Rydal Water

Rydal Water, one of the smaller of lakes in the English Lake District, this was one of a sequence of shots that I took just after sunrise as the morning heat was freeing the lake of the overnight mist. Within five minutes of the far lakeside just being discernible the mist had completely disappeared.

Taken on a Mamiya RB67 medium format camera fitted with a 90mm standard lens. Film used was Ilford Delta 400 rated at iso 400 and exposed for 1 second at f16 and was developed in Prescysol for 10.5 minutes using the semi-stand method.

My test print showed plenty of detail in the lower half of the negative, comprising the reflections on the water, so this crop concentrates on that part of the frame. Printing at a lower contrast allows shadow detail to remain.

Printed on Kentmere Fineprint silver gelatin paper, developed in Agfa Neutol WA and this version warm toned using a combination of bleach-back and cold tea.

Landscape Photographer of the Year Award 2010

Black and White Photography Magazine 2010


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