Mark, my boss, is a pretty willing model. We have a….prank-filled…work environment, so when I asked him to stand there and let me shoot these, he was justifiably suspicious. It comes from working in an office with a bunch of people who have too much time on their hands and a lot of talent in Photoshop. Mark wanted to know what it was for and it’s like, “It’s really good light, see.” He agreed. Black and white was the way to go with this.
Here’s my pal and less enthusiastically, my boss, Mark Lambird, hard at work at the office. He’s the one from this picture here. Still on my 4X5 kick, I shot this one with a lens. 100 Speed PolaPan again. Expired as well, again. I’m gonna have to just blow out the film holders and bite the bullet. As with my pinhole pictures, computer corrections for tone, contrast and to a lesser extent, color, are fairly extensive. There was a band of low contrast through the middle that I corrected as well as I could. Gotta attribute that one to film that expired five years ago and has been stored, among other places in garages and car trunks, over warm summers. When you look at it that way, it could been a lot worse, eh?
Anywhoo, I didn’t feel like going to the car for the meter. I used my standard “Institutional Lighting” exposure of 1/60s, f2.8, ISO 400. Lengthened that for restrictions in the lens and film stock to 1/4s, f5.6, ISO 100. Thing is, rating that Polaroid at 100 always seemed a touch overly rosy. And thinking that our office’s lighting is anywhere near the “Institutional Lighting” exposure is “There’s no ecological catastrophe hitting the Gulf Coast” rosy.