Cheltenham Badlands

Cheltenham Badlands

The late afternoon sun is starting to set over trees, I don’t have much time to capture the angular light before it disappears. I get out of the car and head over to a spot that looks promising. The only other people in the area are a professional photographer, his assistants and a couple of models. They are not in the same location where I decide to set up my camera. I unfold my tripod and proceed to set up my Linhof. Anyone who has worked with a large format camera understands this procedure is not taken lightly. As I get my focusing loupe out, I notice the group heading up the hill after breaking down  their set. Just my luck, the assistant decides to set down his load right in my photograph to catch his breath. As the rest of the group heads up the hill, they naturally stop at this location; no one seems to notice me. I wait patiently for a few minutes hoping they head to their vehicle. The sun is starting to set behind the trees, I need to do something fast. I shout out and politely request them to move, which they do. I get my film out, cock the shutter and make two quick exposures. The photographer intently watches from the side and then shouts out if I want to sell my tripod.

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