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Stormy Summer Day   Featured in Digital Darkroom #029
  Stormy Summer Day
Stormy Summer Day
1/320 sec at F8, EV-1.7 (metered for sky). Nikkor 35-70mm.
© Heather K. McFarland
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Mary Timman
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    Beautiful image. I love old barns and this one is really neat. The sky really sets everything off.

7/29/2005 7:36:07 AM

Anahelena Natera

member since: 3/10/2004

Hey Heather. I truly like this picture, especially the colors. Did you work with it in any software? How did you get the foreground to be so well-exposed? I find that when I meter for the sky, in these situations, my foreground is underexposed most of the time. Thanks so much for your time and good luck in the contest!

7/29/2005 7:39:38 AM

Heather K. McFarland
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Thank you, Mary and Anahelena! Yes, I did work this image in post-processing. When metering for the sky, your foreground will be underexposed. But it's the only way to get the sky exposed correctly. There are several ways to then process the image.
1) You can take two exposures, one for the sky and one for the foreground, and combine them in post processing.
2) If you shoot RAW ... you can convert the RAW file in two passes. One as you took it with the sky exposed correctly. Then process it again to increase the exposure to get the foreground correct. Then you can combine them using a variety of methods in post processing (you can do a search on the Internet for methods of combining to exposures).
3) Or you can just work with the original image in which the sky was exposed correctly. Then using your masking tools, select just the foreground (which is what I did), then using curves tool adjust the foreground until you get it exposed correctly. You will have to feather your selection and sometimes blend along the selection line so that your masking edges are not visible!

7/29/2005 8:34:21 AM

Joy Rector
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fantastic image.

7/29/2005 10:19:16 AM

Vendla Stockdale
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member since: 9/23/2004

Just beautiful

7/29/2005 11:34:25 AM

Serena Pierce

member since: 3/29/2002

Beautiful image and great post processing work. Thanks for sharing.

7/31/2005 3:43:32 PM

Kathleen K. Parker
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member since: 11/30/2000

Beautiful, Heather!!!

8/18/2005 6:39:37 PM

Andrew I. Boyd
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member since: 8/13/2005

Joy in a frame!Brilliant!!

10/20/2005 4:37:17 AM

Chris E. Chapman

member since: 8/8/2005

One other option for correct sky/ground (foreground) exposure is a graduated Neutral Density (ND) filter. This lets you meter to the foreground and the filter compensates for what would normally be an over-expodsed sky.

5/25/2006 12:06:41 AM

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