Camera and Lens: Bronica SQ-Ai, Zenzanon PS 150mm f/4
Film stock: Ilford HP5+
Developer: Kodak D76
The Lost Coast, one of the last -mostly- undeveloped streches in the California coast. And it shows: the road to get there from Eureka is... bad. But once you get there, the dozen potholes you hit during the past hour become part of the past.
I took this photo where the road starts its way down to meet the ocean. From there, you have several miles of beaches you'll get to enjoy by yourself. They aren't the kind of beaches you are going to get a tan on though. And I love it.
I wanted to create 3 layers in this photo: the road, the rock in front of the ocean, and the sky.
The road leads to the needle without taking most of the frame. The use of the 150mm helped giving it the importance it deserves, but also "compressing" the background that in this case is the main subject.
I thought about placing the horizon lower (respect to the needle) but I went with this approach at the end: the top of the needle "touches" where the sea and sky meet. I think this creates some empty space that helps in an already busy composition.