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how would you expose this properly?

 
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Jul 17, 2011 12:52 |  #16

The way this would be shot by a pro would be either HDR for modern stuff or with grad ND filters for the clouds. A matte box would do the trick for placement of the filters. In this case the ND filters would probably be actual wratten filters as opposed to glass. The exposure issue is not new, film had the same issues too. Just a wider exposure latitude. I have a whole host of these filters in various densitys, colors contrast levels etc. Kodak still makes most of them, or you can buy old ones that are out of date. But for this scene I would use a center line neutral grad to darken the sky to get it it within 1/2 stop of the buildings darkest area. With a LF camera you would of course tilt and shift camera to make the buildings square top to bottom. Then you could use the filter either in front of the lens, between the lens and the ground glass / focal plane to get the desired effect. You draw on the groundglass with a grease pencil to register the location of the filter then cut the filters to match the ground glass. Tough to do with digital, but not impossible. Then you can learn about in camera masking, film plane registration and multiple exposures with the matt box. A really good photographer could get it all on one piece of film, with multiple exposures You could also use polaroid pos/neg films to create a layered mask (sound familier). There are about a gazillion ways to shoot this and get the exposure on the money without ever getting close to a computer. But for digital I'd start with stacked filters.


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Jul 18, 2011 02:14 |  #17

Raw can do a lot. You just have to realize that for this kind of shot there is no "correct exposure" -- digital photography has absolute limits when it comes to blown highlights and shadows, and how much you can do with "borderline" images. But if you bring a DSLR and shoot Raw, you get more processing "range". And, as has been said above, using the HDR technique or the exposure blending technique can do a lot.

Here's a little "project" I did with a scene from one Raw file where I wanted to keep the sky in good shape while amplifying an underexposed foreground:

https://photography-on-the.net …p=12763110&post​count=3988


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Jul 18, 2011 09:35 |  #18

LBaldwin... errr, what???

thanks everyone

some of what has been said kinda went over my head. i dont have PS, only LR, and not a fan of the HDR look. i do shoot raw


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Jul 18, 2011 10:10 |  #19

OK imagine that you have a pair of shades that block out the bright spots and even out the low spots so that each was easier to see. Get the idea? Kodak made a set of filters to do color correction, exposure correction and they were used for shots just like this. So that the entire image is shot on one sheet of film.


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Jul 18, 2011 10:12 |  #20

gotcha. the grease pencil + cutting filters part confused me


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