(That’s a nice, medications vague introduction!) Well, I’ve been reading a lot about different kinds of film, including slide film. The color rendition is supposed to be totally different than from negative film, not to mention more of a challenge to expose properly. I finally decided to try it out, choosing 35mm Fuji Velvia 100, based on its saturated, but not out of control color.
This tricky exposure thing? How much trickier could it be than shooting digital, with its unforgiving linear exposure curve that makes for blown-out highlights (like the sky in high contrast scenes, etc). I know how to work with digital, and figured my first roll of slide film I’d be especially conservative about choosing lower contrast scenes.
And so I did. And I’m shocked at how crappy most of the results are:
Oh dear. Very overexposed, over and over again:
The only photos that really came out reliably were taken indoors:
Only one shot that was taken outdoors was salvageable:
Hmm. That’s the only shot I took outside with Travis’s 28mm f/2.8 Pentax SMC-A lens. I didn’t have my polarizer on there. Come to think of it, none of the indoor shots were taken with the polarizer.
I think I have totally misjudged the effect of the circular polarizer on the K1000’s built-in light meter… with disastrous results. I thought that since the K1000 does TTL metering, the darkening effect of the polarizer would be automatically properly taken into account, but evidently not.
Is there anyone who knows what they’re doing who can help me out here? What is it about the circular polarizer that threw the metering off so very much?