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Subject: Re: Exposure to the right and tone placement

So that's one way to take a decent shot of a black cat. Hell with the
numbers! Sometimes you have to make your decision in a hurry, turn the
damned EV wheel, and spray 'n' pray.

Well said, Mike. Let's not let the science obtrude so much that we lose track of what - hopefully - is our primary interest, taking pictures.

If science and numbers help in our goal, fine, but they need not dominate our thoughts now, in this digital age, any more than concern with chemistry and density measurements did in the days of "analog" photography. I think the following quote from Adams is as relevant today as it was when he first wrote it:

"But the practical photographer is not necessarily a sensitometrist; he may employ curves which are based on arithmetic relationships and which are quite satisfactory to him as symbols of the exposure-opacity relationship. But he must not confuse the actual sensitometric curves with any symbols he selects for personal evaluations. I see no reason for the practical photographer to plot curves except in preliminary studies and in some aspects of color

Mike Russell


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