Jul 4, 2010

The Making of a Photograph - Water Tower, 20th of June, 2010


Near Montemor-o-Novo, 20 of June 2010
Gandolfi Precision 8x10"+Docter Apo-Germinar 11.5/600mm+Leitz Or Filter
Fomapan 100, Rodinal 1+50

You know my name, you know my face, you know some of my cameras, so why not let you take a look at me making a photograph?
So, I asked Helena to do a little reportage of me and my Gandolfi at work. Take this as a little story, how the image above came to happen.

It's almost 50ºC today, I drink some cool beer and I talk to you out there, what better way of spending a hot sunday afternoon could I dream of?
Hope that you have some fun...

Setting up the camera

First adjustments and leveling of the camera

Checking up the Copal 3 shutter

A little smile for the photograph...

(notice the box of the Rodenstock filter, to avoid bellows vignetting)

Another smile with the 8x10" film holder

Inserting the Fomapan 100

Abusing the comfort of the Rimowa cases...

Getting a little lazy

The beauty from the back

To filter or not to filter?

Waiting for the wind to stand still

A special thank you goes to Helena Roque who took these wonderful photographs with a Canon 30D, and who was kind enough to help me carrying the heavy equipment.
She was not only lucky enough to survive one more ride in the Defender, but she also survived the boring company of a photographer and his passion...
It takes some guts to accomplish that!

P.S.: The big camera above is equivalent to use a Nikon or Canon and a 85-90mm lens (in 35mm). That's more or less what you get with the 600mm in 8x10"...


  1. This is a wonderful testament to you Rui. Thanks so much for sharing yourself like this.

  2. obrigada pela partilha destas fotos,é bom ver o fotógrafo, vejo um bonito Ser. um bom Homem !!

  3. Brilliant to come across this... I was wanting some background on Gandolfi cameras for something I was writing & this illustrated what I needed beautifully & visually. Thank you!