Sacramento Exchange YWCA Day Event March 25th, 2006


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1.jpg I always take real B&W film pictures of outdoor events at exchanges. Of course I was totally screwed when they moved this one indoors. I didn't have a flash that would work with my ancient camera. What could I do?
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2.jpg Since my modern 550EX flash will only meter through the lens, I set it to manual, but it on my digital camera, and took test shots until I found a power setting that should more or less exposed properly for the film. Then I stuck that flash on my A-1, set the lens to f4, and hoped for the best.
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3.jpg Sometimes it didn't work because I was too far away.
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4.jpg But at close range, it actually seemed to work!
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5.jpg So anyway I'm shooting my favorite B&W film, Fujifilm Arcos 100. The flash is set to 1/2 power -- very blinding but this is 100 speed film.
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12.jpg Oh great, I brought a roll of Ilford HP5. This alleged 400 speed film looks crappy even when shot at 100 in bright sunlight. At 400 is really looks bad. It's OK if you want old fashioned grainy shots (now that Agfa is out of business).
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21.jpg Now I'm shooting a roll of Kodak 400HX which I brought in case it was cloudy. This isn't all that much better than HP5, really. I think for medium speed B&W, you're best off sticking with a chromogenic film like Ilford XP-2.
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28.jpg Three rolls, only 28 good pictures. Bleah!
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29.jpg Ah, glorious color. Well, three or four of them anyway. The light pouring into the YWCA was going through windows that were tinted yellow and a few that were tinted pink and purple.
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30.jpg I could have white balanced this but it would have make the shots look boring and I thought the light looked cool.
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56.jpg I took a lot of pictures of this guy because he kept dancing in the good light.
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