Flashback Friday: Canterbury Moon at Dusk

My life twenty-four years ago today found me on one of my first journeys to New Zealand. I had finished conducting the day’s business in the vicinity of Greymouth, on the northwest coast of the South Island, and I was traveling toward Christchurch on the east coast to prepare for the next day’s work. I had just come through the Southern Alps via Arthur’s Pass and was descending toward the city through the plains of Canterbury and was watching the glorious full moon rising ahead of me through a line of Lombardy poplars, frequently used as windbreaks between tilled fields. I clearly remember seeing  one tree that was slightly shorter than its neighbors and, hastily attaching my camera to my tripod, sprinting across the dark field to get into the right position by the time it would be high enough to reach the notch. I had about a minute and a half to set up, and I remember making about a half-dozen exposures before it had risen too high, and this was—and still is—my favorite of the series. I had Scotchchrome 1000 loaded into my Pentax SF-1N, which accounts for the very prominent grain, a feature that endeared me to that film for several years, a conscious trade-off for its inability to capture sharp details.

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20 Responses to Flashback Friday: Canterbury Moon at Dusk

  1. shoreacres says:

    What a beautiful moon, and a wonderful Canterbury tale.

    • krikitarts says:

      Watching that moon rise was a diametrical opposition to watching a teakettle boil: It was happening much faster than I’d expected or hoped. This reminds me that I really should revisit Arthur’s Pass, another magical part of the country. Thanks, Linda!

  2. Vicki says:

    Ditto to Linda’s (shoreacres) comment.

  3. Meanderer says:

    How beautiful. I love the texture. In fact the whole image looks like a collage to me: small stems from a plant laid onto beautiful textured paper with a golden moon shape placed on the top!

    • krikitarts says:

      That’s exactly how I envisioned it, and I knew that the texture of this unique film would add its particular character to it. I had two other cameras at hand, one loaded with Kodak TMAX and the other with Fuji RDP2, and I chose this one because of the texture. I’m delighted that you like it so much–and took the time to tell me!

  4. seekraz says:

    Very nice capture, Gary. From my perspective, it was worth your rushing about and waiting to get the perfect shot. :)

  5. Adrian Lewis says:

    Absolutely beautiful image, Gary, and the grain really adds to it. Good story too – not sure I can sprint anywhere these days! Adrian :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Hey, that was nearly two and a half decades ago, and I’m happy to recount my agility back then. Nowadays–never mind, don’t ask what I’d have to do in a similar situation. I still do what I can, of course, but somehow the physical capabilities seem to have lagged behind their actual ability to rise to the occasional challenge. I’ve written a song about this that I really should share here one of these days…

  6. The grain in your image caught my attention immediately, but I somehow never heard of Scotchchrome till now. I remember Greymouth (Eve has a greenstone piece from there), Arthur’s Pass (with its keas and flowering rātā trees), and of course Christchurch, where we spent five days over two visits.

  7. I never used that film but apparently it was a grain-lover’s friend. I like your use of the tall grasses below the moon. They express movement whether from the breeze of just the way they grew with the upper curve.

  8. bluebrightly says:

    It’s wonderful! Thank you for showing it – it’s also a bit of an antidote to the clarity of so many images that are published these days.

  9. The grain is very effective, and the moon really shines here. It has character and artistry. Nicely done, Gary

    • krikitarts says:

      Thank you–yes, that was one special moon. Unfortunately 3M (Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing) pulled the plug on Scotch Chrome 1000, as I recall, some time around 1990. I was very sorry to see it go. I think I tried to buy a bulk roll but my search was not successful.

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