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Tricky Exposure

Posted by
Monterey John (Hollister, CA, United States) on 16 November 2008 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

A little break in my San Francisco riff ...

A little techy stuff ... shooting in high contrast situations presents some interesting challenges. Here we have the dark rocks, the woman sitting on the rocks and the bright white of the surf that if properly exposed has all sorts of detail in it. If not properly exposed, the white of the water can "blow out," or the details in the dark areas lost to darkness. Adobe Lightroom makes this easier. Shooting in RAW makes it more so.

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/250 second F/6.3 ISO 200 105 mm

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Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

And it's perfect, I love the water and the young lady sitting on the rocks enhances the natural beauty, bravo John :)

16 Nov 2008 10:27am

MaryP from Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

It's all come together perfectly. A very fine image.

16 Nov 2008 1:42pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Beautiful image! Love the textures of the water and rocks.

16 Nov 2008 3:11pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

The very talented and prolific photographer/author Dan Heller had me shooting 'not RAW' for about three days. I saw his logic until my first high contrast image when I took it into Photoshop and realized how much less data I had to work with. Never again. I'll weed out images and toss them after the fact to save storage - but if it is anything I care about - I shoot raw. Great example here, John.

16 Nov 2008 6:17pm

Ginnie from Atlanta, Georgia, United States

If anyone can do it, John, you can! It's spectacular, even as the thumbnail!

17 Nov 2008 2:36am

1/250 second
ISO 200
105 mm