IMO Greg's got the easiest solution and is more or less what I use.
My method(?) goes like this:
With a 150mm/6" lens,
Halfway between gets half the correction 1/3 gets 1/3 the correction. Plus or minus depending which side you're measuring from.
With my hand, 9" is the spread from thumb to little finger whilst hanging ten.
Your "275mm/9"=1 stop" is off target by as much as 0.75 stops (should be 1.75 stops).
1 stop would be at 212 (and a bit) mm.
As the lens gets further from the film the light passing though the lens is spread over a wider area and proportionately less falls on any given area. The proportion is based on the square of the change in distance. Thus if the lens were twice as far away the light would be diffused over an area twice as high and twice as wide so the adjustment would be based on one quarter of the light hitting any area of film and the adjustment would be 2 f stops.
I .tried measuring my bellows extension for this shot the bellows from the film plane to the lensboard is 16". My lens is 180mm. If I square the extension and divid by the square of my lens length I come up with 5 stop bellows factor??? Is this right?
Obviously this is a very close up shot. This is the total extension of the bellows.
The Kodak Master Photoguide has a very comprehensive f number computer and simple way of determining exposure correction I have one taped to the back of my view camera glass cover.That and a pocket tape measure and you can figure the correction in seconds with out all the math. If I have a 6 inch lens 8 inches from the film plane my exposure should be increased by one stop.
Is anyone out there able to give me an easy to understand explanation of this 'bellows extension compensation' that I have been hearing about. Just bought my first 4x5 camera (Zone VI) with a 210mm and 80mm lens. I haven't taken any photos yet, but like to be prepared for when I do.