Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/01/24

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Subject: [Leica] re: Black cats, metering and the Zone System
From: kididdoc at (Steve Barbour)
Date: Sat Jan 24 10:51:45 2009
References: <DA90F60454974BE5AE741BB80A35363F@Bigguy>

On Jan 24, 2009, at 11:36 AM, Walt Johnson wrote:

> George
> Three of my cats are zone 3ers one is a solid zone 4 and one  a   
> glaring zone 8. There never seems to be a problem doing a shoot with  
> these little fuzzies while using TriX and D-76.
> In bright sun I simply meter for the zone 4 puss, close down a stop  
> and shoot away. To compensate for the extreme brightness range and  
> loss of detail in shiny zone 8 kitty I use N-2 development. This us  
> where the comparison between film and digital seems to become  
> confusing. Without the ability to control zone placement with  
> processing how does one carry out previsualization to its logical  
> conclusion?
> Processing is  half the battle when attempting to imagize our  
> surroundings. With digital I'm denied an important step in my quest  
> from conception to fruition. The old-fashioned way allows a magical  
> intervention on our part. I have a plethora of pussies. Black,  
> white, and in-between. It's not too farfetched to conceive of making  
> my white one grey or my black ones white. Again, we come back to  
> developing our film  the old fashioned way.

sounds like you can't go wrong Walt...
> I'm really interested in  where we go with the new technology and  
> anxiously await your input. Also, do you think it would be  
> informatiive and educational to use te Zone System as a category in  
> one of the montly contests?

I'd like that....  as a completely untrained   "intuitive"  shooter, I  
just do it ,

but I'd love to learn to do it  properly,

> Walt
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