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Underexposing HVX-200/how far have you gone?


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#1 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 02:10 AM

I like to use my light meter and work with footacndles. It's a good workflow for me and I determine the stop by zebras.

I know certain stops from experience. For example, 64 footcandles gives me a 2.8 with a couple of zebras at 70 on a medium reflective caucasian face. I have some night shoots coming up with not a lot of time to test and I'm thinking about going lower in light levels.

How much has anybodu underexposed with the HVX-200 and gotten good results? If any of you work like I do and can tell me in footcandles that would be great, for example I'd like to do some night exteriors at 30 footcandles and get some closeups with the lens at Z99 (full telephoto) which is going to be a wide open 2.8

Just did some tests outside but it's 3:00 a.m. and I have to quit and didn't get to test on anybody's face.
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#2 Mike Simpson

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 02:41 AM

well I dont have any unprocessed footage off hand, but I can show you some stuff that I processed and tweaked exposure a bit. If you take a look at my reel:
www.mike-simpson.com

there is some train station stuff pretty close to the beginning. There was a 35 adapter involved, so if anything there is more noise here than the camera would be clean, but I dont feel like its anything too different vs. the camera alone.

We shot at night and I was really trying to push the camera more than I ever had; I think usually the fill side was at least 3.5 stops under. I really just wanted a tiny bit of detail and eyelights. Past like 4 stop (aprox, I dont remember exactly) stuff looked too noisy to me, and I just crushed it to black.

If you're really curious about more specifics I bet I have some notes I could search for.
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