I’ve just gotten my negatives back from the shop.

Yesterday I got 16 rolls of film back from the photo lab.  One roll I got back was unexposed.  It was a color roll of film and I can’t figure out how that happened.  I want it to be the fault of the photo lab, because I don’t want to think that I made an error like that on an 18 day trip to Las Vegas and Rufisque, Senegal.

I am pleased with the overall quality of the images, but because I ordered contact sheets I’ll not know the REAL quality until I get my scanner and can go through the negatives frame-by-frame.

I’m also very pleased with my exposures.  I took my digital Fuji Finepix S2 Pro and a Mamiya 645 Pro TL .  I took a manual handheld light meter, because I didn’t want to carry the heavy motor and prism finder for the Mamiya.  My backpack, fully-loaded, was 38 pounds with everything I “needed” for 18 days away from home.
The reason why I am happy with my exposures is that didn’t rely on fancy electronics in the camera to determine the proper exposure setting.  I checked out a couple of books before I left and one of them talked about determining exposure when a lightmeter or in camera electronics fail.  The rule is called ”Sunny 16”.  I used that rule to do all of my outdoor exposures and the exposures look to be quite good.

I also noticed that the film photos have better contrast than those taken with the digital.  In particular, I took some shots of a friend’s mother that he wants to decorate his new house with. She has beautiful, very dark skin and she wore white head covering and neck wrap.  The digital camera with TTL metering underexposed her features so much that the pictures of her show no texture on her face.  The film camera (with Sunny 16 rule applied) gives lots of detail on her face.  I imagine that if I had manually set up the digital with Sunny 16 I would have had better contrast, but I’ll never know until I try to recreate those conditions here in the US.

Once the scanner is in my posession, I’ll start uploading the images.

Stay tuned…

Posted by SPN on 05/20 at 09:18 AM in Photography

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