Film in the Pit

Allfather play The Dev, Camden, Saturday 15th September 2018. Pics by Toby Van de Velde. Olympus 35RC.

I wrote recently about my Analogue Strobism and a test of this was made recently at a gig by Allfather

Allfather play The Dev, Camden, Saturday 15th September 2018. Pics by Toby Van de Velde. Olympus 35RC.

The pre-digital technique for flash photography is really simple:

Focus,
Read subject distance off lens barrel,
Select F-stop appropriate to flash output for subject distance,
POP!

Allfather play The Dev, Camden, Saturday 15th September 2018. Pics by Toby Van de Velde. Olympus 35RC.

That’s the theory for film photography, no digital screen – no histogram to read.
It worked like a charm.

Allfather play The Dev, Camden, Saturday 15th September 2018. Pics by Toby Van de Velde. Olympus 35RC.

I did end up having to estimate the focus distance in the gloomy light of The Dev a few times, and some pics might be a bit soft because of this, but I got a reasonable exposure on all 24 frames of the Kodak Gold Ultra I was shooting with. Even if not every frame is a keeper for composition reasons.

Allfather play The Dev, Camden, Saturday 15th September 2018. Pics by Toby Van de Velde. Olympus 35RC.

It was a nice way to challenge myself photographically and I’ll definitely be repeating the exercise in the future.
Maybe I’ll go large format with my Hasselblad.