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Re: [OM] Highlights

Subject: Re: [OM] Highlights
From: Jim Nichols <jhnichols@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 19:14:17 -0500
Thanks, a lot. The X-T2 EVF makes it easier for me to evaluate the change when I move the EV knob. Maybe the old camera did too, and I'm just waking up to what is going on. Now, when I have the time, I am prone to experiment and see what looks best.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA

On 4/7/2017 7:07 PM, Moose wrote:
On 4/7/2017 2:39 PM, Jim Nichols wrote:
Moose, you are good at spotting my blown highlights, and pushing me in the proper direction. I thought about that when I cranked down the EV while taking this photo of my neighbor's azalea in the sun.

Would you mind giving me your opinion of this one?


Looks perfectly exposed for holding the red channel to me.

I've been watching your red and yellow flowers. "Starting to Open" was really interesting. The first one you posted suffered badly from what appeared to be highlights not seriously blown in the Raw file, but clipped, then pulled back down, in post. Weird colors and lots of lost textural detail. Then I looked again, reposted and looking good! <http://www.moosemystic.net/Gallery/Others/Nichols/Beginning_to_Open.htm>

The original post is a great example of how detail disappears when highlights are blown. Look at the back of the left petal and the top and top right of the rear one.

The two obvious indications of blown highlights are lost detail and changed color in the bright areas. It's easy to think it will show up as really bright colors, but that doesn't necessarily mean blown channels.

"Dogwood Fly-By", @ 0 EV, has some pretty serious clipping, but the yellow still looks good, and is a small part of the image, so it works. Tulips I and II, @ -2/3 EV, have come out very nicely.


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