Ballpark Exposures for the Ballpark

Discussion in 'Exposure Discussion' started by Frank R, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. Frank R

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    The Detroit Tigers baseball team is coming back to Comerica Park for the next round of the playoffs. I was told that some fans who could not get tickets for some recent sold out games were watching them from the top of a parking structure across the street from the stadium.

    I thought this might be a good vantage point to set up my 4x5 camera for a shot. The games will be played at night under very bright lights but of course I will be in the dark (literally). I only have Fuji Provia 100 and Kodak T-Max 100 on hand.

    I have never shot under these conditions and I only have an incident meter. Any exposure suggestions?
     
  2. Konical

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    Good Morning, Frank,

    I can't comment on the use of Provia, and I am not familiar with the stadium in Detroit. I have, however, used T-Max 100 to make similar night shots of Busch Stadium in St. Louis. If I recall correctly, I bracketed four shots from about 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes 30 seconds at f16. Processing was in Technidol for 12 minutes in a rotating drum; I used the Technidol packet to make 10 oz. of solution instead of the 8 oz. specified by Kodak.

    Obviously, there's some experimentation involved with most night-shooting situations, so you might be prepared to regard the first outing as a time to keep careful records of exposure and development times and then return the next night for a subsequent effort. Actually, doing this kind of shot is not especially difficult from a photographic point of view. The hassle is in having a good location, dealing with traffic and crowds (and maybe security employees in a parking garage), and incurring the probably-inflated parking charges during play-off events. Good luck!

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    You might try asking the question at www.sportsshooter.com. I'd bet someone there knows what the light levels are at that stadium. It might give you a starting point that is close enough to give you usable results. That sounds like a great idea. Good Luck!
     
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    Thanks Chan, just what I was looking for.


    GO TIGERS!!!!!!!
     
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    Good Afternoon, Frank,

    I'd be interested to know how things work out; please keep us posted.

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  7. Frank R

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    Well, I was telling my idea to another photographer today and he told me that the parking structure I had in mind belonged to the Detroit Athletic Club; a very private club with membership dues costing $25,000 per year. (http://www.thedac.com/public/)

    The parking structure is not open to non members.
     
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    why not call the DAC and tell them what you want to do and offer some photos for their "walls".
    The worst thing that can happen will be hearing "no".