Another beautiful day in the low 60's. Will cool down back to the 40's for a few days, but Spring is finally here in the U.P. If the conditions are safe enough for sure footing, I will head down to my favorite area to photograph the Black River, below Rainbow Falls, to catch the torrent of the spring melt. I will use the HolgAngulon and Ilford Pan F at slow shutter speeds of one second or longer to turn the water into a creamy blur while keeping everything else tack sharp (1950's Schneider f 6.3 Angulon shot at f32-closed all the way down to adequately cover the panoramic 6x12 negative. The crashing of the water is so powerful immediately post melt that you cannot hear a thing above the roar .
I have admired the snowfence above on my way to Ashland, WI on US2 during the past few winters, always meaning to stop. Sunday, I made a trip just for that purpose and snapped four exposures. This was my favorite shot at f5.6 (one stop down from wide open-f3.f) The bokeh (areas out of focus) for the Schneider Xenotar is wonderful at f3.5-5.6. Whatever you are focusing on is tack sharp and everything behind it gradually becomes out of focus.