Peter, in respons to your comment with the photo:
Very nice composition with the chock-a-block foreground, the tree frames, the big building on the horizon. It has an "old-time" feel about it that I like. Great exposure too with all that reflected light on the water - couldn't have been easy. Did you bracket?
I didn't bracket. I didn't have time to bracket.
I took three shots in a row. The canal trip boat was moving and I wanted to see how the spot of the boat would alter the composition.
I used my light meter to meter the exposure time. I set the iso at 320 (the film is iso400) so I automatically over-exposed a bit, which gave me details in both the shadows and the high lights.
I used the Jupiter-9 85/2 with the 5cm hood. It worked a charme.
BTW, you're not the first to remark about the "old-time" feel. I don't know why but I seem to be drawn to that kind of shot. I can't for the life of me explain why many of my shots turn out like it. Damn, now I have some sort of personal style but I can't explain it. :P