Posted 10 December 2008 - 11:08 PM
Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this but i need some help using a Bolex H-16. I shot some footage last week on 7265 film stock, it was a bright morning when i shot and there was snow everywhere, i was not using an ND filter. I got my film back, and was essentially all white, totally overexposed, and mostly unusable. After talking to some people I determined i was definately not compensating enough for the amount of light.
My question is how do i avoid this overexposer? I am reshooting tomorrow in the afternoon, when it will still be fairly sunny. There might be less snow, but im not sure. I WILL have ND filters this time. Can anybody reccomend a 'ballpark' idea for how to set my exposure for these conditions. I have a sekonic light meter, but unfortunately it confuses me, especially everything with the high slide. Sorry if this is all too vague, but i GREATLY appreciate any advice that anyone can give....
Posted 11 December 2008 - 12:28 AM
Are you using a reflex Bolex or a non reflex.
Its a reflex
Posted 11 December 2008 - 12:38 AM
You really need to understand your light meter, which one are you using?
Posted 11 December 2008 - 12:47 AM
Thanks a ton for your help
Posted 11 December 2008 - 03:25 AM
Posted 11 December 2008 - 11:35 AM
The bright white fools the meter into a smaller aperture because of all of that light that it thinks it sees.
Something is screwy here. If it was overexposed, it means if you were compensating, you were compensating too much, or something else is wrong. This is where a spot meter is invaluable.
Posted 11 December 2008 - 02:28 PM
Posted 11 December 2008 - 03:42 PM
Yes usually outdoor shooting with snow results in underexposure because the light meter gives you a reading for middle gray so the snow doesn't come out white. You need to compensate for this. Did you adjust the meter to it's outdoor ASA? I'm guessing it was mainly not reading the meter correctly for the high slide that caused your overexposure.
Im guessing you are right. Additionally, i used an embarrasingly incorrect exposure for most of the shoot. I took a bit of a crash course on how to use the sekonic today, and i think there will be a lot less snow this time around, so hopefully i'll do it properly.
Thanks to everyone for your input, much appreciated
Posted 12 December 2008 - 12:12 AM
Posted 13 December 2008 - 10:16 AM
Mind you--I'm a total amateur myself, but I have a background in 35mm still work:
I'm going to get into the habit of using a digital camera with manual mode to confirm my readings.
My K3 has internal metering, and I got a good deal on an old Minolta analog spot meter on eBay (50 bucks). So I'm going to take my readings using both, set the digital camera, take a shot, and see what I got.
Granted, I don't expect a 100% match-up between the various meterings, especially since the spot is so sensitive to its 1-degree reading, but I at least want to know I'm in the ballpark before pulling the film trigger.