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    Re: Determing correct exposure

    (I've also heard good things about waving a chicken in the air whislt chanting, to satiate the Exposure Gods.)
    I think I may have choked a chicken while waiting for the right light but I didn't wave it in the air... not that I can recall anyway... long time ago, ya' know. It didn't help with the lighting. But I did experience some overexposure.

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    Re: Determing correct exposure

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrus View Post
    ...(I've also heard good things about waving a chicken in the air whislt chanting, to satiate the Exposure Gods.)
    Alive or ritually slaughtered?

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    Re: Determing correct exposure

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Alive or ritually slaughtered?
    ...Damn. So that's why it wasn't working...

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    Re: Determing correct exposure

    Gentlemen: It appears that my lack of using a chicken to get correct exposure might be my problem. Thanks for all your thoughts and methods. It is all useful and food for thought.

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    Re: Determing correct exposure

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Cunningham View Post
    Gentlemen: It is all useful and food for thought.
    No... The chicken is food for thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Cunningham View Post
    Gentlemen: It appears that my lack of using a chicken to get correct exposure might be my problem. Thanks for all your thoughts and methods. It is all useful and food for thought.
    The best way (IMO) is to expose film, take notes, develop the film, print the negatives, then learn from the experience. Repeat.

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    I have found the trick to any and all metering is to pick one way to do it and do it that way. Really...i managed to get all twisted up with metering. I then decided to grab the darkest shadow I wanted detail in, zone 3, and make that zone 3 on the exposure.

    Pick your shadow, set meter to film speed (ex 200ei) meter, assuming you meter tracks the exposure (most all do) change your film speed to 800 and the exposure you now have is zone 3. Then you decide if the range from zone 2/3 is about 5 stops or so from zone 6/7. This helps determine how long you develop the film. In effect, this helps decide if you need to push or pull the film. You can move the zone 3 to a lighter or darker shadow as needed to maintain your film's working range. Since I switched over to pyro i really don't worry too much about that issue.
    david

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    Re: Determing correct exposure

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    The best way (IMO) is to expose film, take notes, develop the film, print the negatives, then learn from the experience. Repeat.
    Experience = Chicken
    You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~ Mark Twain

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    Re: Determing correct exposure

    As Vaughn said... Take good notes and build up your experience.

    Everybody is different. A procedure that works fine for one person might be absolutely unusable for someone else.

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    Film, Exposure, Development: mutually dependent.

    It's best to consider all three together.

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