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Re: Foggy morning at Paines Creek Beach

Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:22 am

Nothing deep about what I do, Steve; more hit or miss. I don't bracket. I used to but didn't find it gave me what I wanted even when I tried different values, e.g., +1/3,0,-1/3; +1,0,-1; and other combos. So, I expose on what I think is mid-gray in the scene, frame and take my first shot; then I look at the histogram. If I need more lights or darks, then I look around the scene for light that might make my photo lighter or darker, expose and take a shot. If that doesn't work, I modify the light object I use for exposing, depending on whether I need more lights or more darks. I take a shot. If I like it, okay. If I don't, I repeat till I get what I want. If a shot is too dark, I expose on a darker object to get more light in, then shoot. And vice-versa for the lights. Sometimes this doesn't work and I move on. If you want I can send you a series of shots and try to recall what I did for each. Thanks for the interest. Matt
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Post by St3v3M » Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:25 am

Matt Quinn wrote:Nothing deep about what I do, Steve; more hit or miss. I don't bracket. I used to but didn't find it gave me what I wanted even when I tried different values, e.g., +1/3,0,-1/3; +1,0,-1; and other combos. So, I expose on what I think is mid-gray in the scene, frame and take my first shot; then I look at the histogram. If I need more lights or darks, then I look around the scene for light that might make my photo lighter or darker, expose and take a shot. If that doesn't work, I modify the light object I use for exposing, depending on whether I need more lights or more darks. I take a shot. If I like it, okay. If I don't, I repeat till I get what I want. If a shot is too dark, I expose on a darker object to get more light in, then shoot. And vice-versa for the lights. Sometimes this doesn't work and I move on. If you want I can send you a series of shots and try to recall what I did for each. Thanks for the interest. Matt

I think I understand and have thought to do the same, but I seem to be more visual now and would appreciate the series.

If you're up for it would you mind posting it as a Tutorial? It doesn't have to be anything formal, just you and me talking.

This really is helpful by the way. I'm heading to bad weather this weekend and hope to try this out. Thank you so much! S-
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:27 pm

Thanks for the compliment. I will put something together and share it with you. Safe and happy trip. Matt
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Post by St3v3M » Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:36 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:Thanks for the compliment. I will put something together and share it with you. Safe and happy trip. Matt

Thank you! S-
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Post by Matt Quinn » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:50 pm

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Matt Quinn wrote:Thanks for the compliment. I will put something together and share it with you. Safe and happy trip. Matt

Thank you! S-


Steve, As promised. All the photos were hand-held, so the composition is not exactly the same in all, but close enough, I believe. No pp on any of these; all are sooc.

To start, I focused on the clump in the middle and metered from that. I have a range finder and use manual focus but let the camera do the metering.
Exposures for Steve pM (1 of 5).jpg


The histogram indicated it was too dark for me. So I metered on something very dark and shot this one.
Exposures for Steve pM (2 of 5).jpg


Blown out. So I metered on something kinda in the middle, i.e., the grass. Here's #3.
Exposures for Steve pM (3 of 5).jpg


Still too dark; so I metered on something slightly darker, i.e., darker portions of the shore. Here's #4.
Exposures for Steve pM (4 of 5).jpg


Almost there, but I wanted the histogram to move more to the right. So, I metered on something a little darker than in #4. Here's the final.
Exposures for Steve pM (5 of 5).jpg


Not very sophisticated or precise, but enough for my impatience. Let me know what you think. Thanks. Matt
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Post by St3v3M » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:56 am

Matt Quinn wrote:...
Not very sophisticated or precise, but enough for my impatience. Let me know what you think. Thanks. Matt

This means a lot to me and I really appreciate it! S-
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Post by Matt Quinn » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:00 pm

You're welcome.
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