Kent Street Weir Canning River

Kent Street Weir Canning River spillway after good winter rain.  I have just printed this in my darkroom this morning, although I made the exposure last weekend.

It was rather impromptu in one sense. I had been out earlier walking the dog, minus my camera, and noticed that in the late afternoon light. The rainy weather had abated and everything was becoming wonderfully still. There was the roar of the water as it spilled over the dam wall. Its arching curves catching the light. The old concrete bridge pylons glowed as they stood fast against the flow.

So I quickly returned home I grabbed by 2 1/4 square camera and went back to the river in the fading winter light. I positioned myself downstream from the weir to take full compositional advantage of the flowing water. Rapidly setting up my tripod in the now fading light, I placed my camera in position.

Kent Street Weir Canning River was made using my Bronica SQA and 105mm lens.

Exposure time was 8 seconds at about f16 on Kodak TMax 400. The film was developed with LC29, with slightly less than normal development. The Epson V700 Scan is from the hand-printed 7.5 x7.5 inch Foma RC print.

Kent Street Weir Detail

Kent Street Weir Canning River Wilson Perth
Bridge detail, Kent Street Weir Canning River Wilson Perth

Kent Street Weir detail with a compact digital camera. It can be quite refreshing at times to use a compact digital camera. The instantaneousness feedback of digital photography allows an almost spontaneous response to whatever catches your eye.

You can point and shoot without over-thinking it. Sometimes it is just better to respond. You will be surprised at what you are really seeing and reacting to, visually. It is, for this reason, I find it a good exercise from time to time to change cameras. Swap formats, or swap between film and digital. Play with new ideas, especially those that come immediately to mind during our daily, often overlooked, humdrum routines.

I saw this image whilst taking the dog for her morning walk. It’s nice to photograph exotic locations, but sometimes we really need to exercise our imaginations a little more. Within our everyday existence, we need to create awareness. We need to be reminded that a subject’s photographic potential is only limited by our own preconceptions.

Maybe you should try something new for for a while to break out of your preconceptions and refresh your vision?

What about swapping between digital and film? Maybe leaving behind your hi-tech camera and using a pin hole came for a while? Or perhaps switch from a smaller format to larger one, or vice versa?

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