Old Bench and Leaf
I ran some Tri-X through my Crown Graphic on a sunny day. Most of my
subjects were in open shade. I rated the film at ASA 200 and reduced
development time by about a third.
I found a middle tone in each subject and used that reading to
determine exposure. I used a Pentax Spotmeter to read light levels.
In the above photo, I took my reading off the bench boards.
Bench and Birch
I shot this later in the day. The sun had found its way through some
trees to the right. I took a reading off a shaded area on the
pine tree trunk to the left of the five birch trees.
The brightness range of this scene really tested the film/developer
The shadows in the deep woods barely moved the Spotmeter needle and the
highlights on the birches and an area to the right of the bench were
nearly five zones above the middle.
These White Flox grow at the edge of the woods behind our house. When
the sun hits them they appear to glow when viewed against the shadowed
woods behind them.
I wanted to see if I could approximate that glow in a photograph.
I opened the Ektar way and overexposed the scene by about two stops.
The human eye is so much better than any photographic
equipment/processing combination. When I look at the flox in real
life, I can see the delicate details inside each flowerette. The glow
doesn't mask them as it does in the above photograph.
Knotweed blooms in late summer and bees love them. The blossoms hum
Here the subject was in full sun but shade was abundant within the
plant. I read off a leaf in the shade. I think the Tri-X held up
well despite a very wide brightness range.
The Optar was replaced with a Kodak Ektar for the above photos.
6x9 film back
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