A Happy Accident

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by ME Super, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. ME Super

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    A couple weeks ago I had a happy accident. I'd loaded the camera with a roll of Wittner Chrome 200D slide film. I'd set the camera (A Pentax PZ-20) on aperture priority mode (I don't know why I didn't use Manual, but I digress) and set the aperture for the flash I was using (A Pentax AF200S) to correspond to the film speed I'd selected. However, I neglected to let the camera in on the film speed, so it assumed 100 speed film, since Wittner Chrome 200D isn't DX coded. Off I went to my son's graduation. I realized after I'd shot all the graduation pictures that the camera's aperture was set correctly for the flash (f/4 for ISO 200) but the camera was on aperture priority and thought it had 100 speed film.

    The pictures came out pretty good, I think. It was mixed lighting (flash + mercury vapor lights in the gym) so the background color is a little off. What's awesome is there's all sorts of detail in the background, yet the foreground was properly exposed by the flash.

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    Looks good!

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    Nice result indeed :smile:. And congrats to your son :wink:.
     
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    That certainly worked out serendipitously!
     
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    Yes it did. I'm happy with it, and I'll have to remember this trick for bringing up shadows in the background when using flash!
     
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    Just be aware that if the camera picks a shutter speed that is too low you might get a "ghost" image from camera movement, or else just blurring.
     
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    True, but these were teenagers who were sitting still. I do have one where the flash failed to fire, and there's definite blurriness due to movement on it.