Summer Solstice in Glen Lyonn

Objective : to capture the Praying Hands of Mary in Glen Lyon on the eve of the summer solstice.

So, on the evening of June 21st Jamie and myself planned a leisurely stroll up the hill with a few bags of kit for this rather special evening. What actually happened was begging favour from a local friend Drew who had a 4wd buggy to get all the kit required to do a remote location wet plate session including 2 ultra large format cameras, plates, chemicals, and a tent to construct a mobile darkroom.

Location and view point chosen, tent setup, camera in position we were ready to start shooting. As the late afternoon turned to eve he light in was simply fantastic with the setting sun hitting the rocks giving us some truly wonderfull contrast. A perfect summers eve, what could possibly go wrong….

FullSizeRender 8 copyDSC_9668We had a few challnges such as getting the tent dark enough in the setting sun and organising the wet plate processing environment. Although my 130 year old camera is just about light tight it can suffer from leaks with strong sunlight in certain directions and this showed on the first few plates but with some perserverence we did manage a couple of acceptable plates.DSC_9690FullSizeRender 9FullSizeRender 10FullSizeRender 11

As we started to lose the sun we then setup my other large camera, a recently aquired Intrepid Camera 10″x8″ to capture a few b&w film negs, things were all going well untill the shutter mechanism broke after the first neg so did a few using the lens cap as a shutter, actually worked well but the presure of losing the light had its influence.

 

The memories from this session will last a lifetime, experiencing the setting sun in this most beautiful corner of the Scottish Highlands with great company whilst surrounded by analogue camera and of course closing with a wee dram, whats not to like.

We are hoping to do further location sessions later in the year with Jo Cound to complete the collective.
Jo, your presence was sadly missed.

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Photography by Jamie Grant / Dave Hunt

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