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02-02-2018, 03:51 PM   #1
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Shooting in the Catskills Tomorrow

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I'm going to the Catskills tomorrow to hike Slide Mountain, and I thought about bringing my Pentax K1000 with some Fuji 400 ISO film with me. As I'm still relatively new to film photography, would anyone be able to offer some helpful tips/words of advice for shooting mountainous landscapes? E.g., whether a faster shutter speed/higher aperature would work best in this setting, etc.? I don't have a tripod with me, so I don't think I'm going to be doing anything with a very slow shutter speed. That is on my list of things to look into, however.

Thanks in advance!

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You can search a photo website like flickr for "slide mountain catskills" to see other photos taken at a spot. I do this sometimes to see what lenses I might need. You might find photos with lens and camera detail that you can translate into stuff you have. Flickr didn't seem to have an obvious way to search like that.

Or bring three or four Ommegang Three Philosophers and it won't matter.
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What lenses do you have? Do you have a polarizer? Sometimes I think you can get more dramatic shots with a longer lens in the mountains versus a really wide one. Kinda depends on what you're after though. It's easy to think you want that big encompassing view, but sometimes, I think detail is lost in the wide view, and picking key features to have in a tighter frame end up conveying more of the feel of the scene. Hope that makes sense.

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Since this is film camera take Neutral graduated filter for simulating HDR. I think 400 is good for shooting open landscape but for shooting under the canopy, you may need tripod.
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It has been a long time since I climbed Slide but I believe there are some excellent vistas from rocky outcroppings, and at this time you likely can get great wide angle or panoramas. Certainly the peak will be grand. Presume you will be well equipped (ice axe and crampons), and because of the difficulty(s) I would go very light on photography equipment and have the camera accessible (under windproof) but strapped around chest so it does not bounce. One camera and a 28~35 mm would be my choice, and possibly a fisheye (if you like them) as well. I would think the temperature will be 0F at the peak, cold enough that you need to advance film slowly, and plan on not changing film.

If sunny and ice/snow you should use the sunny f/22 rule (meaning 1/400sec w/ iso 400, at f/22, or 1/800 sec at f/16). Light meters in cameras are very unreliable--the film directions (cheat sheet) are better--or if inexperienced an incident light meter (for the future) is best. Used they are inexpensive and generally reliable. I like the ones that don't need a battery--e.g., Sekonic L398.

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If the K1000 meter works you can meter the blue sky far from the sun, and likely decrease exposure by 1/2 to 1 stop, or meter the snow and increase exposure by 1 stop if old snow, and 2 stops if fresh snow.
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Thanks for the advice, everyone! I ended up taking this tank of a camera out with me today -- I shot the whole roll of 24 exposures, getting them developed now. It seemed to withstand the cold. Luckily, there wasn't much wind.

I only had my 50mm Pentax f/2 lens, lol. As I said, I'm a complete noob with not much equipment yet. I just wanted to see what I could do. However, I realized after I finished my roll, that the smaller shutter speed numbers meant a slower shutter speed I knew this originally, but I just totally forgot this whole hiking trip until I finished shooting. Hopefully my photos don't turn out to blurry -- as a result, the aperature was always set to the smallest opening. I think I got some good photos from the lookout areas with cool views of the surrounding mountains, and I really experimented with having my subject (my girlfriend) in focus with the mountains in the background. I will post results when they get developed!

I have no idea if these photos came out well or not -- it's only my second roll I've ever shot. I imagine as I continue shooting 35mm, I'll be able to get a good idea of what shots will develop well and which ones will ultimately miss the mark. Here's to more experience!

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