ISO200 60mm Macro

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Almost night on the Jarrah forest walk track…

Almost night on the Jarrah forest walk trackLeica M2 ƒ/2 1/30s ISO 400  40mm summicron C  Ilford XP2

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Clearing, looking east in the Darling scarp forest… More on XP2

Clearing looking east about mid day...Leica M2 ƒ/8  Summicron 40mm Ilford XP2 film.

To some extent I am re learning how to use film. As I mentioned in a previous post I haven’t used Ilford XP2 400 film much before. Its a bit inconvenient because I have to take it into Perth to process, this was dropped of 2 weeks ago and not picked up until yesterday there just has been no time or other reason to drive into town. Its a really great film, lovely tonal range nice dense blacks and the finest of fine grains this could almost be digital… I expect this kind of performance from a medium format film but this is 35mm. I’m tempted to buy some XP2 in bulk there seems to be some really good deals on offer at the moment!

 

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Coppiced clump of jarrah trees …

Copiced-clump of Jarrah trees

Yashica 635 ƒ3.5 1/250s ISO100

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Forest sunset…

Summer heat in the Jarrah forest

The forest in summer with too much sunset. Analogue digital overlay

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Summer Canopy in the Jarrah Forest…

Summer Canopy in the Jarrah forest

Olympus EM-5 OMD ƒ11 1/40s ISO 200 Rokinon Fisheye Lens double exposure

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Sunset in the Jarrah forest…

Sunset in the Jarrah forest

Sigma DP2M ƒ2.8 1/80s ISO 100

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Full moon in the Jarrah forest …

Full moon in the Jarrah forest

Dark arrives earlier in the Jarrah forest than in the suburbs of Perth because the sun slips below the trees about an hour before it is lost to the horizon of the Indian ocean some forty kilometers away. As a result moon light seems brighter here than on the flat sand plain. Where this was taken the elevation is 295 metres above sea level. We have very few street lights so there is nothing to dim the light of stars and planets above the trees in the east even before the last light of the sun disappears. A few stars can be seen through the trees. As the sun sinks the light pollution of Perth takes over in the west where sun rays where only minutes before. The yellow light on the small secondary growth Jarrahs comes from an auto on light on the corner of my studio that lights the path. I have never captured this view before but then the rising full moon is only in this position for a few days a year and I don’t recall seeing it like this before. All the elements of trees, moon, blue night sky and camera might never come together like this again.

 

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Fallen Marri Tree

Fallen tree Darling Range Jarrah Forest
Yashica Mat  f8 Fuji Neopan 100 exposed as 400 Stand developed in Rodinal

This Fallen tree in the Darling Ranges Jarrah Forest fell to the side of the walk trail about twenty years ago. There was a really bad storm in August and this whole area was quite profoundly affected, huge trees that were in all likely hood suffering from the effects of dieback fell down all through the whole area. For quite a few months every walk was a bit of a discovery and then a year or so after the storm CALM as it was then called Conservation and Land Management had a prescribed burn to reduce the leaf and other tree litter that had accumulated over the previous umpteen years. The following spring was quite remarkable new growth everywhere lots of flowers that hadn’t been seen for years and small sapling trees and shrubs grew by the day.

I have photographed this forest in many ways and many times but home processed black and film looks right, this was made on a forty odd year old Yashica Mat. I really like TLR’s I always wanted a Rollei wide…

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Forest view on a Lensbaby, Jarrah, Marri and a little black boy, Xanthorrhoe preissii

Forest view, Jarrah,Marri and a little black boy, Xanthorrhoe preissii

Lumix G3 f5.6 1/30s ISO 160 Lensbaby Pro

Forest view, Jarrah, Marri and a little black boy, Xanthorrhoe preissii. One of my first photos made with a new Lensbaby Pro. I had the first model that I used on a Canon 5d. The new Lensbaby pro is a huge improvement over the older unit, the focus is silky smooth as is the tilt. I have the Lensbaby double glass optic which is essentially 100mm on the micro 4/3 mount it will be interesting to try this with the closeup optic on flowers. Not too many flowers here at the moment as it has been so hot today was a cool 33deg! But given some rain I should be able to sample the possible lights of this lens hopefully by the end of the month.

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