Natalie Oberg tells us the story behind this beautiful. 'Drama of the Highlands image
Film Used: Ilford FP4 Plus
Camera: Rolleiflex 2.8D
Lens: Carl Zeiss Planar 2.8
Exposure time: 1/125 sec at f/8
Glen Coe, Scotland
Firstly, tell us the story behind this image. What inspired you to shoot it?
We were travelling through Scotland in early April, the weather was wild and stormy with heavy leaden clouds hanging low over the mountains and frequent rain bursts. We stopped the car as I expected an opening in the clouds to come and not long after the clouds opened up on the horizon and a magnificent ray of light hit the mountains. I did a quick light metering, wanting the image to be somewhat underexposed to capture the dark drama, and took a few exposures before the next rain burst got me back into the car.
What process did you use (Tripod? Set exposure time? Filters?)
The picture was taken handheld with no filters.
How did you process it?
I had the film processed at my lab. Then I scanned the negative and applied normal contrast/sharpening plus applied some doge and burn.
One of my favourite parts in working with Ilford negatives is the unbelievable dynamic range of the negative. I have lots of freedom in post-processing to create a high contrast image without loss of detail in neither highlights nor shadows.
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