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Subject: Re: [Leica] filters for flourescents and giving birth....
From: "Simon Lamb" <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 22:36:09 +0100
References: <DC1F47F8EE84D311A2960008C73318C108B095@EX-EC-QUITO>


I think I may just stick with the B&W - it seems like the best option given
the lighting.  As for when I will take the photos, it will most definitely
be after the event once mother and child are settled.  I enjoyed the birth
of our first two girls and I want to enjoy this birth as well.


- ----- Original Message -----
From: Birkey, Duane <>
To: Leica Users (E-mail) <>
Sent: 18 May 2000 22:02
Subject: [Leica] filters for flourescents and giving birth....

> If it were me... I'd shoot color neg and skip the filter....   I use Fuji
> Superia 400 for a lot of available stuff around our hospital and my lab
> a good job getting the color balance compromise right on for interiors....
> Chances are if there is any daylight at all, you going to have mixed
> lighting anyhow and the correct filtration isn't going to be what you
> You end up shooting yourself in the foot because you are losing a stop or
> of light depending on the filter and it still won't be right....
>  After you correct out the fluorescent... you are going to get different
> shades of pink, blue and yellow from every different source...  Which is
> of the reasons why for certain things it is nice to use a flash...  I'm
> a big fan of mixed lighting...  but it is sometimes the best way to get
> shot if it covers a broad area....
> B&W of course... eliminates that problem and helps get rid of the red
> around as well....  Unless you like that in your pictures...
> My personal birthing shooting technique was (and will be again this fall)
> color neg in P&S camera with flash....
> My wife doesn't want photos of the labor process as my wife wants to
> the life out of my hand during that phase..... (I'm going to remember to
> take my wedding ring off this time)  I can't shoot a whole lot with one
> hand.... let alone focus...  I'll bring the Leica M in later on after they
> are back in their room.
> For the delivery, I will just shoot a couple of shots of the baby being
> up by the doctor and once my wife gets to hold it for the first time...
> wife doesn't like her skin to look yellow, blue or pink....  hence flash,
> and definitely nothing of the baby as it's leaving the womb..... That's a
> rather private moment IMHO... and believe me, nobody really wants to see
> pictures of that.
> My feeling is one should enjoy the experience, getting too involved in
> taking pictures detracts from the moment.
> For what it is worth.
> Duane
> Duane's Photographs of Ecuador

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