I loaded up my behemoth of a camera and headed for San Francisco to get a shot of the Golden Gate. I’ve been wanting this shot for a while, so I decided this weekend would be as good as any. Traffic was heavy and it took nearly three and a half hours to get into the city. I figured it would be about the same to get back home. So I was a little concerned when I finally got to the bridge and it was full overcast and I only had one piece of paper to shoot onto.
Typically my exposure time with this camera is 6.5 minutes in full sun. I’ve never attempted to shoot in overcast so it was pretty much a big guess. I found a sturdy group of rocks to rest the camera on and ended up doubling the time to 13 minutes since it was a little later in the afternoon and there was so little light.
Once I got home I dropped the paper in the developer and was relieved to find my exposure was good. Quite honestly I was happy “anything” came out on the negative after an entire day of driving for one picture. But I guess that’s what makes this type of photography so fun.
Timespan: 4:43pm – 4:55pm = 13 minutes
Paper: Ilford RC Matte
Contact Print: 70 seconds w/ bare 15 watt bulb