California's Route 66
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First stop: the Barstow rail yard:
No HDR, no problem! With properly-shot film, everything from the disc of the sun and sunstars to the deepest shadows are just there in the first place. Shot on digital the sun would have blown out to a huge, ugly circle instead. Ha!
Freight Train Whizzing by Barstow Station, Early Morning. 1989 Hasselblad 903 SWC, Hoya B60 Orange filter, Kodak T-Max 100 in 1993 Hasselblad A12 magazine, Gossen Luna Pro SBC. More technical details. bigger.
This was a slow exposure at f/22, probably about 1/8 of a second, timed for when the train was moving slowly across my frame. Of course with an eighth-second exposure, the crawling train looks like it's going 85 MPH. This is a standard trick in vehicle shots: they drive a car slowly with a camera mounted to it and make a long exposure, and it looks like they're doing a hundred and two and shooting right at the wheel.
All done at the rail yard, we pack up and head out on Route 66 to the Bottle Tree Farm:
Gas Pump at the Bottle Tree Farm, Route 66, 10:24 A.M. 1987 Zeiss Sonnar T✻ 150mm f/4 CF with Hasselblad B60 CR 1,5 warming filter, 1992 Hasselblad 503 CX with 1985 PME metered prism reading EV 13⅚, Fuji Velvia in 1996 Hasselblad E24 magazine, f/11 at 1/125 (EV 14; my Gossen Luna Pro SBC said EV 12⅚ at ISO 40 and the meter app in my iPhone said 13, both at ISO 40 to compensate for the CR1.5 filter not on the stand-alone meters). More technical details. bigger.
Willys Jeep, Bottle Tree Farm, Route 66, 10:35 A.M. 1993 Zeiss Planar T✻ 80mm f/2.8 CF set to 1.25 meters as seen on ground glass with Hasselblad B60 Proxar 0.5 (actual subject distance 503mm), Hasselblad B60 CR 1,5 warming filter, 1992 Hasselblad 503 CX with 1985 PME metered prism reading 12⅙, Fuji Velvia in 1996 Hasselblad E24 magazine, f/22 at 1/8. (Gossen Luna Pro SBC said EV 12½ at ISO 40 and the meter app in my iPhone said 12⅓, both at ISO 40 to compensate for the CR1.5 filter not on the stand-alone meters). More technical details, including a photo of the setup for this photo. bigger.
Metal Sculpture at the Bottle Tree House, Route 66, 10:49 A.M.1993 Zeiss Planar T✻ 80mm f/2.8 CF with Heliopan B60 Yellow filter, 1.19 meter focus distance,1992 Hasselblad 503 CX with 1985 PME metered prism reading EV 11/12, Kodak T-Max 100 in 1993 A12 magazine, f/9.5 at 1/30. (My Gossen Luna Pro SBC and iPhone light meter app both agree at EI 50.) bigger.
From here we headed towards home. I dropped my film at the lab, exciting photos of which you can see at technical details.
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