This is the lower quarter section of Buttermilk Falls in Sussex County, New Jersey. The waterfall is found in a remote region of the New Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap. To get to the falls you need to go down a series of dirt and gravel roads that weave their way through forest and a patchwork of farms that were all abandoned when the canceled Tocks Island dam project claimed the land in the late 1960s through early 1970s. At an estimated 200 feet high, the falls are said to be the tallest ones in New Jersey. A parking lot is found directly across the road from the falls and no hiking is required to get to them though a steep set of steps can be found that lead up to an observation platform that overlook the falls from above.
This image marks a number of firsts for me including the first time shooting Ilford FP4+ and the first time shooting a full size waterfall with a large format film camera.
Busch Pressman Model D 4x5 LF press camera.
150mm Caltar-S II F 5.6 lens in Copal BT shutter.
Tiffen 0.6/ND4 2 stop neutral density filter.
Ilford FP4+ B&W Negative Film, shot at ISO 125.
Metered with Minolta one degree digital spot meter.
Metered exposure was 4 seconds @ F22 with zone III placed on shadowed mossy area. Compensation for the ND filter boosted the calculated exposure to 16 seconds at F22 and film reciprocity compensation for the Ilford FP4+ gave a final calculated exposure of 2 minutes and 9 seconds @ F22.
Semi-stand development in Rodinal 1:100 for 15 minutes in Mod54 daylight tank.
Negative scanned with Epson V600.