While getting familiar with my new Rebel XTi, at Crater Lake, I was reminded of my years shooting film by a casual remark made by another photographer.
Llama and I had pulled off at one of the many unnamed turnouts along the rim. It was late in the afternoon with lengthening shadows, and the lake was showing off with some incredible reflections of the crater wall. The photographer and his girlfriend arrived as I was busy shooting away.
After spending a few minutes admiring the view, the photographer started back to his car without taking any pictures. When his girlfriend questioned him, he said the pictures wouldn’t turn out because there was too much contrast.
I remember those days! High contrast didn’t stopped me from trying, but I didn’t experiment too much either. I might have tried 3-6 shots with film. In similar situations now, I will easily take 12 shots or more. I don’t worry about wasting a shot because there are no additional costs involved.
And high contrast or not, I think the photos I took of the lake and it’s reflections turned out pretty good…