Is this the best I can expect from D800?

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Robin Casady
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Re: Is this the best I can expect from D800?
In reply to wisep01, 3 months ago

wisep01 wrote:

It's a high-contrast scene--strong backlighting (of green leaves) and side-lighting (of the grass). There were two areas of blown highlights: (1) the sky and (2) the grass.

In all likelihood, he attempted to fix the former by selectively blending in a separate exposure (either another capture or a RAW file under-exposed). However, the layer mask selection boundary is too abrupt (not enough feathering).

Regarding the latter, he did not attempt to fix it. The grass has blown highlights and there is an apparent loss of detail there.

I don't know whether this qualifies as a total "catastrophe," however.

Yea, I messed up. Quick-and-dirty processing in Lightroom 5. I was in a hurry and mainly interested in showing sharpness at 100%. Exposure was mainly done with Auto, which increased the exposure too much. The attempt at using a Brush layer was done too hastily and not inspected carefully. I've replaced the image with a version I like better. YMMV.

It is one image, no stacking. Shot directly into the Sun (which is behind a branch) in late afternoon.

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