About three weeks ago I was taking a walk in a woodsy area with my six month old dog, camera, and 30 year old Sekonic Studio Deluxe L-398. When I got home I realized my meter was missing. I went back to look for it but I didn’t have much hope. There was about eight inches of snow on the ground and we had covered quite an area. I went back every day for a week and spread the word, usually having to explain what a light meter is, but no luck. The snow had turned to ice and I had given up hope. Sentimental attachments aside, I still needed a meter, so I turned to eBay and purchased a beautiful L-28c.
This past weekend I went back, just the dog this time, and found someone had found my meter and put it on a bench. I picked it up, pushed the button and it worked. I couldn’t believe it. Over two weeks buried in the snow, ice and slush and aside from a little moisture in the ASA window it was fine. The moisture dried out on it’s own over the next day or so.
I’ve asked around and can’t find the person who found it to thank them, so I thought the least I could do was thank you. I know that it’s hard to believe, and probably impossible to explain but whatever the reason, that great little meter is still working. You guys should be proud.
In a separate note, Bob explained his gear and methodology.
The bicycle was shot with a Mamiya 330F using Ilford Delta 400 film. My other cameras are a Nikon FM and FM2. I do a lot of shooting in “high contrast” situations and the Sekonic enables me to select what parts of the frame I want properly exposed, as opposed to using the camera meter which would average the entire scene. I find even when shooting more evenly lit scenes I am just more comfortable using the Sekonic. I might take readings in several areas and then do my own “averaging,” favoring one area slightly over another.
Bob shoots film and doesn’t have a Web site. You can see more of his work on his Flickr page. Thanks, Bob!