Fort Lytton

Today’s shoot was planned to be at Fort Lytton 9.30am. I have not been to this location before so I did not know what to expect. Our group were split on the idea of shooting here as some of us could not see how to use this location to be creative and did not think the time of day was suitable for the best lighting conditions. I decided as a photographer I should be able make something out of any situation so I felt this challenge would help me think outside the box.

I left early to have a snoop around, I took extra gear today. I packed some studio lights and a few torches and my speed light. Lucky we could get one car close to the fort so it wasn’t too far to carry. I scouted around the place, the fortress was partially underground, there were passageways, munition stores, huge turret guns, lots of separate areas most with machine gun peep holes to shoot approaching enemy through. There was a mote surrounding the fort with very high dirt mounds that make it very difficult to attack in from the rear where you could be flanked.

I could not believe the amount of munitions that must have been stored here the place is a labyrinth of thick steel and concrete tunnels. The concrete bunkers were strategically placed and well prepared to protect any invasion of enemy ships via the Brisbane river.

I noticed the cracks in the concrete on the ceiling above me, the hairline fractures had a green mould where many years of moisture has creped through the structure. It almost looks like a marble effect. The windows let the light filter in the rooms are surprisingly light.

I took my time exploring the fort I imagined what it might have been like when it was in full action. It would have been top secret stuff back in the days of the war, I can only imagine how much work it was to construct the place. It would have been a mammoth task.

I used the 5/4 and took a shot of the main structures from the middle of the fort. It was fun shooting with film I look forward to developing the shot too see if I will be rewarded with a gem.

Back to the shots of the concrete structures I tried to take shots I could composite into, maybe I could have the structure buried in sand revealing some of the building. I collected a few shots mainly of structures to see what I can do with them via compositing.

The day was sunny and hot the sun was high but i think this helped to increase the contrast and light in the else dark concrete bunkers and tunnels. I may revisit this location and try some other techniques, maybe at night with lights inside or on a re enactment day to show the idea of the past use of the fort.

“bunkers and structures from the past”

From Fort Lytton. Posted by Daniel Bunce on 4/01/2016 (13 items)

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(Fort Lytton; 13 photos)


7th April

Into the darkroom

Its been a few years but I was guided through the precessing and timing. 1:1 = 50/50 The film container was 1.5L So I prepared the chemicals 750ml of Developer + 750ml of water. Stop  1.5L batch of water and 1,5L of fixer. In the dark I remove the plate film and fit 2 shots into the a_MG_1088_bloggitator seal the lid so it is light safe then with the lights back on. Referring to the charts on film type and exposure time  I start the first 8 minutes in the developer agitating every 30 seconds for 15 seconds.   Then 2 minutes in the stop  followed by 8 minutes in the fixer. The fixer can be reused so it was re containered.  To my success the development went very well and I have a great negatives to create a few test exposures with. Over the the darkroom to I set up the neg plate and timer, set the contrasts 4, 4, 4 as a starting point. Then do test exposures at 30, 20 , 10  seconds. I liked the tonal range at 20 but a few areas lost some detail in the final test I went 14 Seconds with a bit of dodging.

It is a lost of effort but worth every minute working with film I should do more of it.


Purling Brook Falls

Today was overcast and drizzly, our group planned to meet at the planed location 9.30 am. I left early to do some exploring on my way. I stopped at Hinze dam for a look and grabbed a few shots then headed to the falls. I noticed some nice water droplets on the flowers so I was inspired to capture the shot some nice colour and shape from the flowers they came out ok.

At the falls I started at the top area and tried to get some shots from the top of the fall but the position and angles from the lookout point made it difficult to get a decent composition. I turned to the landscape and the mist rising from the forest below. I fitted a few filters to cut down the bright white cloudy sky. As the rain continues I shoot the small mountain tops falling off towards the gold coast .

I fell behind the group ad I was taking my time to enjoy the area I headed down the walk shooting a few textures along the way. Stone, wood, moss and some foliage I was thinking I may be able to use them for compositing at some stage. I stopped at each vantage point to take a few more shots of the falls and surrounding landscape as I walked along the pathway descending to to bottom of the falls I paid attention to the light and what it was revealing throughout the forest.

There were plenty of birds but they move to quickly and were too high and mainly in deep foliage so it was too hard to get a shot. Along the pathway the stone steps continued downward are the rain continued to drizzle, everything is wet and shiny the temperature is cool but humid and my camera gear is heavy on my back.

As I get to the bottom of the walk I see the group using the old 5/4 film camera the moisture is everywhere the misty water spray from the bottom of the falls is in the air and the cool fresh feeling with the noise of the falling water makes the magical effect and rewards me for my short hike to this location.

I take a few shots as I approach the falls the pathway surrounded by trees shows a glimps of the falls and some light on the dirt floor leads your eye to the waterfall. Th see the group are heading off over the suspension bridge so I take a few shots and catch up to them on the path way ahead.

It is some walk climbing and climbing  everyone is damp and sweaty it is muggy and we have a decent hike back carrying all the camera gear is a bit of effort. I wanted to use the outing as a bit of exercise so I pushed hard to catch up to the front of the group. Finally I caught up and we made it back to the top lookout area then headed back to the car park.

At the car park the group discovered a few surprises as leeches are showing up on everyone’s legs and feet, after some quick de leaching we pack up have a quick refreshment and head home. Today was a great way to spend a day in nature doing what I love and learning to push myself in my work.

Here are a few of my shots from the day.

“some postcard shots from a rainy day at springbrook”

From Springbrook. Posted by Daniel Bunce on 3/31/2016 (20 items)

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