ERROR CORRECTION CORRECTION!
With regards to TECHNICAL DATA ERROR NOTED as per BIRDS AS ART NOTES
DEC 20, 2000, I received an e-mail from Pat Price. My response to his
e-mail follows. (Note: only those who truly understand exposure
for color slide film will be able to follow the line of reasoning
Those who cannot are urged to order a signed copy of "The Art of Bird
Photography" off of the web site and commit themselves to learning the
material covered in the chapter on exposure.......)
It is great to hear from you.
Pat: I was confused by your Technical Data Error Noted in your E-mail
today. You indicated that the correct exposure for the single Snow
in flight was 1/1600th at f5.6. That would not be a Sunny 16 exposure
Provia 100 pushed two stops. My numbers would indicate that if sunny
1/400 at f16 then at f5.6 (open up 3 stops) then the shutter speed
be 1/3200 as you originally had stated.
Artie: I do not follow your reasoning exactly, but you made me realize
that I had it right the first time; here is my reasoning:
While the theoretically correct Sunny 16 value (for EI 100 film at
for a middle-toned subject is 1/750 or 1/800 at f/5.6 (depending on
1/2 stop increments), the practical sunny 16 for a middle-toned
in all but the extreme brightest conditions is 1/500th or 1/640 at
As we all (should) know, if you want the correct exposure for a
white subject in the same light, simply shoot one stop darker (John
Sunny f/22 for brilliant whites). Therefore, the practical sunny 16
brilliant white subjects is 1/1000 or 1/1250 sec. at f/5.6.
Working from a starting point of 1/1000 second (for EI 100 film at
which is my recommendation for Snow Geese at Bosque in full afternoon
at about 3 p.m., we would get to 1/2000 sec. at f/5.6 for EI 200 film,
to (only) 1/3200 at f/5.6 for Provia F 100 pushed two stops (but rated
only EI 320; thus 1/3200 sec. not the expected 1/4000 sec. )
Thank you for making me realize that I was right all the time, but
too dumb to realize it! (Sorry Sandy.)
Thanks and best,
Artie, your friend and admirer from the cold Southeast!
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Best and great picture making to all,
Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART