by Colin Pantall
Stuart Pilkington is organising this thing called The Swap where photographers swap portraits of each other.
I'm in this with Jesse Alexander. Now I haven't picked up a camera for a while so I needed a few tips on what to do. I also like to work without a light-meter (because light-meters cost money and well, you know...).
I like to think I do pretty well at this, but Jesse told me that pictures such as the one below are actually over-exposed.
I dunno. Paul Graham did something like this and everyone liked those, but that's another story.
Here are Jesse's metering rules for top of the ground - 100ASA Provia film only (adjust accordingly) at 1/125th second.
Close and cover your eyes for 10 seconds. Look at the main light source.
f22 - white after image on retina, purple patches linger for 1 minute plus.
f16 - yellow after image on retina, spotty after images on retina (colours across the spectrum)
f8 - red after image on retina, fading quickly to black
f5.6 - little or no after image on retina
f4 - Scene is initially dark then comes into view
f2.8 Everything is a bit murky.
And that is what that picture is of - Jesse demonstrating how light comes into the eye and changes its shape depending on its brightness.