Photographer's Note

time: December1994

location: 1950m above sea level, at the base of Astraka peak (2436m) on mount Gamila in Epirus, Greece

situation: Christmas time and a lot of mountaineers had hiked from Papigo to Astraka mountain refuge to enjoy the grandeur of the place. me and my friends didn't have to care for beds since our plan was to sleep in our tents, as usual. even if it was very, very cold!

procedure: daylight had almost gone when i mounted the Zenit + 29mm wrapped in a plastic bag on a small tripod and composed this view of our tents, the hut and the Astraka peak behind. then set the camera on Bulb and used a simple cable release to lock the shutter. i intended to open it the next morning before dawn, and so i did.

after: exposure and sharpness were ok, the effect of the star trails plus the trails of our headlamps moving around was great but the Fujichrome transparency came out green, as expected. those familiar with really long exposures on film know very well what reciprocity failure is: when exposed for more than a few seconds all films suffer color shift - the longer the shutter speed the more unexpected phenomena appear. well, we had no WhiteBalance buttons on our cameras back then, but we have photoshop now and i used it for color, hue and contrast corrections ;)

credits: the russian Zenit is arguably the cheapest 35mm camera with B(ulb) function available but its shutter doesnt't need batteries to work so it can stay open forever - very few other 35mm cameras can do that and none of them is a digital, btw ;)

thank you

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Additional Photos by Kostas Tzanetos (burzum) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 90 W: 3 N: 190] (1020)
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