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Thread: Photo Assignment 03/02/08: Commentary

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    Quote Originally Posted by grossjohann View Post
    Alex,

    These are nice shots. Number 1 is appealing, but my nod goes to number 3. It's a more interesting, more technically sound photo and I think it speaks more to the "landscape" theme. The isolated, decorative fence on a snowbound sunset is a really interesting image. Nice work.

    The processed snow-drifts could easily be oceanic or lunar. Really cool.

    Learning to control light is IT. That's the whole deal. In a nutshell and a constant struggle.

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    Of Snow and Controlling Light. . . .

    I've mentioned in several previous posts that photos which are predominately white or black usually require some exposure compensation to appear natural. Alex's comment about learning to control light made me think of a few before and afters I shot last weekend in the snow to illustrate this very point.

    Each of the following shots is mostly white, having been taken in the snow. Because my camera's meter (and yours) is calibrated to read 18% gray, when it is confronted with something different than that, it tends to show gray. Hence the need for exposure compensation. In the case of an overall white photo, you need to overexpose. Here are a few examples:





    The second shot was taken with the exposure compensation set to +1/3 EV (click for EXIF).





    The second shot was taken with the exposure compensation sent to +2/3EV (click for EXIF)





    The second shot was taken with the exposure compensation sent to +1/3EV (click for EXIF)

    None of these is a perfect exposure, but in each case, the added exposure renders the snow as whiter, truer to its actual appearance. In the case of a black subject (a large locomotive, for example) you'd subtract exposure, or set the EV to -1/3 or -2.3.

    As those of us living in snowy climes get ready to start riding in the coming weeks, the opportunity for some nice bike shots against snowy backgrounds will present itself. This is a surefire way to get a shot worthy of publishing in the ON.

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    I spent some time out today, but am not sure what I really like.

    Here's a location I worked over pretty well, though I don't think this is the one I'm going to submit.



    Here's another location, though I couldn't get rid of the phone pole and get the perspective I wanted. I need to go back with a stepladder and move down the road a bit.

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    I was away for 3 weeks.. Here's a shot from the plane ride home...
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    Sierras...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnszilla View Post
    I was away for 3 weeks.. Here's a shot from the plane ride home...
    Man, now that's a landscape!

    Welcome home.

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    The Pacheco Pass... Looks fake..
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    Quote Originally Posted by SNC1923 View Post
    Man, now that's a landscape!
    If you like that google earth kind of landscape thing...
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