The Risk Worth Taking by grizzlysghost

The Risk Worth Taking

A little old-school inversion, with the sky above and clouds below.

Taken on 39-year-old film with a 61-year-old camera.

Film: Kodak Panatomic-X ASA 32, Expired Sep 1974
Process: D76 for 7min, 1.5min stop, 5min quick fix, gentle agitation
Camera: 1952 Rolleiflex 2.8C TLR with 35mm adaptor
See camera here: http://365project.org/grizzlysghost/365/2011-05-28

See another view of this lift here: http://365project.org/grizzlysghost/the-projects/2013-01-05

*Update: a little more about this shot you may find amusing. :) I was on a very steep slope and had just traversed from right to left to get a better angle on this lift. Around my neck I had my 5DMKII on the left, the M9 on my chest, and the Rolleiflex on my right. This was the final frame on the Rolleiflex so I wanted it to count. Seconds after this shot, my snowshoes lost their grip and I went down, burying the Canon in the snow and I slid on my ass all of the way down to the lift. I figured that was a good time to take a break, grab some lunch and collect myself. The Canon got turned off right away and into the backpack it went. I forgot to bring a take-up spool for the Rolleiflex so into the backpack it went as well. So I just sat on the edge of this unused lift looking out across the valley while I enjoyed a little snack :)
Wow... Your pov is great. Where does one get 39 year film from??
January 4th, 2013  
@kwind Thanks KWind! I get most of mine from eBay :)
January 4th, 2013  
Awesome composition and B & W shot! thanks for the info , it helps the viewer appreciate the shot more.
January 4th, 2013  
Hot damn!!! So awesome. Fav...

January 4th, 2013  
this is great..x
January 4th, 2013  
Wow, cool shot. I love the description, really makes you look twice at this.
January 4th, 2013  
wow! great comp, cool equipment!
January 4th, 2013  
Stunning viewpoint and a pretty good quality shot given the age of the film but then it was taken with a Rollei.
January 4th, 2013  
Fantastic pov and superb image - if that's what you can do with film that expired 39 years ago, I am in awe!
January 4th, 2013  
Amazing capture.
January 4th, 2013  
Fun shot, great BW. I lived in Utah for many years and remember the inversion well
January 4th, 2013  
such a beautiful capture!
January 4th, 2013  
Beautiful
January 4th, 2013  
Wonderful what a fantastic scene and even more special now that I read the info.
January 4th, 2013  
Beautiful!
January 4th, 2013  
awesome!
January 4th, 2013  
That is one lofty view! Wow!
January 4th, 2013  
Unique in many ways. Well done!
January 4th, 2013  
I know it's been said before, but I will say it again Wow!
January 4th, 2013  
Lyn
Okay, now, Aaron, did anyone else notice that a 61 year old camera + 39 year old film adds up to ONE HUNDRED YEARS?!? No wonder the shot itself is so superb. . . you are a good "keeper" of a hundred years of maturity and experience! +F
January 4th, 2013  
WOWWWWW! This is oustanding! I love that the gorgeous shot was taken on equipment so old. It just goes to show ya that sometimes newer isn't always better :) Stunning Aaron! :) And yea Lyn is right! THat is so cool!
January 4th, 2013  
Incredible!! I could never imagine film that old could develop so fine! Fav
January 4th, 2013  
Well I do like a nice old school inversion. Jealous of this gorgeous view!
January 4th, 2013  
no way would I ride that ski lift. I love roller coasters, but there's all those devices hugging you into place and I feel safe on them, but a ski lift descending into clouds? No thank you. LOL
January 4th, 2013  
Love this. I'd be ok going up the lift but might be a little worried/dizzy skiing into the clouds.
January 4th, 2013  
Awesome....above the clouds and not in a plane! Fav
January 4th, 2013  
Wonderful perspective,a super shot!!
January 4th, 2013  
Whoever said 'hot damn' said it all!!
January 4th, 2013  
wow amazing quality for the age of the film - do you develop the film yourself ? Love the pov
January 4th, 2013  
@stoat I develop all B&W myself; this one was D76 for 7 minutes. :)
@lyno Haha, that is too funny! Another interesting fact about this day: I took 329 digital shots with two cameras, and 36 film shots with the Rolleiflex... equalling 365 photos! I double and triple checked the figures when I saw that! :)
January 4th, 2013  
Amazing little point of view you have going here! That film did not let you down, did it!?!
January 4th, 2013  
I'm dizzy just from thinking how high up you must have been to have taken this shot! It's fabulous.
January 4th, 2013  
Great perspective. Having never been on a ski lift in my entire life, one gets certain images about what they should look like. You'd think the ski lift would take you to the top, but you appear to be above the top, so there's goes that mental image out the window.
January 4th, 2013  
Really cool photo! The composition is awesome!
January 4th, 2013  
Great shot and all the more impressive after reading your info. Hiking with 3 cameras!! I don't take my 5DmkII near the hill! Where is this taken?
January 4th, 2013  
@kiwichick This is at Whitefish Mountain Resort (I grew up knowing it as Big Mountain Ski Resort) in Whitefish, Montana (not too far from you I suspect)!
January 4th, 2013  
Thanks Aaron, I did some more reading on your photos and saw where you were after I commented! I spent many years at Fernie BC, love those mountains. But I've never made it to Whitefish. I've heard its a fun resort.
January 4th, 2013  
@kiwichick It's a great area overall :)
January 4th, 2013  
Love the pov, another great image!
January 4th, 2013  
Love this.
January 4th, 2013  
Lyn
@grizzlysghost Sometimes numbers are almost as fascinating as photography!
January 4th, 2013  
Amusing? I'm having a heart attack!! But as they say, 'Nothing ventured nothing gained' - you ventured an you gained. Fav
January 4th, 2013  
incredible aaron! :D and yeah funny little story there! but hope your canon is alright!
January 4th, 2013  
Okay my brain is officially confused! lol! Lucky you managed to get this one before you took the tumble! Hope the camera is okay :) I'm a beginner skiier myself - I got my boyfriend (who's been skiing ever since he could walk basically) to hold my camera in his backpack because I was scared I would fall over one too many times and damage it. xD
January 4th, 2013  
Terrific composition...hope you're dry now
January 4th, 2013  
@pocketmouse Haha, yes the camera is fine; I let it dry out before switching it on. The funny thing is, I very rarely tumble when skiing (I grew up on skis), but sure enough, I had to fall when wearing snowshoes!
January 4th, 2013  
@swilde Yep, all dry now (albeit a little sore).
January 4th, 2013  
awesome capture Aaron - and LOL to your story - can just picture you sliding away there - more worried about saving your cameras than yourself!!
January 4th, 2013  
@sparkle That is so true Juliette! I was hugging them like babies! :)
January 4th, 2013  
@grizzlysghost LOL - I nearly fell in the canal the other day - I was more worried about where the camera might land if I had to throw it to the side to stop it getting wet than the fact the water was like 10 degrees! Madness!
January 4th, 2013  
Awesome photo, method, and caption... fav for me!
January 5th, 2013  
I like this...but there is a little part of me that wishes Jake was there to get the photo of you ass sliding!! :)
January 5th, 2013  
@onie Haha, that would have been hilarious! @jsorensenart would never let me forget it!
January 5th, 2013  
I would have taken a head into a tree if I had a chance of saving my camera! My head will heal! :o) This looks super high! Your making me want a ski trip now!
January 5th, 2013  
@orangecrush Haha, that's the right attitude! I would have done the same, but the Leica was on my chest and the Rolleiflex was under my other arm; only so much I could do! :) I've updated my location with a Google earth screen cap on this image: http://365project.org/grizzlysghost/the-projects/2013-01-05
January 5th, 2013  
Fantastic POV. Glad you and your equipment are OK
January 5th, 2013  
Oh good Lord, I think i would have had a nightmare Aaron thinking of the camera covered in snow and what would happen. It didn't seem to phase you a bit.
January 5th, 2013  
@digitalrn Haha, all in a day's work Rick! I was annoyed I couldn't use it anymore until it dried, but the Canon is a workhorse; I was pretty sure it would be ok.
January 5th, 2013  
this is beautiful!
January 5th, 2013  
Fav for me!!
January 5th, 2013  
Wow.
January 5th, 2013  
So amazingly cool! I can't wait to go skiing this season. fav.
January 5th, 2013  
great capture above the clouds
January 6th, 2013  
Sue
I just keep going wow! I'm imagining you hiking in snow shoes forever to get this Aaron! My be old school, but beautiful!
January 6th, 2013  
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