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Re: [OM] Spot Meter reading vs OTF; Ease of 4T

Subject: Re: [OM] Spot Meter reading vs OTF; Ease of 4T
From: Joel Wilcox <jowilcox@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 16:01:20 -0500
>On Fri, 31 Jul 1998, Joel wrote:
>> Your statement that often a single spot of 18 0ray is enough hits the nail
>> on the head. That 18 0ray spot is the Holy Grail in any shot. The camera
>> cannot decide what is 18 0ray, or more properly, what should be *placed*
>> at 18 0ray (or Zone V), only the photographer can.
Then Doris said:
>  Yet this rule of thumb only works when the other tones in the image
>can "fall" and the image doesn't suffer for it. Often one has to make
>compromises at either end of the tonal range/film's characteristics.

Absolutely. I'm not suggesting that there is an empirical or objectively
"correct" Zone V value but that the photographer must place that value
somewhere in the tonal range by design. It seems like there is always
something in the scene that commands accurate placement. Certainly human
skin tones;  often clouds, too.  If greens have to be placed in the darker
zones, this is somewhat preferable (for me!) to having clouds block out
without differentiation, for instance.  

Thanks for weighing in on this, Doris. As usual, knowledge and experience
were never communicated more eloquently.


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