Readers’ wildlife photos

We have some lovely black and white landscape photos today courtesy of reader Bill Zorn. His captions are indented.

Here are a few landscapes. I made these photographs with a Linhof Master Technika 2000 camera, a variety of Kodak 4×5” films, which I processed and printed on Ilford paper using Ansel Adam’s technique.

Great Wall from Sumatai:

Great Wall at Jiankou:

Teahouse, Dachang Village, China:

White Mosque, near Isfahan, Iran:

Acadia National Park, Maine:

Somewhere in North Carolina:

Linville Falls, North Carolina:

Sheikh Lotfalla Mosque dome, Isfahan, Iran:

Winery, Three Gorges, China:

Two Boats, Scottish Highlands:

Old man of Storr, Westeros, near Winterfell:

27 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted October 9, 2020 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Spellbinding

    Is Westeros [a] that place in Game of Thrones and [b] also a real place?

    • bill
      Posted October 9, 2020 at 7:59 am | Permalink

      might be the isle of skye, or, if you squint, is that a dragon?

    • Steve Pollard
      Posted October 9, 2020 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      As bill says, it’s on Skye, but in a location called Trotternish. Westeros doesn’t really exist.

      Bill Zorn’s a lucky guy, though. The couple of times I’ve been to Storr it’s been completely shrouded in thick mist and rain.

      • Steve Pollard
        Posted October 9, 2020 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

        PS: all the pictures are utterly stunning.

  2. Terry Sheldon
    Posted October 9, 2020 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Lovely stuff! Magnificent composition and technique. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. GBJames
    Posted October 9, 2020 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    I love that the definition of “wildlife” has expanded. Lovely photos.

    • Bruce
      Posted October 9, 2020 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      I agree. Thanks PCCE for giving us more to see & admire. Interesting compositions.

    • Posted October 9, 2020 at 10:30 am | Permalink

      +1

  4. Mark Jones
    Posted October 9, 2020 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Beautiful tones! Particularly the teahouse.

    • Posted October 9, 2020 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      Ditto. Teahouse and white mosque particularly blew me away.

  5. Posted October 9, 2020 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Beautiful pictures! The turn that ReadersWildlifePhotos has taken is so much fun.

    I well remember developing 4×5 negatives in the darkroom when I was in gradual school. And then making prints and seeing the picture appear the developer tray. Then rinse. Then stop bath. Then fixer. Then wash. It never got old.

    • boudiccadylis
      Posted October 9, 2020 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      I agree. lots of good conversation, too.

  6. Posted October 9, 2020 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Wow

    • Mark R.
      Posted October 9, 2020 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      That’s all I had to say as well!

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 9, 2020 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Great pics. Good to see somebody out there still goin’ at it old-school.

    • bill
      Posted October 9, 2020 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      i heard they came out with color film, amazing. but i don’t keep up like i used to.

      • Posted October 9, 2020 at 10:34 am | Permalink

        🙂

      • Posted October 9, 2020 at 10:35 am | Permalink

        Bill, which films do you use? Any trouble obtaining film and chemicals these days?

        How do you develop the films (developer/concentration/temperature)?

        Cheers! Beautiful work!

        • bill
          Posted October 9, 2020 at 11:01 am | Permalink

          haven’t made a photo in over 10 years. want to buy a darkroom? camera?

          i used tri-x and pyro; sometimes tmax films.

          i followed adam’s zone system, taking notes for each exposure, and developing the film to maximize the dynamic range. a high contrast scene would get much less development than a low contrast scene. see adam’s ‘the negative’ for details.

  8. eheffa
    Posted October 9, 2020 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Excellent images!

    A real delight. Thanks for posting these.

    -evan

  9. rickflick
    Posted October 9, 2020 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    All are great finds and well executed. The White Mosque is very peaceful. It doesn’t strike me as particularly Islamic. My impression is mosques tend to be ornate. Were there ornate areas of the building, or was it all in this subdued style?

    • bill
      Posted October 9, 2020 at 11:10 am | Permalink

      depends how rich the community is. this mosque was small, in the desert.

      the baroque period mosques are incredibly intricate; up till vasco de gama, persia had tons of money.

      the sheikh lotfalla (women’s) mosque didn’t allow testicles inside till recently.

      • rickflick
        Posted October 9, 2020 at 11:32 am | Permalink

        didn’t allow testicles inside till recently.

        A real breakthrough.

  10. Posted October 9, 2020 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos, thanks Jerry and Bill.

  11. Posted October 9, 2020 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Beautiful pics. Winter is coming!

  12. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted October 9, 2020 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    If only Mr Trump would build a beautiful wall like that one. I’m sure the patent has expired.

  13. Posted October 9, 2020 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing your breathtaking work, Bill!


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