As I followed a narrow back road north of the small community of Bolinas, California, I saw the late afternoon light reflecting from a pasture. Golden light bounced up and filled the dark shadows of the silhouetted California live oak. I stopped and set up a Hasselblad on my Quick-Set Traveling Samson tripod. A 40mm lens gave me the coverage I wanted. I was using Kodak’s VPS color negative film rated at ISO 100. I’ve returned several times to this location and photographed the same scene but haven’t seen the same quality of light again. My color prints of this negative show a yellow glow from the over-exposed background that illuminates patches of yellow/green lichen on the branches.
This location is north of San Francisco and south of Point Reyes National Seashore, just off Coast Highway 1. There are no highway signs pointing out the road to Bolinas. Every time state highway workers put up a new sign, the locals cut it down. Bolinas is a difficult place to find. Bring a good map.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.