I have a shoot in June, and today I went to recce the place, what I want to shoot the subject, and capture the background.
This was taken with a 645 MF camera with lens 65/f4. The film was rated at ISO 400. the exposure was something like f8 and 1/30 or 1/60.
There are 2 issues with this photo if you'd ignore the composition:
* subject is not focused. the solution is quite simple, I think that if I focused at f8 on the subject, the background details will be preserved though not as sharp.
* the highlight in the buildings is blown while the subject's lighting is just right.
I can think of 2 solutions, this is where I need your advice to critique my method.
solution A: use an orange or red filter, open up 2 stops when shooting. This will darken the sky while the sitter's face will be brightened. The steps and water will be very dark indeed.
solution B: use a flash. I have a metz ct-45 flash gun with a bounce card. so I would switch to f8 and take a flash. the camera would be adjusted from f8 and 1/60 to f8 and 1/250. ( assuming the distant sky/shoreline is an f8 and 1/500 exposure). The sky would be darkened by 2 stops preventing a blow out, the steps, boat and water will be darker, while the subject is illuminated.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
ps. the sky/shoreline was a f8 sunny 16 day. while the subject on the boat was around f4 sunny 16.