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May 30, 2005

I've lost my mind. Shit.

Today, while purposely attempting to overexpose all of my pictures by a varying number of stops, I ran into a problem.

I couldn't remember the standard aperture and shutter speed scale. Well, mainly the aperture scale. Shutter speed's easy... aperture's the one that's weird.

But I haven't used it in so long (plus all my cameras have had half-stops sprinkled here and there) that I couldn't actually calculate an exposure to save my life. So I did what anyone would do: I faked it! I threw caution and depth of field to the wind, opening to a hearty f4.somethingorother, and set my exposure time to more than 1/60 of a second (which is really too long to handhold with my zoom lens, but alas, you're blowing it out anyway). And it sort of worked.

Now I have the overwhelming need to sit down and work out the aperture scale again. Wait: 2 2.8 4 5.6 8 11 16 22? Yes... that's right. Now why the hell couldn't I think of it when I was behind the viewfinder? Bad brain. Bad, bad brain.

Posted by Colin at May 30, 2005 5:26 PM

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