Clouds on Mountain
I wasn’t a photographer by profession when I made this capture so I hadn’t invested heavily in photographic equipment yet. I had the bare essentials so I was relying on the reflective meter in my film camera (no digital at this time) which sees the world as zone 5 (18% gray). What it does is measure the light reflected off the subject. This works in some lighting circumstances but in others it can be 2-3 stops off, not good when you are shooting Kodachrome transparency film which had a leeway for error of ⅓, maybe ⅔ of a stop. What you do is make a guess at the exposure based on prior experience under the same lighting conditions. This scene had me worried and I was wishing I had a handheld incident light meter which measures the light falling on the subject, a far more accurate way of doing things. There was another photographer with an 8×10 view camera set up about 40 yards away. Since a large format camera has no in-camera meter, an incident meter is a must and there it was in his left hand. I figured why not ask him what his light reading was? The answer cheerful given was f/11, 1.5 sec., and that’s what I used for “Cloud on Mountain”.
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Nikon N6006 SLR, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: not recorded, M-up mode, film: Kodak Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, Manfrotto 3221 with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, Nikon MC-20 remote cable, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software