Friday, July 29, 2005

Breaking Rule #3: Adjust your camera so the exposure is right

This one has been very very hard for me. I've done it now in three outings, nothing seems worth posting. I am not holding back for a keeper. There's just nothing "special" at all about what I've captured. Just looks like a mistake to me.

Ok, I'll post one example from tonight. What's wrong is that I don't see any "benefit" whatsoever to underexposing this:

I think I'll come back to this one later...


Blogger ursula said...

It's quite beautiful, Neil. I think that breaking this particular rule in this particular situation might be difficult, because you're dealing with a situation where your light readings are going to be very different at the top/middle of the photo (sky portion) from the bottom (land portion). This is the kind of situation where you can get silhouettes with beautiful colours behind, or stuff like that.

Just an idea, but to break the "use the right exposure" rule, maybe it would be good to try in a situation where reading is more uniform throughout the picture. Does that make sense?

BTW - do you have a landscape version of this shot?

7/29/2005 11:34 PM  
Blogger AJAger said...

You say that you don't think that you can see much benefit underexposing here, but I think that I can. The general darkness of the image almost forces me to look at it for much longer to get a feel for the texture in the foreground, for instance.

8/06/2005 10:45 AM  

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