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Horizon Perfekt: Sharing My Experience With the Aperture Settings

Practice more and more to get a great result at variety of light condition.

Aperture setting is one of the main things to master to get the perfect photo if you’re using the Horizon Perfekt camera.

Photo by hervinsyah

I was having problems with overexposure with my Horizon Perfekt. But luckily, I met fellow Lomographers @mgf and @adi_totp at my first Lomowalk couple years ago taught me that if the yellow dot appears, it means the camera is on long exposure/night time/indoor shoot mode. I shot these photos on dark lighting conditions. I set the aperture number at 5.6 and used again the yellow dot. Thankfully, the film was exposed just right.

Photo by hervinsyah

This photo was shot during my college bestfriend, Elva’s wedding in Cirebon, Jawa Barat, Indonesia. As far as I remember, this is my first indoor shot with the Horizon Perfekt. After viewing a lot of indoor shots using this camera on the Lomography website and asking the shooters about the setting they used, I tried to set the camera aperture number at 2.8. Voila, a perfectly exposed shot.

Photo by hervinsyah

But 2.8 aperture is not absolutely perfect for every indoor shot. Just like with this photo that I shot of Indonesian musician, Fariz RM. The bright stage light to Fariz’s face overexposed the film at 2.8 stop. I’m still trying to get the perfect aperture number for that shooting condition. Maybe 5.6 or 8 stop will be perfect?

Photo by hervinsyah

This one’s’ shot at Dheg Dheg Plat, a place where vinyl lovers can gather in my hometown of Bandung. It was an indoor shot although the bright afternoon sun gave additional light. It was a confusing shot for me – I tried shooting it with normal setting (white dot) or indoor setting (yellow dot.) At that time I chose to shoot indoor with 5.6 aperture number and the result was underexposed.

Photo by hervinsyah

Many of us Horizon Perfekt owners know that 16 aperture setting is the best for bright shooting conditions. But on my first experience shoot at Mecca, Saudi Arabia, I shot using 16 aperture setting but the result was still overexposed. Maybe because the background is too bright? Or maybe I should have used a UV filter?Too bad my UV filter was broken during that time.

During my photojournalism times in college, I always thought that a good photographer can always get the best shots in any shooting condition. At this Indonesia Independence day event, the shooting condition is dark with the heavy set sky. I don’t know why at that time I chose 5.6 aperture rather than choosing the long exposure setting. The photo result was dark but I prefer this rather than using the long exposure setting that can overexpose the photo a bit.

written by hervinsyah

6 comments

  1. bsdunek

    bsdunek

    I suggest you obtain and learn to use a light meter. Alternatives are to study and try an on-line exposure calculator, such as: http://www.calculato(…)posure.aspx
    Or just a chart, such as: http://www.flickr.co(…)3964841757/
    Good luck and enjoy!

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  2. hervinsyah

    hervinsyah

    @bsdunek : Thank you very much for sharing =)

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  3. ekeupratama

    ekeupratama

    horizon kamera yg sangat menantang!

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  4. hervinsyah

    hervinsyah

    @ekeupratama : mun perfekt pisan kusabab diafragma & shutter speed na manual, mun kompakt mah henteu, ngan tiasa mx. perfekt mah mun bade mx kudu diakalan

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  5. camielioo

    camielioo

    Thanks for sharing, im just starting out and facing a lot difficulties, (:

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  6. hervinsyah

    hervinsyah

    @camielioo : Wow, congrats for your Horizon cameras. Yeah, I also facing a lot of problem of aperture setting until now, especially with slide film =)

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