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esearing
20-Jan-2015, 12:56
I was just thinking about my shoot the other day and realized I probably made some metering mistakes and have a lump in my stomach.

I pointed the Sekonic L358 with dome raised from subject toward the camera.
ISO was 400, f22 aperature priority, Meter gave me 1/80.
I metered toward the sky and that gave me 1/250 so I felt a little more comfortable, knowing I did not want open sky to be 18% Gray.
2 stops would be 1/60. I took a couple close up reflected readings and they were within 1/2 stop of what I expected.


However Sunny 16 rule would put exposure at 1/400 at f16 or 1/200 for f22. Sunny day with almost no clouds.
Even allowing for time of year and city haze for possibly another 1/2 stop ~ 1/150 at f22.
So I am thinking i over exposed by 1-2 stops.

At the subject, should I point the meter toward the light or toward the camera? Meter instructions say toward the camera.

djdister
20-Jan-2015, 14:46
With incident metering (with white half dome covering the meter cell) you point the center of the dome towards the camera and take a reading.

Andrew O'Neill
20-Jan-2015, 16:05
Toward the camera.

Jac@stafford.net
20-Jan-2015, 18:09
With incident metering (with white half dome covering the meter cell) you point the center of the dome towards the camera and take a reading.

...from the subject, usually not just in front of the lens.

Small point, but important.
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BetterSense
20-Jan-2015, 19:53
1-2 stops over with LF film should be fine anyway.

In anything but blistering sun with transparency film, I use sunny 11. So, say HP5 is a 250 speed film. Add 2 stops for using f22 instead of f11:1/60. I would have used exactly 1/60 at f22 anyway. I would say the meter did you well.

esearing
21-Jan-2015, 05:53
Thanks all!
Sometimes it all just works like it is supposed to. My negs came out with various shades of grey and good contrast. I will print them next week to see the details.
The class instructor also suggested sunny 11 works very well for B&W.
It hard not to over think this stuff.

esearing
29-Jan-2015, 17:51
Ughhh, The saga continues.. the negatives are a little thin but the cheap paper I bought had exposure times of 3-6 seconds. It even developed in about 30-45 seconds.
Ordered some Ilford and will try again next week. At least 2 of the 4 images look like I may be able to salvage them.