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The Way West
Photography by Jim Richardson

“From the top of the bluff near the chimney I had a splendid view westward of some of the most beautiful wild and romantic scenery as I ever beheld.”
Dan Carpenter, 1850



Camera: Hasselblad X-Pan panoramic camera
Film Type: Ektachrome E100SW
Lens: 45mm f4 (moderate wide angle)
Speed and F Stop: 1/60 at f8-11
Weather Conditions: Broken clouds with sunlight coming and going
Time of Day: Early morning, just after sunrise.
Lighting Techniques: Waited for just the right light on Chimney Rock and the grasslands

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR COMMENTS:
The Hasselblad X-Pan is a special 35mm wide-format camera that I used to heighten the expansive nature of the landscapes the pioneers encountered on the the way west. I always look for the cloud patterns, and here the sweeping pattern was critical to the success of the picture. That morning I shot the same scene with the Nikon (regular 35mm) and a Noblex panning camera (same wide format as the Hasselblad but giving a picture angle of about 150 degrees as opposed to about 75 degrees that you see in this picture). Shooting the same scene from many angles and viewpoints (often over and over) is one of the tricks of making landscapes that sing.


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