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Feb 25, 2010 22:53 |  #1

Have a pesky diving board with 2 powerful spot light lighting the divers.
I've tried all kinds of settings to no avail. If I underexpose then the
sides of the dive beneath are way too dark.
The whole dive isn't this overexposed.
It's also pretty much impossible to fix in post.
Would some type of filter help?
Tried the auto ISO on the Mark4 it didn't help either.
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Feb 26, 2010 00:08 |  #2

Have you tried shooting in AV mode with the metering set to spot meter? Shutter speed should adjust when the diver hits this hot spot and readjust for the rest of the dive.


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Feb 26, 2010 09:27 as a reply to  @ psurrette's post |  #3

Hadn't tried AV but did try spot meter. Will do this morning.
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Feb 27, 2010 01:20 as a reply to  @ wyofizz's post |  #4

Tried both AV & TV mode.
Both yielded severly under exposed images.
Guess I'm stuck with a low keeper rate:(


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Feb 27, 2010 01:34 as a reply to  @ wyofizz's post |  #5

Hey all,

Can you turn down the intensity of the 2 spots? Maybe to something less bright as the sun?

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Feb 27, 2010 01:37 as a reply to  @ Gary W.'s post |  #6

Don't I wish, very poor building design. They are way too close to the divers.


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Feb 27, 2010 12:22 |  #7

Set up some flashes to back light them and expose to the spot lights Then you will have pics of them diving with a black back ground. Might look cool. Though they might not like getting a flash in the face when they are 20 feet in the air upside down.


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Feb 27, 2010 14:21 |  #8

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Though they might not like getting a flash in the face when they are 20 feet in the air upside down.

I highly doubt they'd notice, given the incredibly bright continuous lights burning holes into their retinas!


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Feb 27, 2010 14:22 |  #9

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Tried both AV & TV mode.
Both yielded severly under exposed images.
Guess I'm stuck with a low keeper rate:(


Did you try cranking in some EC?


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Feb 27, 2010 15:03 as a reply to  @ DDCSD's post |  #10

Can you bounce the light ?


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Feb 27, 2010 23:23 as a reply to  @ Paul S's post |  #11

Can't strobe during diving.


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Feb 28, 2010 20:09 |  #12

How about planning to shoot in the light or out of it? I am wondering why your ISO is 2500 for this shot, of course it is going to be overexposed.
Just send the mIV down to me and I'll play with it for a while:p


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Mar 01, 2010 00:20 |  #13

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How about planning to shoot in the light or out of it? I am wondering why your ISO is 2500 for this shot, of course it is going to be overexposed.
Just send the mIV down to me and I'll play with it for a while:p

Note the SS of 1/1000.
I've gone down to ISO 1250 and SS of 1/640, still gets blown out or
the body parts not directly in the spot light are severly underexposed.


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Mar 01, 2010 12:47 |  #14

Wouldn't a lower ISO help reduce the over exposure? try maybe 1000 or even 800?


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Mar 01, 2010 12:52 |  #15

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Those spots are crazy. Like others have said, if you cant alter the output of the spot's the only other thing to balance an exposure is to bring up the other light, but if you cant with flash other ambient spots are your only option. Tough one.

If it were me.. I'd set my settings on manual to get proper exposure when the spot lights were on them and just use that as the place to shoot. Dealing with the black or severely under exposed background. Then maybe do the same thing in an area the spots are not hitting them in the dive, get some shots from that spot as well with the balanced ambient. Just the way I'd handle it..


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