In October 2019, I traveled to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, which is the southernmost city of Argentina. These pictures were made on the last day of my trip, during a boat tour through the Beagle channel and a walk on the Bridges Island. It was cloudy that morning and the sky didn`t seem to open up. However, it did and I was able to get on board.
The cameras I carried with me on that trip were a Leica M2 with a Summaron 35mm f/2.8 and a Hasselblad 500 EL/M with a Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm f/2.8. I loaded my Leica with a bulk-loaded roll of ILFORD HP5 PLUS and my Hasselblad with Kodak T-MAX 100. The wide exposure latitude of HP5 PLUS and T-MAX 100 enabled me to capture the dynamic landscapes of Tierra del Fuego. For this article, I chose some pictures from the last roll of film I shot on that trip, which were made with the Leica.
While we were on the boat over, we were able to see the Les Éclaireurs lighthouse and gaze at the spectacular landscape with its unique wildlife. Once we arrived at the island, we disembarked on a small wooden pier, which can be seen in two of the pictures. After walking around the island and taking some pictures, we got on the boat and returned to the harbor. On our journey back to the city, I was able to finish my last roll, which I developed with the rest as soon as I got back to my home in Buenos Aires.
I think that using a 35mm Leica enabled me to capture the images I could not make with the Hasselblad, as a result of being a slow camera. Also, the fact that I was using black and white film gave the work a more documentary approach.
I developed my film in Kodak HC-110 dilution B (1+31) and scanned it with an Epson Perfection V550. After using this developer for some time, I have to say that it’s very versatile and convenient because of its long shelf life. Not only is it easy to mix, but also it performs really well when pushing film. In fact, a 120 roll of T-MAX 100 which I pushed to 800 turned out almost grainless and with very rich tonality.
If you want to see all my photos from that trip, you can check out my website or my Instagram page (links below).
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