Pan-F Plus and Street Photography

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by street shooter, Jul 21, 2004.

  1. I know this is counterintuituve to all that is assumed about street
    photography. I want to try shooting some ISO 50 in the mid-afternoon
    sun here in Baltimore. I want to try to provide seperation, through
    selective focus and narrower DOF, between my main pedestrian subjects
    and their architechtural backgrounds. Renderring everything in
    critically sharp to acceptably sharp focus seems redundant. The way I
    figure, the sun at 3 o'clock in the afternoon should put me somewhere
    around 1/250 @ f/8; open shade around 1/250 @ f/4. I've looked for
    other examples of Pan-F street photographs but have found none. That
    makes me want to try it even more. Any thoughts and/or comments?

    street shooter, Jul 21, 2004
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    mr. chip Guest

    Sounds like a good idea to me. Not all street photography has to have that
    gritty Tri-X look.
    And I love the look of Pan-F, it does give a lovely separation of tones.
    Also it seems a good choice to use if you're after shallow depth of field,
    which would work well with this subject, as you state.
    I'd be quite interested to see your results.

    mr. chip, Jul 21, 2004
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  3. Word of warning- high sun means high contrast. Slow film- especially Pan F-
    means even higher contrast. It may take some clever darkroomery to get the
    shadows and highlights under control.

    Wouldn't hesitate to use Pan F on an overcast day at slower shutter speeds,
    Martin Francis, Jul 21, 2004
  4. Well, I don't know why you are locked into a 250th....Why not open your
    aperture wider and use a faster speed? - If your camera won't go any faster,
    then use a neutral density filter to cut down the light.....No matter what
    you use, you are going to have to do darkroom work to compensate for the
    contrast between sunlit and shadows in the photos......
    William Graham, Jul 21, 2004
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    Andrew Price Guest

    On 20 Jul 2004 20:43:01 -0700, (street
    shooter) wrote:

    I've used it here in Paris mid-afternoons at slower speeds than that,
    with no problems.
    Andrew Price, Jul 22, 2004
  6. I shoot shutter priority at 1/250 because it is the slowest shutter
    speed that is fast enough to stop nearly all pedestrian motion. I've
    been playing around with letting the f-stop just fall into place. I
    read somewhere that Salgado uses this technique it seemed odd, but I
    thought I'd try it. Now I don't have to worry about my shutter speed
    for a given aperture. I want my critical focus on my main subject and
    I don't really have a predisposed opinion about how much DOF I want
    beyond that for most of my images. When I want to manipulate DOF I
    can certainly do so, but it is not at the forefront of my
    compositional approach to street imagery.

    Thanks for the advice! I'm not locked into any certain shutter speed;
    1/250 is a preference. I don't mind trying a new approach. All
    information received thus far has been valuable, and I appriciate the
    responses. May try the Pan-F Plus in light with lower contrast,
    either a couple hours before sunset or on an overcast day. Good info
    here from everyone who responded; thanks again!

    street shooter, Jul 22, 2004
  7. I think about a stop more is closer to the truth. Open shade would be
    more like 1/125 @ f/4.
    Michael Scarpitti, Jul 22, 2004
  8. That's why I wrote "around". Here in the Mid-Atlantic we are
    frequently blessed, during summer daylight hours, with a haze that
    falls somewhere between sunny and cloudy bright, and light intensity
    can change literally from frame to frame. Those are the times I'm
    most appreciative of prioritized auto-exposure - whether shutter or
    aperture. Thanks for your insight!

    street shooter, Jul 22, 2004

  9. In both cases you mentioned, about one stop more is required. I just
    shot some recently here in Ohio.
    Michael Scarpitti, Jul 22, 2004
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