R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Large Format Still Life Notes #2

So last night I took a couple more photos with my view camera. Same as Wednesday, I took one in my office using natural light by the window and the other in the kitchen using a strobe. I feel somewhat better about the exposures for these two, but I have a feeling they'll still be off. Anyway, below are my notes for each.

Fujichrome Provia 100F
210mm lens

For the photo in my office I again shot a case of shoe polish and yellow shining cloth, though this time from a different angle. At f8 my highlight metered a 8/sec and shadow was 2/sec. With 16 inches of bellows I ended up exposing at f8 for one second. Actually at the last minute I closed that f8 a third of a stop. I have my doubts as to whether the shot will be in focus, as several times I found myself moving variables around to accommodate with the changing light. Getting the perfect highlight for this shot was a big deal for me, and working with natural light for these sort of intricate still lifes is extremely difficult while operating a view camera. I'll have to keep this is mind. As with the previous shot, I used a paper to reflect light back, thereby filling in some of the shadows.

Later that night I took another shot in the kitchen, this time of the chain lock on our cupboard. The light was coming down from a strobe I'd set up overhead. Highlight metered a 60/sec at f8 while shadow was around f2. With 1 and a half inches of bellows I ended up shooting at f8 and leaving the shutter open for eight pops. I reflected a little light from below, but not as much as I would have liked. I have no idea how this one is going to turn out. I guess we'll see next week!

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