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i am doing a school project. I have to take a black and white photo of a reflection and planned to do this in washington dc. i was wondering what speed black and white film to use and what time of day would be best with this film ??? thanx ashley

-- ashley (, September 28, 2000


Well, I shoot reflections of the sky and tall buildings onto a big building with a 100 to 125 ASA film around 10 a.m. 100 ASA gives a fine-grain negative but enough speed to allow a reasonable handheld aperture. On a overcast day consider a 400 ASA film. Toronto has many tall, full glass buildings nice for reflections.

-- Wolfram Kollig (, September 28, 2000.

Ashley, I would use iso 400 film regardless. It lets you set a higher shutter speed and smaller f-stop [depth of field] than iso 100 film, and I think those are pretty crucial to getting good reflection pictures.


-- Christian Harkness (, September 28, 2000.

I would suggest Tri-X. A very good allround film.

-- Patric (, September 29, 2000.

A lot depends on what you are going to photograph. Buildings into buildings will probably require more depth of field and thus smaller apertures, so hand holding will need a faster film speed, say 400 iso. refelecting the ske in water, like at the reflecting pool in DC, will not require large amounts of depth of field as you will likely be focussed on infinity anyway so if you can, use 100 iso to achieve finer grain. All that said you should be using a tripod for these shots anyway so use the slowest film you can...Frank

-- frank tatone (, October 07, 2000.

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