Monterey Park, Part II

Images shot with Fuji Superia 400 and Ilford XP2 on a Nikon FE and Yashica FX-3, respectively.

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June 8, 2014 - 5:19 am

Hazim Hi Terrance. Im Hazim from Malaysia.
Had been scrolling all the film section of your blog. Love all the pictures. The tones,light and the composition are amazing.
Recently i just start on my analogue journey. Before I was using my digital camera until I suddenly have some interest in film photography. Film is surely a beautiful medium to make photograph.

I dont know wether you will see this message because I dont know how this blog system works. But i have one question.

Did you always overexposed your film? Because all I knew are if you overexpose film you will get better and more beautiful tones.But last time with my Superia 200, i set my ASA at 200 but I tried to overexpose it by using wider aperture or slower shutter speed. But i didnt get the looks which are in your blog. All i get is contrasty kind of picture.Haha. Im so sorry but I were not imitating your works but really want to get that soft lighty tones.

But i still confuse with this term. Why does lowering the ASA been called overexposing? Can i overexpose the film by using wider aperture and slower shutter speed? Whats the difference between both of them?

Thats all i want to ask you.I hope you can share some info/knowledge with me. Thank you

June 8, 2014 - 11:37 am

terrini Hi Hazim, yes I always like to overexpose my film by at least one stop. There are more than one way to do so, and all of those that you mentioned (lowering ASA setting in the camera or using wider aperture and lower shutter speeds) will work. The reason I like to overexpose is to open up the shadows, since C-41 film has no problem holding on the highlights even when overexposed by a few stops. I use the light meter that is built into my camera, so I will typically set my ASA setting at one stop lower than the film rating, and then just shoot as I normally would (which most of the time means I’m metering for the shadows). In doing this, I’m overexposing my film because if I’m shooting 400 film and I set it to 200, the in-built meter in my camera is being told that it has 200-rated film and it will meter the scene according to the ASA setting. I don’t know how you meter for your scene, whether it’s with a hand-held meter or if you also just use the meter that’s built into your camera, but you can still overexpose your film just by using a wider aperture or shutter speed. You just have to make your adjustments to the aperture and speed according to how you metered the scene. For example, if you metered for the shadows, your camera will give you the aperture and speed reading that it thinks is appropriate for the spot that you metered. Then if you want to take that reading and just either widen up the aperture or lower the shutter speed by a full stop, then you are essentially overexposing the scene by +1. Also, please keep in mind that since film will need to be scanned, the photo lab you go to is also very important in how your digital files look afterwards. That may also be the reason why you’re not getting the tones that you want. Hope that helps.

June 15, 2014 - 2:37 am

Hazim Oh my god. What a nice and detail answers you had gave to me. All this time I had been searching about this. And you just made my day. I think maybe the developer i had been sending my pictures let me have the kind of look which is a little bit contrasty.

Thank you so much Terrance for your kindness. May God will always bless you 🙂

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