Tristan Campbell is a landscape photographer based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, who mainly uses traditional large format film cameras.
My passion for creating images of the landscape began with viewing my grandfather's landscape photography and being deeply inspired by the traditional landscape painters of the 17th and 18th century. My first landscape images were created with pencils and paints. Currently I'm trying to return to these painterly roots but time constraints made painting difficult to fit in and I turned to photography.
For me the large format view camera seems as close as photography gets to painting. Although these cameras can be operated at speed when needed the general pace is typically rather slow and cumbersome. Having a very limited number of (expensive) sheets of film also imposes a very disciplined approach to photography.
Colour negative film is for me the ultimate photographic medium. The dynamic range it is able to capture in a single exposure is breath-taking and the subtle colour and highlight handling all make for a subtle and realistic capture.
Film is developed in a Jobo CPE processor with Fuji Hunt C41 chemicals and then scanned on one of my temperamental scanners where the image is then processed in Photoshop. Image processing is kept to a minimum, typically just colour correction and tonal adjustments.
I do occasionally still use digital, the Canon 5D classic combined with a 17-40mm captured many of my favourite images. Today I use an (old) Canon 1ds3 which produces wonderfully smooth and detailed files and an EOS-M as a digital sketchbook often alongside a film camera.
Large format Lenses
Schneider 47mm XL, Nikon 65mm f/4, Nikon 90mm f/4.5, Nikon 120mm f/8, Nikon 150mm f/5.6, Horseman 180mm f/5.6
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, Canon 24mm TSE mkii, Canon 35mm 1.4, Canon 50mm 1.2, Canon 85mm 1.2, Canon 135mm f/2
Howtek 7500, Howtek 4000, Flextight Precision II, CanoScan 9950f
Gizto Tripod, Lee filters, Fuji Film, Kodak Film