These guys are using diffused flash fill. There's no way you can get such good exposure of your subject matter without it when the subject is backlit by the sun.
If you have a TTL flash meter, try this. With a handheld meter, take an incident reading at the box film speed (160 for Portra VC). Set your exposure to that on the lens. Then set the TTL meter to double the box speed (320). Then stop down the lens 1/2 stop. Take the picture.
He's all digital now, but when Denis Reggie used Hasselblads, that's how he did it.
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"...we play games at weddings guessing exposures..."
You're a braver man than I, sir.
Stellar work, and thanks for the detailed explanations...a good read.
Jonathan, I am the OP here on the thread....
Thank you very much for your joining and and sharing. Helps a lot! Also, a VERY welcome to you from APUG.
(By the way, you state: 'Film is a magical thing people, you should try it' ... That's all we do here.
I have watched your website, your blog and listened to your Analog Photo Radio interview for a reason, I really like your art.
Now with a 13year old growing up fast, your art is something I want to, not copy, but understand and put my own flavor on. You've helped a great deal, thank you.
I wrote you the other day and suggested you may think about about a workshop in NYC/NJ area. Lot's of wedding photographers.
I hope you stick around, this is a great group of people.
P.S. you have a wonderful looking family and it says a lot about the man they way he talks about his family and the way he teachers others.
NO. I. AM. NOT. USING. FILL. FLASH. OR. ANY. KIND. OF. FLASH.
Originally Posted by c6h6o3
I NEVER use a flash on a Contax (well, I take that back, I used it on this shoot http://jonathan.instaproofs.com/coll...p?event=164360). but for my wedding/portrait work, I am not using a flash. ever, no never.
I just think it is hilarious how difficult you think it is. It is SO SIMPLE. Put your subject heavily backlit, meter for the shadows, make sure you have no lens flare, SHOOT FILM on the Contax. done.
and I am telling you right now, YES there is a way to get such great exposures shooting back lit and without having to chimp or bracket. it happens almost daily around here .
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Jonathan, I've leaned long ago not to take too much of what is said on forums to heart, you'll live longer. that said, there is an amazing group of people here, it's just that some peeps have to argue as they have too much time on their hands.
Originally Posted by jonathan canlas
I hope you hang out. It would be good for us and there some amazing people here so it will be good for you. I've been taking a lot from these guys and hope to give back a lot soon.
You have two Frontier scanners? May I have one?
Best to you and yours.
also, during the summer when it gets uber busy, i use a lab in LA called Richard Photo Lab to scan my stuff. they are seriously, the best lab on the planet.
their scans are better than mine, i'll say that .
i just shot the owner's wedding which i just put on my proofing site.
1300 images edited down to 750
if anyone is looking for great frontier scans, they are seriously the best.
I've used them and they are indeed the best lab on the planet with one execption. My darkroom.
One more thing, I'm learning from J.C. not from his processing and "settings" but from his "eye" as well.