Left hand grip!
Originally Posted by J Rollinger
"People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.
Lovely photo David! And congratulations J on the twins! Photographing a birth is challenging with one, I cannot imagine two! I hope that the staff are cooperative. It will help to bend over backwards to be nice to them without being too intrusive.
Much depends on what format you are using. The following I have used for hand-held 6x9 and 4x5 shooting with MF and LF Linhof Technikas.
If you are shooting MF, do not discount the possibility of using indirect flash, even if just to fill in the shadows and add a little light while still using a faster film/developer combination. If you are in a room with light coloured walls/ceiling you can bounce flash off the wall behind you or the ceiling above you, thus avoiding direct flash on the infant. If you balance this with available light, it will give you an extra stop of light while evening-out the contrast range (ie filling in shadows) while still almost looking like natural available light photography. This is a powerful tool for low light situations where and extra stop gives you the necessary depth of field to capture the subject(s), and you can tame the exaggerated contrast range.
I am partial to Ilford products - HP5 @ 800 in Microphen is a good combination in lower light situations as is Delta 3200 in DDX (or Microphen) @ 1000 or 1600 (but I find this last combo a little flat).
The key is to practice, practice, practice....
Thanks Chris.. I have a 110mm 2.8 for my RZ.. What would recommend it shoot it at.. 3200? What developer would you recommend? I would prefer to use my Rz but i dont want to irritate my daughter, son in-law and the staff by bringing a lot of equipment.
Originally Posted by Chris Lange
Maternity ward / Hospital Film & Developer Advice Needed?
Just go to the hospital and explain and ask if you can have a minute to check the light in the room, meter around all the shadowy things you may encounter and you'll have a good sense of what your aperture/shutter speeds should range from.
Are you shooting the actual birth? Head coming out and all? Or just the baby once he/she is already born? Congrats!
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Thank you Henry!.. I just remembered that i have 6 rolls of HP5 in my freezer, i can give them a try while waiting for some Tri-x from B&H..
Originally Posted by Henry Carter
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Thank you Stone! I will be shooting after they are born, the delivery will be for my son in-law, hes already freaking out about that..
Originally Posted by StoneNYC
Would this be the correct Aucfine/ They also have Diafine & Acu-1..
My experience with this is that it's generally pretty low light. If you look on flickr or other people's digital photos of the same things, you can often see the exif data so you can figure out what you're looking at for light level/exposures. Probably 35mm would be ideal pushing tmy2 or tri-x to 1000 or 1600.
Its hard to find scientific literature fast on the web but there is no evidence of injury to babies eyes from flash photography and neither pediatricians nor hospitals forbid it. A bad reference but it is a start
"There are a great many things I am in doubt about at the moment, and I should consider myself favoured if you would kindly enlighten me. Signed, Doubtful, off to Canada." (BJP 1914).
That's the one, Acufine is my preferred developer for low light situations, I've gone through many, many gallons of it over the past 2 or 3 years.
Delta 3200 however, I would process in DD-X or D76. I personally use D76, and find that the Ilford recommended times are way off. I shoot at 3200 or 6400, and generally process in straight D76 for between 18 and 24 minutes, depending on what the lighting conditions were. It's a very, very low contrast film, so it can really handle some abuse in developing, I rarely blow a highlight so badly that I can't print it back down, to the point where I have started a roll in my Hasselblad or Rolleiflex the night before in pitch black, pushing to 6400 or 12500, and then finished it the next day in cloudless mid day sunlight.
Having printed negatives from both sides of the roll, I really don't have many complaints.
For example: I thought this was Plus-X in my Hasselblad, I was a bit surprised when a roll of D3200 fell into my hand when I reloaded the film back.