An interesting history of Lake Mokoan, which is near Benalla Victoria. I heard about the making of a new dam in the mid to late 60's in the swampy area north west of Benalla. I then was away from the area for some years, upon returning and visiting friends in Thoona in 1975, I was astounded to hear that there was a new lake and boating and swimming was the go.
Fast forward around a decade and the evaporation rate was so intensive the dam was useless, locals were up in arms about the water runoff quality threatening and killing livestock; which it did. The state government decided to reverse the decision and turn it back into a swamp again, not before thousands of trees and much wildlife had died.
It is expected to take at least 50 more years to get it sort of back to where it once was. I visited in the last week, hoping to see something of the progress, which so far has been good, however the floods and almost non-stop rain did make things a bit difficult.
I managed to get one sheet for the entire trip in between showers and rain. As I was exposing this sheet light rain started up again, I packed a wet camera into the camper with the view to open it up and dry it out in due course. That mostly light, but sometimes heavy rain, lasted for close to 20 hours.....
Helped a mate get his bogged truck out of a situation in the middle of the 20 hours of rain; gumboots are fantastic!
Shen Hao HZX45-IIA
Ilford FP4+ 4x5" sheet film.
Fujinon 250mm f/6.3 lens at 1/15 at f22.
Orange filter to try and get a contrast kick.
D76 1:1 and developed approximately half a stop more for a contrast kick.
As far as getting some contrast, well, maybe. It was such a flat day I was almost wishing for colour film; but I don't have any in sheet film any more.