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Comments on: Jeff Mermelstein Video from Media Matters http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/08/01/jeff-mermelstein-video-from-media-matters/ A wide-open view of the practice of street photography by Michael David Murphy, While Seated. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:48:45 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 hourly 1 By: Lance http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/08/01/jeff-mermelstein-video-from-media-matters/comment-page-1/#comment-118952 Lance Sat, 26 Dec 2009 10:46:12 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=237#comment-118952 "I only have one question, how on earth does he expose his film right in this kind of tempo ? HOW ??? he takes a basic measure and goes off from there or what ?" Mermelstein now uses a Leica M7. He says he just sets it on automatic and shoots. Also, you get a lot more exposure latitude with negative film, as opposed to transparency film. “I only have one question, how on earth does he expose his film right in this kind of tempo ? HOW ???
he takes a basic measure and goes off from there or what ?”

Mermelstein now uses a Leica M7. He says he just sets it on automatic and shoots. Also, you get a lot more exposure latitude with negative film, as opposed to transparency film.

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By: Brad M http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/08/01/jeff-mermelstein-video-from-media-matters/comment-page-1/#comment-116619 Brad M Sat, 31 Oct 2009 05:17:09 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=237#comment-116619 JA, no I have not seen him in the streets waving his camera. And no I don't think his approach is disgraceful. Lighten up. He's no Gilden. Alexander, there's no need to adjust the exposure if the light is the same. This is definitely an issue with fussy SLR users that feel the need to meter every shot. In most of the shots I saw the light was pretty consistent. Also consider that adjustments on the lens can almost approach sleight-of-hand. I have the same camera and while I often use its meter to first get in the ballpark and then manually adjust thereafter, I occasionally ignore the meter and try to do it by eye. It's something meter-less camera users have had to do for decades. Furthermore, consider the huge exposure latitude of color neg film. It can handle great amounts of over- (and under-) exposure. That's a cushion only film can afford. Great set of vids here. Favorited! JA, no I have not seen him in the streets waving his camera. And no I don’t think his approach is disgraceful. Lighten up. He’s no Gilden.

Alexander, there’s no need to adjust the exposure if the light is the same. This is definitely an issue with fussy SLR users that feel the need to meter every shot. In most of the shots I saw the light was pretty consistent. Also consider that adjustments on the lens can almost approach sleight-of-hand. I have the same camera and while I often use its meter to first get in the ballpark and then manually adjust thereafter, I occasionally ignore the meter and try to do it by eye. It’s something meter-less camera users have had to do for decades. Furthermore, consider the huge exposure latitude of color neg film. It can handle great amounts of over- (and under-) exposure. That’s a cushion only film can afford.

Great set of vids here. Favorited!

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By: Alexander http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/08/01/jeff-mermelstein-video-from-media-matters/comment-page-1/#comment-50604 Alexander Fri, 07 Mar 2008 23:43:15 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=237#comment-50604 I only have one question, how on earth does he expose his film right in this kind of tempo ? HOW ??? he takes a basic measure and goes off from there or what ? Thanks for sharing! I only have one question, how on earth does he expose his film right in this kind of tempo ? HOW ???
he takes a basic measure and goes off from there or what ?

Thanks for sharing!

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By: Michal Kimlicka http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/08/01/jeff-mermelstein-video-from-media-matters/comment-page-1/#comment-42533 Michal Kimlicka Tue, 04 Dec 2007 17:32:42 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=237#comment-42533 thanks for posting this videos... a really strong motivation. thanks for posting this videos…
a really strong motivation.

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By: Michael David Murphy http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/08/01/jeff-mermelstein-video-from-media-matters/comment-page-1/#comment-39948 Michael David Murphy Fri, 09 Nov 2007 03:40:21 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=237#comment-39948 Sorry, Didi. The lifespan of televised video on youtube that isn't posted by the networks is variable. Sorry, Didi. The lifespan of televised video on youtube that isn’t posted by the networks is variable.

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By: Didi http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/08/01/jeff-mermelstein-video-from-media-matters/comment-page-1/#comment-39941 Didi Fri, 09 Nov 2007 02:23:09 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=237#comment-39941 I was out of town when you posted this & it seems totally missed the boat on both the original vid & the 3-part You-Tube version. MDM - is there any place online where it's still viewable? When I clicked on the above links, it says "We're sorry this video is no longer available." I was out of town when you posted this & it seems totally missed the boat on both the original vid & the 3-part You-Tube version. MDM - is there any place online where it’s still viewable? When I clicked on the above links, it says “We’re sorry this video is no longer available.”

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By: Cary http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/08/01/jeff-mermelstein-video-from-media-matters/comment-page-1/#comment-32975 Cary Tue, 07 Aug 2007 20:44:32 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=237#comment-32975 Thanks for posting this, I hadn't seen the whole piece before. I like how he gets honked at by the white truck when crossing the street near end of the first clip. And I love the phrase he uses regarding editing, "enticing a courtship with a picture." I almost got the sense he's just burning through frames so that this videographer can get footage of him in action. I counted approximately 24 times he takes a picture. Thanks for posting this, I hadn’t seen the whole piece before. I like how he gets honked at by the white truck when crossing the street near end of the first clip. And I love the phrase he uses regarding editing, “enticing a courtship with a picture.” I almost got the sense he’s just burning through frames so that this videographer can get footage of him in action. I counted approximately 24 times he takes a picture.

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By: Drooper http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/08/01/jeff-mermelstein-video-from-media-matters/comment-page-1/#comment-32963 Drooper Tue, 07 Aug 2007 16:32:57 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=237#comment-32963 He sounds like John C. Reilly. Good to watch, interesting stuff. Gonna have to try his aggressive style of taking photos sometime. He sounds like John C. Reilly. Good to watch, interesting stuff. Gonna have to try his aggressive style of taking photos sometime.

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By: Michael David Murphy http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/08/01/jeff-mermelstein-video-from-media-matters/comment-page-1/#comment-32897 Michael David Murphy Mon, 06 Aug 2007 22:19:00 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=237#comment-32897 JA (above) gets the comment of the week/month/year. Pretty bent of shape for 7am, eh? JA (above) gets the comment of the week/month/year. Pretty bent of shape for 7am, eh?

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By: foster park http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/08/01/jeff-mermelstein-video-from-media-matters/comment-page-1/#comment-32890 foster park Mon, 06 Aug 2007 21:15:41 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=237#comment-32890 my favorite part is the little shrug/smile he gives people after the fact. as if to say, "i had to do it, you were so damned interesting just then!" genius. the most inspiring thing i've seen on the interweb in forever. my favorite part is the little shrug/smile he gives people after the fact. as if to say, “i had to do it, you were so damned interesting just then!” genius. the most inspiring thing i’ve seen on the interweb in forever.

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