Metering Question

Discussion in 'Medium Format' started by Mike Dale, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. I'm getting back into film photography with Hasselblad 503CX. I started metering using an iPhone app which seemed reasonable but I wasn't doing something right so I bought a Sekonic L-758DR. I watched a few video's and read a bit and mostly I'm getting it right. Flash I find is great, I bounce of the ceiling or walls (the flash that is not me) and take a reading and it works out great.

    What I'm unclear on is Sunrise and Sunset photography. Do I reverse the meter so the dome is facing the sun or is the best way to use the Incident meter pointing to the side of the brightest part of the sky or something else entirely?


  2. The L-758DR is a great meter, it serves nearly all metering needs. Are you shooting into the sun, for sunrise and sunset? Or shooting subject lit by the rising or setting sun?

    If the actual sunrise or sunset is the subject (shooting into the sun), I would spot meter the sun, sky area away from the sun, and important shadow areas in the image. Chances are there will be a large contrast range, and you will need to make a decision on how to fit the scene to the film capability. If shooting a subject lit by the rising or setting sun (shooting away from the sun), I would use incident metering from the camera position, with the dome pointed along the camera axis, provided the camera is in the same light as the subject. If the subject is lit the by the sun, and the camera is in shadow, then I would spot meter like the first example.
  3. Thanks for the reply. I would like to shoot into the sun and from what I gather from your reply is that I should use the spot meter on or near to the sun.

    I’ll give that a try.
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  4. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri Metairie, LA

    NO! Don't spot meter the sun. Meter off to one side, but not close.
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  5. Meter the part you wish to be rendered as mid-tone (13%) luminosity - the same density as green grass or clear blue sky.

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