10X30, 13X40, 16 1/2 X 50, 20X60, 24X72, 28X84, 30X90
Camera: Canham 5x7 metal field, 617 panoramic back
Film: Fuji Provia 100F Transparency Film
Hole in the Rock Panorama, Pfeiffer State Beach, Big Sur, California
This island of stone with an amazing "doorway" to the ocean has become quite an iconic photo location. I had the opportunity to lead a 4 day photo tour with a private client to the Carmel / Big Sur area of the California coast, and arranged to help him photograph this spot as one of our destinations. Given the amount of time we planned to spend here, I took the opportunity to set up my view camera with the 6x17cm film back. I chose not to include the entire rock, making the opening a bit more important to the scene. Using a long exposure was part of the lesson plan, and this shot is an example of how a long exposure causes all of the waves to blend into a fog, softening the water and adding to the weight of the rock. It is a beautiful contrast. Needless to say, the visit, and the image, was a success.