Tim Layton Fine Art | Big Spring in the Ozark Mountains With Pentax 67II and T-Max 400

Big Spring in the Ozark Mountains With Pentax 67II and T-Max 400

June 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

In this brief video, Tim Jr. went out scouting at Big Spring in the Ozark Mountains at daybreak.  Having him be a part of the business is a tremendous help for me personally and we are able to do things now that simply weren't possible when it was just me alone. He scouted this location, recorded the video footage and produced the movie all on his own.  

He used his Pentax 67II with T-Max 400 rated at EI-250 on the scouting trip and he developed the film in XTOL 1:1 in the Jobo for 9 minutes at 20C.   


Big Spring is a fascinating and beautiful place.  Big Spring is thought to be the largest natural spring in the USA with over 286 million gallons of water flowing per day.  

An enormous first magnitude spring, it rises at the base of a bluff on the west side of the Current River valley in the Missouri Ozarks. Located about four miles downstream from Van Buren, it is within the boundaries of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and its visitor facilities are managed by the National Park Service. It is a contributing resource to Big Spring Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

The spring issues from the base of a limestone bluff, churning out aqua-blue water with great force, creating white caps, then quickly calming to a crystal clear channel. The spring water travels about 1,000 feet (300 m) where it adds itself to the Current River. The water is about 58 degrees Fahrenheit (13.3 °C), and the spring is surrounded by a well maintained park and a steep valley hillside covered in hardwood forest. Most of the known drainage basin encompasses northern areas of the Eleven Point River watershed. Big Spring is ever increasing in size, as the groundwater continues to dissolve limestone in a vast karst system, and continuation of stream capture in greater quantities. The spring is estimated to dissolve and remove 175 tons of limestone during an average day. The amounts of limestone dissolved and removed by the spring system in one year is estimated to equal a one-mile (1.6 km) long cave 30 feet (9.1 m) high 50 feet (15 m) wide, though that amount is dispersed among all parts of the karst system.


Relax and enjoy the video for the next couple of minutes.  We will be making some prints from this outing in the near future and they will be available in my silver gelatin fine art print gallery

I plan to return in the fall when the colors will be spectacular and bring my 4x5 and 8x10 large format cameras.  Tim Jr. found a perspective that I am excited to photograph in the fall.  We frequently scout with the Pentax 67II or Pentax 645N medium format cameras for maximum portability.

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