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    Fishing Botany Bay

    I have been re-visiting my old film scans with a more practised PP technique. This is closer to the slide than any of my previous attempts. Fishermen at sunset about 5 years ago. The camera is Hasselblad XPAN. The lens is Hasselblad 45mm f4. Film Fuji Velvia 100. At about 5 seconds exposure and f11.

    For those not familiar with this camera it is a 35mm film range finder panoramic camera. The picture circle from the lens is large enough to expose two frames at the same time. The camera has a switch which changes the exposure from a single 35mm frame or a standard 35mm camera to a pano which is 2 frames. The frame lines in the view finder change to allow accurate framing. The lens is very sharp but quite slow for a standard lens, so it is really best used for landscape on a tripod.

    Fishing Botany Bay

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    Lovely pano.

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    Very nice Graham. The strong colours and the light on the rocks are what stand out for me. Like all panos, this needs to be viewed fullscreen in Lightbox. The Sydney skyline seems so distant !

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    Thanks Bobo, Dave,

    The city is closer than it looks though. This format is unusual. The 50 lens gives a normal feel to the image but the width is quite a bit wider than we expect. When it is enlarged onto a print and the viewing distance is right it looks like normal vision. Hard to explain really. I think it is because the verticals are one frame high and the horizontals are two wide. The slide is about 68mm wide by 25mm high.

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    It is beautiful Graham.

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    Re: Fishing Botany Bay

    I like it Graham, but is it heresy to suggest cropping 25% off the left hand side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    I like it Graham, but is it heresy to suggest cropping 25% off the left hand side?
    Thanks Dave & Andre,

    It isn't heresy and it wouldn't be apostacy for me to lop off 25% from the left hand side. I thought about it; but decided not to, because I like the visual tension it creates. I wouldn't enter it into a competition for that reason. What I did do though is heavily vignette it, to reduce the tendency to drift left and completely out of the image. Now that may be heresy to Donald.
    I have another one taken at the same time which I will work on when I get time which is a much better image, it is taken at 90 degrees to the right and a little later so the light is much more red rather than golden. It extends from the city across the Freight terminal to the beach beyond the rock groin.
    Graham

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