Results to #11

Results to Roll #11

Processing: discount pharmacy

Time: one hour

Price: $7.74

Okay. I lied. The discount pharmacy I’ve been going to does offer one-hour service. But this is the first time they’ve actually had it up and running when I requested it during my experiment.

For this assignment, I expected bad light, so I pulled out my ol’ Vivitar 283. I have friends who swear by this flash. It’s an oldie but a goodie. But it’s been years since I’ve used it. I had grown so spoiled by my SB800 and SB900s with TTL and Auto features;  their ability to communicate with the camera to automatically know the shutter and aperture and ASA settings and to flash accordingly, and to be able to fine tune the flash burst. As I have said before, digital has spoiled us.

So, between that, the lighting being even worse than I anticipated, the inability to chimp with a film camera and having had a few croatian cocktails blur my brain, I was feeling a bit of trepidation about my chances of success with my old 283.

cro2As you can see, there was some light on the stage, but the rest of the gymnitorium was completely dark.  I didn’t feel compelled to try to light the foreground in this shot anyway.  I wanted the kids on the floor to be silhouettes.

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I wanted there to be enough exposure from the ambient light to maintain the depth of the stage, but I also wanted to try to stop some of the action by popping the flash without it overpowering the foreground. So I put a gel over the flash to match the light and I used my bounce card instead of direct flash. And hey! It looks almost like I remember how to do this!

Still, the Ektapress 800 was grainier than I expected. But I have to wonder if I would have even noticed the grain 10 years ago. Am I going to say it again? Yep. Digital has spoiled us.

As for the Croatian festival, it was amazing. Apparently it was a really big deal. People came from other states just to attend. They had plenty of wonderful traditional and popular live music and lots of dancing. There were sausages made by hand especially for the event and oh, did I mention the cocktails? I’m glad for the opportunity to attend. …and to fire off another roll of film.

Results to Roll #11

Processing: discount pharmacy

Time: one hour

Price: $7.74

Okay. I lied. The discount pharmacy I’ve been going to does offer one-hour service. But this is the first time they’ve actually had it up and running during my experiment.

For this assignment, I expected bad light, so I pulled out my ol’ Vivitar 283. I have friends who swear by this flash. It’s an oldie but a goodie. I had grown so spoiled by my SB800 and SB900 flashes, with TTL and Auto features, with their ability to communicate with the camera to know the shutter and aperture settings and flash accordingly, and to be able to fine tune the flash burst. As I have said before, digital has spoiled us.

So, between that, the lighting being even worse than I anticipated and having had a few croatian cocktails blur my brain, I was feeling a bit of trepidation about my chances of success with my old 283.


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