Graflex Pacemaker Crown Graphic large format 4×5 camera with Schneider Kreuznach 150mm f5.6 Symmar-S lens.
Kodak Ektar 100 negative film.
Shutter: 480 seconds
• Conditions were clear but extremely windy.
• Based on an exposure reading I took later I decided that I had underexposed this sheet. I extended development time to push it one stop.
• Since I planned this shot to have no meaningful detail at the top or bottom I trimmed the 4×5 film to 6cm wide (the width of medium format film) so it would fit in the medium format holder of my Nikon Coolscan 9000ED. Normally this scanner cannot scan 4×5 film since it is too large.
This is a shot I have wanted to take for a long time. Generally, there are no good clear days in a Doha summer. However, the wind picked up very strongly this day. In fact, it was the precurser to the sandstorm we have been having ever since. I knew it was the day after the full moon so I went down to the corniche just on the off chance. It was weirdly clear but it was extremely windy. I really wasn’t sure if I could keep the camera steady enough. I shielded the camera as best I could from the wind throughout the eight minute exposure. I can see that the wind has definitely taken the edge off the sharpness of this but I think it remains acceptable.
If you take the time to look at a large version on black you might notice the dhows that are moored in the water in the foreground. The amount that they are blurred will give you some idea of the ferociousness of the wind when I was taking this!