I have deadlines coming up and I’m ignoring them all.
I know that I am a procrastinator, but it’s getting waaaayyyy out of hand. I spent the entire weekend doing everything except for writing my term papers. Anytime I encouraged myself enough to open the Word document, my hand just clicked elsewhere.
So here am I posting some photos that I took in the past week. These photos belong to my experiment as a rookie photographer: to take photos without the help of the light meter. This is also my second time using the Praktica MTL 5, which I have to add, is much more difficult to use in comparison to my beloved Canon AE-1 Program. The blame is on the Praktica’s viewfinder; it’s darker and not very sharp, plus it darkens when aperture is low (starting from f/8) so at that point you can see almost nothing through it. Anyhow I’m still very satisfied with some shots.
Back to the experiment: one thing I notice while using the Praktica is the light meter. I don’t know if ASA 200 film is unsuitable for winter, or the light meter is wrong, but according to the light meter, exposure is only balanced with aperture f/4 and wider + speed 1/500 or 1/1000.
So with these photos, I decided to just stick with narrow aperture (because I wanted a deep DOF) and low speed (mostly 1/60s). The result is… a lot of blurry photos (maybe because of low speed?) and richer colors (also because most are taken indoor). So I think I learned something… with the next roll I’ll shoot with a slightly faster speed (probably 1/125s).
Anyway I am eager to learn so if you think I’m wrong, or there are some tips that might be helpful, please, please, please drop a comment. I’m forever grateful!
All photos taken with Praktica MTL 5 + Kodak Gold 200
(see more on my Flickr’s account if you wish to)