Collection

Collection

I have probably had these two matchbox sizes light meters for over 30 years. They were a common find in second hand and antique shops and fairly cheap back in the 80’s. My guess is the design dates back to the 60’s.

The one on the right looks far more complicated but it is displays the same information as the one on the left. I used to use them but they require a little more thought and time than an in camera meter.

Out of respect I used my Calcuflash incident light meter to set the exposure for this image. I bought it back in the 80’s too and you can still buy them today.

Unlocking elements

Okay, so I keep coming back to this scene because I know there is more than one image here. I just have to remove anything that is not essential to making that image work.

I think I finally have a composition I’m happy with. The netting forms this great leading line between the vines. My only problem today was that unlike previous days, the sky this morning was really clear which presented a high contrast scene. Here are the results of bracketed exposures.

It’s a situation where there is no right exposure even in an age where high dynamic range is beyond anything film could ever do.

Yes, I could do a composite and If I was desperate I would but I like the challenge of getting it right in camera.

Using a graduated filter may have helped but I think the main problem is getting some more light and detail on the foreground. That means going back to see what late afternoon might offer. If the sky lacks any drama I may go with a different composition with less sky. Something like this.

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