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Never Never Creek

Never Never Creek, NSW, Australia 1999


It sounds like something out of Peter Pan, and almost could be. This attractive creek is located in Northern New South Wales near the tranquil town of Bellingen.

The bulk of the creek bed was gravel, but this slab of rock caught my eye (while assorted midges and mosquitos caught my blood).

This is not a straight interpretation of the scene, I have burned down the water and bush at bottom and top (respectively) of the image in the printing process to emphasise the abstract nature of the patterns in the rock.

See this page for a more detailed discussion of how this image makes the transition from negative to final print.

Technical Comments

Camera: Linhof Super Technika IV

Lens: 150mm f5.6 Schneider Apo-Symmar

Exposure: 1s @ f16

Film: Agfapan APX 100 (EI 64 ASA)

Development: 10 mins in Rodinal 1:50

(See: Technical Notes for more general technical information).

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