Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/05

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Rules + new HUMAN TRAFFIC images (kind of) WAS Dogme9 5 etc
From: Johnny Deadman <>
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2001 11:27:28 -0500

on 5/1/01 10:35 am, Buzz Hausner at wrote:

> Caution.  This will work with a leaf shutter at any speed.  With a focal
> plane shutter it will only work at or slower than the sync speed.
> Buzz

Correct. On the Leica I only attempt this in dim light. Anything where I can
use a speed below sync for the ambient exposure. In reality this gives you a
lot of leeway, as 1/50 @ f/16 is pretty bright even on 400 film (not direct
sunlight though, I'll admit). On 100 film it's easier. I have some shots on
my site which were shot like this in pretty bright light using a Leica and
the 283... the street music festival section. I think this was Fujichrome
160, maybe underexposed a half stop.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Johnny Deadman []
> Sent: Friday, January 05, 2001 9:54 AM
> To: LUG
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Rules + new HUMAN TRAFFIC images (kind of) WAS
> Dogme95 etc
> on 5/1/01 1:10 am, Tim Atherton at wrote:
>> I think he means leaving the shutter open and popping the flash when the
>> picture is just right?
> No, not quite though that would be cool. I simply set the flash to auto at
> f/11 or f/16, set the aperture on the Rolly to that, use an incident meter
> to figure out what shutter speed the ambient light would require at that
> stop, and use a shutter speed a stop higher so that the ambient exposure is
> one stop under (sometimes two). In sunlight I would reverse the balance so
> the flash exposure is one or two stops under.

- -- 
John Brownlow