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    Good Morning, Janet,

    Some no doubt have been very successful metering night scenes, with or without a spot meter, and will disagree, but I've found that experience(especially!), a little bracketing, and some careful record keeping on the back of contact sheets will usually be adequate in most situations.

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    It's been very many years since I did any night photography so I will defer to those who have advised you as to film and exposure and make one suggestion. If your subject is stationary, you might consider making a partial exposure while there is still some light to capture some details that may not be recorded in the dark then cap the lens until you are ready for the rest of the exposure. Maybe someone can elaborate on that.

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    One roll is hanging to dry, and I am pleasantly surprised. Looks like they're alright with more than just some very bright and very dark. Another is washing now. They make me want to go try again, at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgcull View Post
    They make me want to go try again, at least.
    This is one of the things I love about film. It seems both failures and successes have this same affect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgcull View Post
    How would I do that without a spot meter? Should I overexpose it a bit?
    Well, if you have no spot meter, you can still wander around with a simple reflected light meter and measure the scene. The important part is: this is not advice for choosing exposure but for choosing composition. You can't change the 1/r^2 law, so pick an image frame carefully. Find a place where light creates an interesting scene within some dynamic range. Look at chiaroscurro masters how they arranged scenes of bright light amidst darkness.

    One more hint from personal experience: our eyes see like a tele lens. Yes, our image circle is quite wide but the area we actually look at is pretty narrow. So we see details in a scene much larger than they will be if photographed with a normal lens. What looks like a nice street lamp some meters away may end up a tiny spot of light in your final image.

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    I thought I would give you an update since I've processed the film. I did get pretty good images of not so interesting scenery. My longest exposures were around 30 seconds, so I was afraid there wouldn't be much there (after reading) but there was. So, I've got a good starting place for the next time I try. Thank you all.

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    Hi,

    If you are talking about long exposures, I would bring snacks, drinks, warm clothes, and a folding chair or two if you can manage. A cable release if your shutter doesn't have a way to be locked in the down position. A table of recommended exposures for night shots and a reciprocity failure adjustment chart for your film. Paper and pencil to take notes. I would also use a film with better reciprocity characteristics, though Tri-X is beautiful in night shots. Fuji Acros 100 or Kodak T-Max 100 are good choices.
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    I have read of two suggested approaches.

    One, shoot at dusk: while there is still light in the sky, but the lights are already on.

    Two, using a tripod and stationary subjects, make a double exposure of the same scene: one while its still light, and the other after dark.
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    >>>Two, using a tripod and stationary subjects, make a double exposure of the same scene: one while its still light, and the other after dark.<<<

    Galah, I'm trying to imagine what that would look like. I'd love to see an example. Do you have one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgcull View Post
    >>>Two, using a tripod and stationary subjects, make a double exposure of the same scene: one while its still light, and the other after dark.<<<

    Galah, I'm trying to imagine what that would look like. I'd love to see an example. Do you have one?
    I do, but it is a page in a book.

    It is a B&W shot, and looks very much like one taken at dusk, i.e. some lingering daylight, but the lights are already on.

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