What should I have done different

Started Jun 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Come on Louis......
In reply to Louis_Dobson, Jun 12, 2012

Louis_Dobson wrote:

tedolf wrote:

agent888 wrote:

Now that I've got my OM-D I've been taking it on walks with my wife. I snapped this photo, because I like landscapes with a lot of greenery, but I think that I could have done better.

it is underexposed. Probably by a full F stop.

Er, the sky is over-exposed. How can you say a shot like this is under or over exposed?

Because you can't see any detail in the foliage by the stream and the shadows there are not that deep!

You know that.

Why are you trying to start a rediculous argument?

Everybody knows it is underexposed.

The dynmic range of the scene might exceed the DR of the sensor. If so you have to choose do you want to expose for the shadows or the hightlighhts?

The DR of the sensor is more than adequate for this.

Yes, you are probably right. Again evidence that it is underexposed.

Here I would choose the shadows as there is no detial in the highlights anyway.

At that point, a better solution is just to go home.


You could have gotten this shot.

Even I could have gotten this shot!

So just center weight/spot meter for the shadows-or just fiddle with the EV compensation until you see what you want.

Live View has taken all the guesswork out of this kind of stuff.

This is perfectly simple. Shoot RAW. Expose for the sky + 0.5EV.

why is that easier than using JEPG exposure compensation?

Seems harder to me.

Trying to pick a fight?

Load into LR4. Reduce EV by 0.5EV. Selection brush area that is not sky and bring up until slightly under exposed.

Why go to all that trouble?

Just set EV to +1 and take the photo.

If you want to get fancy, bracket and do a three shot HRD.

Apply a gradient and finish bringing up ground.

Bosh, done.


you are overworking the problem.

it is not a difficlut shot to get in camera.

I thins that the sky is too bright and lacks color/definition. It was evening and I was facing west.

This scene is a good candidate for hand held HDR. Use continuous shooting + exposure bracketing and get a three shot bracket.

Combine them in PP and I think it wold look great.

Is this a "Know what time of day to shoot facing west" issue? Is there something in post processing I can be doing?

yes, bring up the shadows.

TEdolph, RIP

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