Sep 062010

I hope you don’t mind that I stretch a short moment into two posts, but Sunday was photographically unproductive, and besides, I really like these two images.

Juha Haataja recently asked about how much we rely on all the dynamic range our cameras can capture, and the point he made is right, normally what we get suffices, but these two images show why dynamic range is still important.

The image captured by the camera contained all the dynamic range that was possibly there to capture. Of course the sun will always burn out, but everything else was pretty accurate, only the distribution was wrong. I needed +2 EV for the ground in order to make it look like what I saw, and into that image I blended the original exposure. I could have used some HDR tone mapper to do the job, but for this kind of image I prefer to do it myself. The automatic algorithms are great, but they never get the sun right 🙂

Anyway. Raising exposure by 2EV brought up some noise in the landscape, but not too bad. This is of course due to the camera’s great dynamic range, and I guess it is these times when I really need the 14 bit capture. Forget about doing that with a JPEG.

The Song of the Day is still “Chasing The Light” from the 1989 album “Leningrad Cowboys Go America”. Hear it on YouTube.

  3 Responses to “1422 – Chasing The Light II”

  1. You are right, this is quite a challenging situation – challenging even for the human eye. And beautifully expressive result!

  2. Congrats on obtaining a lovely lovely result. All that hard work was well worth it. My fav is the horizontal version, as I think the details in the landscape are much more interesting than in the skyscape part. I also love how the lens flare adds to the scene

    • Well, sometimes I take the flares out, sometimes I don’t. Sigma lenses tend to have small but bright green flares, and frequently I take them out. It’s pretty easy and they look alien. Here it would have been impossible as they are too big, but then, they are much more conformant to the stereotype of the flare.

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