I made this image of Paperbark Walpole Nornalup Inlet at sunrise. It was only a few kilometres from where I had set up camp.
Packing my 4×5 camera gear into a day pack I headed off on a cool Winter’s morning just before sunrise. Taking a bush track I hiked through stands of karri and marri forest, enjoying views out over the inlet. My route was taking me around the inlet headlands. As I descended the headland to the shoreline, the tall forests receded to smaller saltwater paperbarks. Their trunks gnarled and twisted, with strips of white bark hanging off the undersides of branches.
The south coast can be very breezy. This morning was very still. I could hear fish splashing in water far off as they feed in the pre-dawn glow. Waterbirds calling from far across the inlet sound close at hand.
The first rays of direct sunlight did not emerged over the forested inlet knolls until half an hour after actual sunrise. As the sunlight struck this gnarled paperbark at the water’s edge, the perfectly smooth water gave a mirror reflection.
Panoramic vs Rectangular Format
I made two separate exposures at the same time. The first I made on 4×5 film. The second exposure on a 6x12cm roll film back. The reason being that I intended to either publish the image in my postcard series or provide the 6x12cm panoramic view for a double page magazine spread.
The idea that you are seeing more in a panoramic image is not entirely true. To make a true panoramic image you should be using a rotating lens or rotating film back. A full projected image from a lens would be circular in shape, not rectangular. Contemporary panoramics are, in fact, long thin rectangular strips cropped from a circular image. Similarly, regular format images come from the same circular image, but they have more height.
I exposed both my sheet film and roll film from the same position with the same camera. The panoramic version of Paperbark Walpole Nornalup Inlet was made with the same lens but using a 6x12cm roll film back with Velvia film. The size of the image circle remained the same for both. Only the film size has changed.
Paperbark Walpole Nornalup Inlet Western Australia was eventually published a few years later. I didn’t submit the panoramic 6x12cm but instead sent the 4×5 image to the publishers. It was first published as a double page spread in the book Old Growth Australia’s Remaining Ancient Forests, 2009 by Hardie Grant Books, Prahran Australia.
This image was from a full sheet of 10x12cm (4×5 inch) film using a 90mm Rodenstock Grandagon lens.
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