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    Spontaneous shooting with the RB67, a play in three acts

    The following is loosely based on true events

    ACT ONE: in which the landscape photographer spots a fleeting moment of human happiness
    (Photographer is busy setting up his RB67 on a tripod)
    (Photographer spots a nearby scene and runs over with his camera)


    ACT TWO: in which the RB67 plays the role of antagonist
    Photographer: hi there ma'm, would you mind me taking a picture of your lovely kids?
    Ma'm: why no, please, go ahead. Boys, this man's gonna take a picture of you!
    Photographer: thank you! It'll only take a moment
    (Photographer removes yellow filter from lens, takes an incident reading and erects WLF on his RB67)
    Photographer: just a second please
    Photographer (mumbling): why on earth is the focus why does it not oh! I'll quickly unlock the mechanism here and... yes, I thought so
    Photographer: alright kids, you ready?
    Kids: yeaaaahhh
    Photographer: ok, here we go... I mean... hold on...
    (Photographer removes darkslide)
    (Children wait patiently)

    Photographer: alright, we're good to go! Ready? Smile! Wait, just a second...
    (Photographer fumbles around his camera)
    (Photographer levels revolving back)
    (Children wait patiently)
    Photographer: okay, uhm, this is it... finally
    (sound of mirror and shutter)
    Kids: did it work?
    Photographer: it sure did! Thanks a lot boys!
    Kids: okay, byyyeeeeee!

    ACT THREE: epilogue
    Photographer (walking away from the scene, talking to himself): wait, I forgot to change the ISO value on my incident meter when I removed the yellow filter
    (Photographer knocks head against tree repeatedly)

    ~Curtain~

    It's probably just me, but this is how "taking a quick snapshot" turns out with my RB67. I'll always forget something, and then I'm left scratching my head over why the shutter won't release . This camera makes me feel like a complete idiot at times.

    In this particular case, reducing developing time in Xtol saved my negative.


    (Hp5+ at ISO 125 in Xtol stock, 7min45sec)
    And the sign said, "long haired freaky people need not apply"

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    If I forgot that I removed a yellow filter, I doubt I would even take note. A stop or two extra never hurt anyone, especially not spread over 6x7 inches.
    f/22 and be there.

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    So cute! Great picture.

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    What a wonderful picture!!

    (And these things sound familiar to me as well - I have a Hasselblad 500 c/m + handheld meter)

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    I always count down for 3 and on 0 I take the dark slide out.

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    Wonderful picture!

    Jeff

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    Great write up and great photograph!
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    Great picture and their faces tell the story..especially the girl's!

    Tony
    regards,

    Tony

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    Great shot
    Mark Barendt, Beaverton, OR

    "We do not see things the way they are. We see things the way we are." Anaïs Nin

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    Hilarious - and a great photo nonetheless.

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