There is a bit of a learning curve with cameras, whether going from one brand to another, or even different models within brands. By going back a few decades and into a different format, I really wasn’t expecting much from my first roll of film. When I went to pick up my negatives today, I was absolutely shocked that I walked away with 37 relatively correct exposures. There were some over exposures and some under exposures which wouldn’t have happened had I been using my digital (because I am so familiar with how the the light meter works on the 5d mark ii). I had to dig up the “expanded” version of the AE-1 manual online mid-roll to make make a few adjustments to how I was shooting.
I’ve learned a lot this first go around, the biggest piece of information that I gained is that I need to “override” the camera’s nature to automatically shoot at f/5.6. By understanding this piece of information about the light meter, I was able to switch both aperture and shutter speed to manual (despite the instructions warning strongly against it!), but it caused the light meter to be off. The manual basically told me that if I over rode the f/5.6 I’d be swinging by the seat of my pants and I shouldn’t trust the light meter. No biggie. I understand the relationship between shutter speed and aperture, how to “stop up” and “stop down”, and how to trust myself and my knowledge of light. Yes, exposures were off, even some of the following images which are my favorites could be adjusted. But for a “throw away” roll of film (special thanks for the suggestion, Azzari, and for all of the other information you provided!) I’m pretty excited!
(marker all over her face and hands – not bruises!)
(My favorite! I love the light and how we seem to be catching a glimpse of a secretive moment!)
(She was getting a little peeved that she couldn’t see the picture right after I took it)
All shots were taken with Kodak Ultramax 400.
None of the images were enhanced or edited. Just uploaded and posted!
I can’t wait to load up another roll. I’m spending some time out with the hubs tomorrow, and I may bring *just* the AE-1!
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