Juan Diego Falls at El Yunque Rain Forest, Río Grande, Puerto Rico.

Discussion in 'Film Camera Forum' started by ajramirez, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
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    El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System. It is located in northeastern Puerto Rico, on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo mountains. Because of the abundant rainfall it gets, it is home to numerous rivers and waterfalls.

    I had not visited El Yunque since 1992. On Saturday, my good friend Eduardo Romero Flickr: e_romero's Photostream a wonderful landscape photographer and analog photography buff, invited me to the Juan Diego trail for a photo hike. It was a challenging hike, particularly with tripod and Hasselblad in hand, but it was a fun outing. Here are some shots of the Falls, all shot with a tripod mounted Hasselblad 500C/M and 50mm 4.0 Distagon or 80mm 2.8 Planar, on Ilford Delta 100 developed in D76 1:1.

    Juan Diego by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    El Yunque by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    Juan Diego by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    Juan Diego by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    Juan Diego by ramirezaponte, on Flickr


  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
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    Bill Shinnick
    Terrain looks really rugged but you have some great shots to show for it Antonio.
  3. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
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    Fantastic medium format quality there Antonio. It would have been interesting to pit a DP1M or DP2M against your Hasselblad.

  4. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    Jun 10, 2013
    Beautiful and inspirational. It must have been spectacular views with vivid colors.
    Thanks for sharing, Peter
  5. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    who put the stones on top of each other in No 3 .... I wonder ?
  6. ivoire

    ivoire SC All-Pro

    Dec 3, 2011
    chicago burbs
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    Very nice set! am remembering my visit there a few years ago
  7. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Wow, absolutely gorgeous Antonio!
  8. Agree, with the above comments, well done!
  9. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
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    Wonderful pictures Antonio.
  10. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
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    you should be able to figure it out...
    Nice work Antonio. I don't know that I'd have been willing to work that hard for it, but then I probably wouldn't have gotten such incredible results either!

  11. Garylh

    Garylh SC Veteran

    Great shots. All the work of hauling the equipment was well worth it.

  12. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
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    To be quite frank, I think the next time I may just bring the Leica and leave the Hasselblad at home. The setting was quite dark, which made focusing the Hasselblad quite challenging. However, the "you've got to be kidding me" moment was when Eduardo reminded me that because of the long exposure times, I needed to compensate for reciprocity failure of the film. He then proceeded to pull a reciprocity failure compensation chart for all popular B&W films. Had he not reminded me (and brought the chart), all of my shots would have been significantly underexposed.

    In addition to using his Bronica, Eduardo took some shots with his NEX-5 which, to my eye, are every bit as good as our analog shots.

    ReD - The stones were stacked by a Mr. José Hudo, who was also with us that day. He has a thing for stone sculptures... I did not notice them until after I processed the shot.

    Thank you everybody for your very kind comments! If you are ever in Puerto Rico, El Yunque is definitely worth a visit. Bring comfortable shoes, though, and prepare to get a little wet.


  13. Burkey

    Burkey SC Top Veteran

    Apr 18, 2011
    Northern New England
    Very well done. Some beautiful tones present in your images.
    . . . David
  14. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
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    Very nice images, been there, it is relly beautiful, i recommend anybody with some time while visiting PR check out the place El Yunque National Forest - Home
  15. Stan

    Stan SC Regular

    Apr 19, 2013
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    Lovely images of a beautiful location! And way to lug the hassy and tripod :)