Pulling a previously unpublished image from the archives. This was shot as part of a 3 or 5 exposure bracketed series to be used in an HDR. An HDR was processed long ago, but I was never completely sold on the final image. Here I used the longest exposure of the series (and would thus start off as the brightest) and processed with a bias towards a high key style with low contrast in the lighting.
The newly acquired (at the time) B+W 10-stop neutral density filter was employed to achieve the 30 second exposure in the daytime.
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Yes, I have literally run out of new photographs that I like enough to process and post. I also learned a valuable lesson today. Spot metering the darker ground while the sky has a brightly lit sunset is a bad idea. It is an even worse idea when you don’t have a graduated filter and try to bring back the blown out sky using the graduated filter in Lightroom. It just does not look right. At the very least use center-weighted metering or expose one shot each for the sky and ground and blend in Photoshop.
EXIF data: Nikon D50, center-weighted metering mode, ISO 200, 18mm, f/11, 30 sec
San Francisco, Fishing Pier, Bright Highlights, Long Exposure. San Francisco, CA. June 12, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.