Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/05/18

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Filter for hospital shots
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 14:53:41 -0400

Thanks, Buzz - The site is

And forget color. If at all possible, I would advise black and white - it
will give you more dramatic results, and it won't give you the headaches
from all the different light sources.

B. D.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Buzz
> Hausner
> Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2000 2:04 PM
> To: ''
> Subject: RE: [Leica] Filter for hospital shots
> I presume you mean for color photography, but what films do you anticipate
> using?
> As the father of two and the husband of an obstetrician, I know a
> bit about
> these matters.  First of all, labor and delivery rooms may be out-fitted
> with a variety of lights with a broad spectrum of color temperatures.  At
> the moment when each of my children were born, the lights in the room were
> dim and the scene of action was illuminated by a single lamp with an
> exceptionally cold light, much cooler than standard fluorescent
> tubes.  Your
> room may be different.  Also, if you are fortunate enough to have
> your child
> born during day and the room has a window, you may have a significant
> component of daylight of unknown quality.  One more thing is that in my
> experience, newborns do not photograph well in color, they will show an
> exceptional and unpleasant red.
> Where all of this leads me is to recommend that you record the event in
> black and white.  It is my personal feeling that black and white will
> provide you with more endearing and intimate memories of a very special
> moment.  Using black and white also obviates the filter question.  You can
> pack a variety of different speed films and load the appropriate
> one at the
> moment...believe me, you'll probably have plenty of warning.
> For a fine example of black and white photography in the labor room, I
> suggest you visit B.D. Colen's "A Day in Your Life" site and you will see
> examples of labor and delivery starring a nameless mother as well
> as my wife
> the spouse-pod. My wife is the one in the mask.  We can ask B.D.
> to post the
> URL if the pictures are still posted.
> 	Buzz Hausner
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Simon Lamb []
> Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2000 12:47 PM
> To:
> Subject: [Leica] Filter for hospital shots
> My wife will be giving birth to our thrid child in about six
> weeks time and
> I wanted to ask what would be the best filter for use in a hospital room
> with flourecscent tube lighting.  I have used B&W filters before but I am
> open to any suggestions of better filters for the Leica glass.
> I will be using the M6 and 50mm f/2.
> Thanks.
> Simon