Clinging tenaciously to the edge of the gorge of the River Nevis are a number of beautiful Scots Pine trees. They make wonderful subjects for a camera but can be rather problematic for modern super sharp lenses where every twig in both foreground and background are revealed in too much conflicting clarity.
The ancient Zeiss lens used in this image, with its super fast (for large format) aperture of f2.7, is ideal for an atmospheric rendering of these complicated forms. It isolated a thin focus plane, leaving the background to float off into an atmospheric haze; dark and mysterious.
Location and conditions
mid morning, dull overcast, mild
camera: Linhof Master Technika 5×4 field camera
lens: zeiss jena 165mm lens
exposure: 2sec f2.7 (9 stop ND)
film: kodak Tmax 100 5×4