Port Kembla and Bombo

For some time now I have had my eye on the Skink Pinhole Kit for Copal #0 shutter, so finally purchased one and it arrived last Friday.

I installed the 0.4mm f.214 pinhole in a #0 shutter. This had previously housed an older 90mm Schneider Linhof Angulon from which I had carefully removed and packed away the lens elements. The shutter was then mounted on a lens board for use with my Chamonix 045F1 View Camera. Having a pinhole mounted in this way means that I can also use my large format camera for lensless photography, along with multiple film options including sheet, roll, and instant.

With sheet film loaded ready to shoot, I went to Hill 60 near Port Kembla where I made a number of images with shutter speeds of around 9 seconds. Fomapan 100 needs fairly long exposure times to avoid reciprocity failure.

The imaginatively named Hill 60 is on old military reserve, with decaying gun emplacements, built to protect Port Kembla and its heavy industries during World War II. Prior to the war maritime unions at the port had refused to ship steel to Japan. They argued it would come back as bombs, and earned the ire of the government of the day.

Looking south near Kembla Beach

Looking south near Kembla Beach

Beneath Hill 60

Beneath Hill 60

Hill 60

Hill 60

Into the distance

Into the distance

The following day when I went to Bombo Point, the swell and tide was high, and exposures were closer to eighteen seconds. In the second of these images, the exposure included a mighty wave breaking on a rock wall with its aftermath of spray. The sea here at times boils like a cauldron.

Rocky cauldron

Rocky cauldron

Spray after impact

Spray after impact

Walls and ferment

Walls and ferment

All images were made on Fomapan 100, which was developed in a mix of Xtol(1.2)+paRodinal(1.160).

4 thoughts on “Port Kembla and Bombo

  1. Fabulous set of pictures, Peter. Of course one advantage of using your view camera in this way is that you can have a pinhole camera which corrects converging verticals (if you want to).
    Great series.

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