Friday, April 25, 2008

Picture of the day

The fountain at the courthouse is finally operational:


Playing with the Neutral Density setting on the camera to allow me to leave the shutter open longer so the water has that soft feel to it. Of course mid-day sunlight killed the highlights. :(

Focal Length: 7.4mm

Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec

Aperture: f/8

ISO: 80


Mike said...

Nice picture...even if I don't understand the technical talk.

Anonymous said...

Nothing that tone mapping can't fix. What was the old saying for film.. shoot for the shadows, develop for the highlights?

TomboCheck said...

Mike - all the technical talk is just for my own reference down the road in case I wonder how I got the shot. My memory is probably not what it should be. ;)

PrescottStyle - Tonemapping could probably do a lot to help the highlights, but my laziness added onto the fact that I really didn't love the image means that it will stay as is.

I do find that, in general, with digital you really need to expose for the highlights, and process for the shadows. The reason is that over half of the actual information that a digital camera sensor stores is in the highlight's area of the exposure, so if you blow them out you lose a LOT of data.

A good read here.

melissa said...

that is a seriously awesome photo!

TomboCheck said...

Melissa - thanks! It is definitely not my favorite image, but out of all my test shots while playing with new settings it was the best. I'll start getting the hang of this whole photography thing yet. :)