Stormy Summer Day

© Heather K. McFarland

Stormy Summer Day

Mary Timman 7/29/2005 7:36:07 AM

Beautiful image. I love old barns and this one is really neat. The sky really sets everything off. #285763

Anahelena Natera 7/29/2005 7:39:38 AM

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! #1652924

Heather K. McFarland 7/29/2005 8:34:21 AM

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! #1653136

Joy Rector 7/29/2005 10:19:16 AM

fantastic image. #1653419

Vendla Stockdale 7/29/2005 11:34:25 AM

Just beautiful #1653599

Serena Pierce 7/31/2005 3:43:32 PM

Beautiful image and great post processing work. Thanks for sharing. #1660304

Kathleen K. Parker 8/18/2005 6:39:37 PM

Beautiful, Heather!!!
kk #1733010

Andrew I. Boyd 10/20/2005 4:37:17 AM

Joy in a frame!Brilliant!! #1972230

Chris E. Chapman 5/25/2006 12:06:41 AM

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. #2812291

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1/320 sec at F8, EV-1.7 (metered for sky). Nikkor 35-70mm.

Uploaded on 7/29/2005 7:34:06 AM

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Camera: Nikon D1X Digital SLR Camera

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