Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/06/01

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Available light photography
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Tue Jun 1 10:24:05 2004

Good Lord, Larry - You didn't last take a photo in 1947 did you? I was
shooting no light photos starting in the 1960s and I will freely admit
to not knowing a damn thing about latensification, hypersensitization,
never used a beanbag or string - although I certainly used the camera
strap as a brace - and never used pre-flash, although that one I know
about; just used Tri-X, acufine, diafine, the occasional roll of Kodak
Recording Film - and now Delta 3200. And never a lens faster than 1.4.

Besides, a wholesale produce market at 4 a.m. is probably going to be
awash in ugly light 

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Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2004 1:14 PM
Subject: [Leica] Re: Available light photography

One of my nephews is taking an advanced photo course in college. He is a

pretty fair photographer and is familiar with all the latest technology.
Last week 
the instructor assigned a project of photographing a picture story of an

early morning (i.e., 4 a.m.) wholesale produce market using available
techniques, no flash or tripods allowed. He came over to borrow my Leica
with its 
f1.2 50 mm lens and plans on using the fastest film he can buy. Other
than that 
he seems woefully unaware of all the techniques we used in the "dark
ages" to 
grab available light shots of black cats in coal cellars. He knew
nothing of 
latensification, pre-exposure flashing, hypersensitization, etc. He was
of the tension string or beanbag approach to steady a camera. 


Are these techniques used anymore? Is film fast enough to do what we
without help?
Have we lowered our expectations about conditions in which pictures can

Larry Z
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