Had an idea for a non-portrait today: Shoot one of my benches with a single shop light above. Seemed like a good idea, really. I’m still learning the Ektascan, and there’s scant info about reciprocity failure. What started as a 12 second exposure (metered) ended up as a 10 minute exposure in order to get the shadows under the bench near zone III.
Clearly pushing the limits of the film. Pulled the developing about 30% to bring the contrast down to something reasonable. Still, lots of flare, the and contrast is poor.
So, after spending several hours running through half a dozen sheets of Ektascan, changing developing times and exposures, I set up the 70D and shot this in about 30 seconds. Desaturate, upload, done. Some things are better suited to digital, a lesson I never seem to learn…
These are shots I’d have previously shot on film, but no more. The color shot would have been bracketed on Velvia, sent off for ever more expensive processing, then scanned poorly on my 4990. Or, set up, set white levels on the 5D, and shoot a few shots to get exactly the composition and saturation I want. Breeze-driven movement is no longer the bane it used to be. The resulting file is printable with wonderful results. To me, the compromises are worth the results.
The shot of Mindy leans on many logistical facets of using the 5D. I can get to ground level easily, I can use lenses that I don’t have available in my LF/MF kit (in this case the Sigma 70-200/2.8), and again, the instant gratification factors into it.
This all isn’t to say I prefer digital over film. I’m just seeing the benefits of each medium in a new light, and trying to use them efficiently. I’ll continue with LF and film (a) for more considered shooting, and (b) when the mood to use the whole process strikes.
Today was a blowout (mostly). Our 7/8 lacrosse team lost badly to Warwick. Stopped keeping score in the second quarter. I won’t go into details and suppositions about *why* the game slid downhill (I have opinions, don’t worry), but I will show evidence of my most recent gear purchases: An older Sigma 70-200/2.8 HSM APO EX IF and a Sigma APO 2X teleconverter. This is all being used on the 5D (duh). The lens is a little slower than I’d hoped as far as the HSM focusing, but seemed to hit the target pretty well. It’s nice to have a 400/5.6 for shooting these games, and I plan on using the 70-200, sans TC, for softball this season.