Film Used: Ilford DELTA Professional 100
Camera: Mamiya RB67
Other equipment: Red Filter
Location: San Francisco
One of the first stops we always do when going to the Bay Area is the Golden Gate Bridge, especially this specific vista point. I am always amazed with the bridge and how different the scene is every time we stop by. Sometimes it’s foggy or very windy, but this time it was a beautiful, clear, blue day, perfect to photograph with a red filter to bring out the Looking for a not so typical photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge, I found a cut out of a fenced area with locks and immediately, I imagined the shot. I set it up and waited for the right moment and captured it.
One of the main challenges were the visitors. The area I found with the cut off fence was located right on a pathway that visitors were going through to go to another vista point closer to the bridge. As the pathway was very tight, I had to re-compose the shot about 4 times because people wanted to walk through. It was also a challenge not to get as many people in the frame as it is a very popular
As I set up my first composition, I was about 10 inches away from the fence. I thought it was perfect and didn’t want to move an inch forward or back. I used a red filter to darken the sky and give it a more moody look. I metered with my Sekonic L-7558DR light meter and added 2 stops to compensate for the red filter.
I develop my own black and white film at home. This roll was done with developer (8mins), stop-bath (30secs), and fixer (5mins) from Arista The film was dried with a homemade film dryer (35 mins). Then scanned using Epson V600 and added a bit of contrast and sharpness to it. Nothing else was really needed to be done to the scanned image.
Out of the whole roll, I was most excited to go home, develop and enlarge this specific shot. So far, I have only done one enlargement of this picture in my home darkroom with a Beseler Dichro 45, using pearl Ilford Multigrade MGIV RC Deluxe I am planning to make a series of prints sometime in the future.
Sergio López Ferrer is a central coast California film photographer.
I usually don’t plan trips to go take photographs. Everyone close knows me for being a last minute person and those trips always end up being the best ones. I enjoy taking photographs mainly in film because of the amazing process from loading, taking the pictures, home developing, and home enlarging the final image. This is a very hands-on process of capturing a moment that otherwise is gone. Forever.
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