Leather Kelp Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, Australia. This beautifully textured kelp is one of the more common seaweeds along the southern coastline of Australia.
Leather Kelp Cape Leeuwin Augusta Australia is available for purchase online. Sheoak Forest Canning River Perth is a 28 x 35cm silver gelatin print, hand-printed by the author. It is dry-mounted onto 100% cotton museum board, then window-mounted behind a clear acrylic sheet. Framed in graphite tone aluminium it is ready to hang. Outer dimensions 50.5 x 60.5cm. Limited edition of 10, signed and numbered. Freight and insurance within Australia included.
While this seaweed can be commonly found along the south coast, the challenge is to find a composition within a tangled mass. Another problem is that the best seaweed forms and shapes usually occur right on the water line. Which means that the subject matter is moving with the surf!
One advantage of a 4×5 field camera is the bellows extension. Most field cameras will have a bellows which will extend out to approximately 300mm. With a standard focal length lens of 150mm, this bellows extension can theoretically provide sufficient lens extension for one to one image magnification.
It was just this set up that I used in this image of Leather kelp on the beach at Cape Leeuwin. The movement of the front or rear standards can assist in