Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/11/14

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Subject: Re: [Leica] ultra wide/light ?
From: "Don Dory" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 22:55:04 -0500
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In contrasty situations you will have to decide what to keep and what to
lose.  Even a heavily pulled film is only going to show a 7-8 stop range
compressed to 5 on the paper.  I have had best results with a spotmeter that
remembers previous readings and shows the spread of light.  That way you can
make an informed decision on what you want to keep.  Of course, in bright
light the sunny 16 rule applies and you can set accordingly.

Traditionally, if you shoot slide film you meter the brightest part of the
scene you want detail in and add two stops more exposure.  For neg film you
meter the darkest part of the scene you want detail in and subtract two
stops.  Or use a camera with TTL flash, stay within flash range, dial in a
negative 1.3 to 1.7 stops on the flash and bang away with a average meter
reading of the scene.  Now you know why so many on this list want a wunder
camera from Solms, they just don't realize the R8 does the trick.

However, in your part of the world maybe the best time to photograph is
early and late or when the sun is partially obscured by clouds to hold down
on the contrast.

Don Dory

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