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Frank P. Luongo

When shooting reflections off rivers

At night,after sunset.when shooting a bridge with streaks of light across the foreground river, Where is it best to to take a meter reading?
I read that reflections in water absorb up to the equivalent 0f two f stops.


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11/24/2004 3:11:43 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  I haven't done this much, but what has worked is to try to get a meter reading off the brightest shoreline lights.
I had to turn up my film speed dial to ASA 800 to get any kind of reading wide open.
Once I had a starting point, I would back off to my film rating (100 ASA),...and determine how many seconds were required with a wide-open aperture.
Then, I would stop down to whatever aperture the scene required and increase the time of exposure to match that setting.
This gave me a starting point, and I would bracket over, 5 second increments, to allow for reciprocity failure.
This process usually produced one good shot, and a few other "keepers" out of the session.

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11/25/2004 12:34:56 PM

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