Inspired by a fellow student on the workshop I attended last week, I dug out my 1954 Voigtlander Vito B again today – a camera I last used in March. It’s a very simple camera, with no autofocus and no built-in exposure metering, so you have to engage your brain before every shot. In the past I’ve used an exposure app on my smartphone to work out the settings, but today I decided to go old school and use the Sunny 16 rule.
This rule states that on a sunny day at f16, your shutter speed will be the reciprocal of your film speed – so 1/400 of a second at ISO 400. All well and good, but today was a day of thick cloud and absolutely no sunshine! To speed the process up I created myself a little chart to refer to – so I knew that with heavy cloud the shutter speed would need to be a couple of stops faster or the aperture a couple of stops wider. The other challenge with the Vito B is the fact that it only has four shutter speeds, from 1/25 to 1/200 of a second so it ended up being a great brain teaser! I only shot a dozen or so frames, so it’ll be a while before I learn whether my mental gymnastics was correct, but it gave me some entertainment through the day!
19 December 2019