Turner Street Jetty Augusta Australia

Turner Street Jetty Augusta
Turner Street Jetty Augusta Australia
Turner Street Jetty Seine Bay Augusta

I have been waiting for some time now to make this photograph at Turner Street Jetty at Seine Bay Augusta. However, every time I visited things were never quite in my favour. The biggest issue I faced were either strong prevailing winds or visual clutter.

If you are employing a long time exposure as in this image, then strong winds blowing against my 4×5 camera and tripod will blur the image. The option here is not to attempt the photograph.

However, the problem of visual clutter, in this case, clumsy signage, is not one I can easily overcome. Using film and traditional wet darkroom printing techniques means that photoshop cut and clone options are not available to me. Again, come back another time when something has changed.

On this visit something actually had changed. Yesterday’s hard northeast wind had dropped right off. Also some ugly signage placed on the jetty just months before had finally been removed.

With some light rain coming towards me I set up my 4×5 field camera. In the dim pre-dawn light I focused my 90mm lens on the brighter water/sky horizon. Then, I swung my camera back towards the jetty and leveled my horizon.

Normally, I would gain additional depth of focus by manipulating the plane of focus, by using a little back tilt. However, in the semi-dark, it is very difficult to see sufficiently to obtain correct focus, so I rely on depth of field alone.

Overall the contrast range of the image was only about 3 stops. I decided I would use stand development more so for my convenience of processing this sheet with other films I had. Being so low in contrast it could have taken normal development.

The resulting negative is low in overall contrast but has good shadow detail. I am confident that with my split grade printing technique I can easily obtain the desired contrast in the darkroom print while holding plenty of open detail in the wood.

Ilford HP5 stand developed, 90mm lens, f45 30 seconds, Wista field camera.

4 Replies

  • Alex I love traditional photography like this. I suppose the only thing you could have hoped for would be a fisherman sitting very still on the end of the jetty!

    • Peter, I agree if I could have had a stationary figure it would perhaps have added in some way to the picture, although I also like the emptiness that is present as it represents (to me) a question of possibility – if that makes sense? Thanks for your comment.

  • Sorry, you may get a truncated reply already. Great shot. Yes, you are right. It invites the viewer. The horizon is a bit shonky, but who cares. It’s damn good. My question was about stand processing – till I realised it was a link. Thanks for sharing this. Some decades ago, an Italian photographer did a series of wharf shots – ‘searching for the paths of god’, no doubt a take on ‘the paths of glory’. It is a good shot, Alex. Will you market it? Regards.

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