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What would you have done?

This shot is from 2011 no filters used and taken with a 40-150 lens.

What would you have done differently of would you do it?


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Re: What would you have done?

Not knowing the scene, Alf, my first reaction was to focus more right, and put more Pier in, but probaly not possible?

In camera I can see nothing wrong, but, while editing, I would probably lighten or darken the Pier itself to see which worked best, to get detail or full silhouette,

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Re: What would you have done?

Not much wrong with it as it stands, IMO you've got a pretty good exposure considering the huge contrast. It would have been difficult to use a grad filter because it would have cut across the lighthouse and people. I've had a go at lightening the lower part of the picture using the shadow/highlight control but I suspect there would be a risk of artifacts in the sky on the full res image. It's a lovely picture just as it is.

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Re: What would you have done?

Thanks for the thoughts.

There is a lot more pier to the right Imagone

John Nice work

Any other ideas.
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Re: What would you have done?

Nice image alf, pleasing composition

My 2 cents: +/- .7ev 5 frame bracketed exposure and compose an HDR to get the best of the sunset colours and the details of the pier/lighthouse.

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Re: What would you have done?

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Nice image alf, pleasing composition

My 2 cents: +/- .7ev 5 frame bracketed exposure and compose an HDR to get the best of the sunset colours and the details of the pier/lighthouse.

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Are the E-5 or Em5 capable shooting that in bracket mode?
I dont really go in for HDR much though.
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Re: What would you have done?

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Are the E-5 or Em5 capable shooting that in bracket mode?
I dont really go in for HDR much though.
In the E5, when you hold down the Mode and AF buttons together (on the left of the viewfinder prism), it will bring up the EV bracket option. You can bracket up to 7 frames at differing EV values.

The OM-D EM-5 gives you many more options for bracketing (menu > shooting menu 2 > bracketing). You'll get the option to bracket with AE, WB, FL, ISO, Art filters (and all at the same time). I was playing around with the menu options the other day and didn't realize that I had switched on all the bracketing options. I ended up with 18 shots for every snap

I haven't tried HDR myself, but have seen good examples. A good way to get an HDR is apparently to expose for the highlights and to expose for the shadows, and then merging the two. That way you get details from both areas. You would need a tripod to ensure you get the exact same image in both cases.
A shortcut to do it (and for moving subjects) is to bracket shots. You can decide the difference in exposure based on the level of contrast in your frame.

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Re: What would you have done?

The E-620 will do three shots bracketed as will the XZ-1 but with the Xz-1 its easier to set quickly as its a drive mode option.
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