genesimmons wrote in post #16860574
u could be right,is there a way to calibrate the monitor on a mac air,
There are, but I calibrate mine by basically making a print. Of course most people in general have their monitors too bright, so my images posted might look way too bright for them.
However, in this case this image is dark compared to any others.
You may still have blown-out areas - that is due to the scene and metering (and I'm not going to get into that here), however, if you use processing software it should tell you the luminance values. For instance I did that with the clouds and since they were blown out I would expect them to be at a 255 or so luminance (pure white). I suspect they look pure white on you monitor because it is set too bright.
One thing you could do is increase the exposure in an editing software until the blown out areas are at a luminance level of 250-255 and then reduce your monitor brightness until the scene looks approximately OK. That will at least get you a bit closer.
Not sure if it is 'overcooked' or not - it's kind of small to see, I didn't even realize it was an HDR to be honest. As for metering, I would just practice with that lens and what works for you, it seems to be very personal. Personally though I use tripod + live view + histogram in manual for landscapes.