Columbine, Kebler Pass, Colorado
Columbine, Kebler Pass, Colorado.
(Kodak Ektachrome 100VS)
How do you shoot chrome film on bright, sunny days in the mountains without blowing out your color? A Lastolite diffusion panel, or any other translucent fabric that will go between the bright sun and your subject. This spreads the natural light into a more pleasing soft light eliminating harsh shadows and evenly illuminating the delicate flowers to reveal more accurate natural color.
On this windy hillside the diffusion panel had the added benefit of slowing down the wind just long enough to keep the delicate flower still for 1/100 of a second. Plenty of time for the mighty F6 to do it's thing on 100 speed Ektachrome 100VS. The image was made at ƒ4 to blur the sharp-edged backdrop greenery into a soft, pleasing blur the 105VR is so good at, making the detail on the violet Columbine leaves stand out just a bit more.
The camera was set on a tripod and the image framed, then I stepped a few feet away to hold the tri-grip in the perfect position and watched the wind and light, waiting for the right time to release the shutter with the Nikon MC-30.