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Exposure Fusion3

Exposure Fusion3
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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2012-02-18
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon ID IV, 24-70 / 2.8 L
Exposure: f/2.8
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-02-20 5:51
Viewed: 1073
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In Photography everybody agrees that Light is the most crucial aspect of getting a good or great photograph. If I look at a scene or a subject I try to set up the shot with side light as the primary light source. If we are outside and look at the sky we can see the tones change from almost white in the direction of the sun to blue as we get around 30 degrees from the sunís direction. The best light is to the right or left of the sunís direction.

For me I donít take the shot if the direction is too close to the sun unless I am going to convert the shot to black and white and plan on a white background.

Exposure Fusion or the blending of several images at different exposures gives us some options that didnít exist before. With the blending of five images, one stop apart we can achieve some acceptable results.

In this shot the sun was directly behind the subjects as was the Golden Gate Bridge. The idea of the picture was to include the bridge in the photo so the dilemma was to capture the subjects with direct backlighting.

This shot was converted to Black and White using the Channel Mixer and an Overlay Channel to add some contrast.

This is a combination of five fused images using Photomatix.
The Original, almost unusable single shot is in the Workshop.

parasbhalla, Teresat, mvdisco, yanm, chrisJ, brech, jean11-3, mamcg, wackymob has marked this note useful
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Hi Roger,

Nice use again of the fusion technique,It gives the impression of some fill light,I have found in landscapes it also gives realistic black and white images with extended range.

A strong portrait work from this photogenic couple while keeping the Golden Gate Bridge in the BG, Roger!

Good choice of B/W treatment to the picture and nice isolation of your models against the well blurred BG.
The exposure and light are well managed.

Another strong work from your side!

Kind regards,

OlŠ Roger---i am still in process brain your notes about " fusion" it works very well , it is visble the diference...I didnīt see this kind of bg for some time...To be in Paris and to have Tour Eiffel...or being in S, Francisco and have the bridge in bg. I had forgrt it and it is plaesure to see it...goood b/Wchoice and you resolve very well the the original.
The couple look great and they suit the mood.
Um abraÁo

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  • mvdisco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4459 W: 197 N: 4503] (57237)
  • [2012-02-20 6:46]
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Hi Roger..
A great PPwork for this 'contre-jour' composition,
excellent details and notes of your work..
good contrast and light and blur background,
very well done..

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-02-20 7:03]

OK... I was going to ask if you used 5 frames with different exposure or just one made into 5 exposure. And then I saw again the description :).

By looking the original example, its hard to believe you can obtain such a final result. I love dealing with extreme light condition and I think with the help of this tool it would be fun.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-02-20 7:14]
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Hi Roger

A superb dual portrait using the iconic Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. I like the slight upward pov. A charming couple. Well managed backlighting with wonderful shadow detail & good tonal range & light contrasts. Tfs!

I totally agree with you, a simple object can look beautiful with proper lighting. Actually, light makes the photograph. This is a great capture with excellent lighting. Good dof and good contrast. Very well done, tfs.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 452 W: 66 N: 1002] (10640)
  • [2012-02-20 21:00]

Hi Roger,
Just shooting a portrait is something just a shot but putting a background that identifies the situation is next so by looking to this I just went to the Golden Gate Bridge, your NOTE provide much information that is helpful, all I say just that it is superb, TFS.

Hi Roger, this is the sort of thing I meant with the ressurected theme. The only part of your shot where it is noticeable that the sun was in the wrong spot is the little patch next to the lower part of the mans arm on the right. The fusion and b&w gives it a really natural look. Fiona

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