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Old Jan 23, 2013, 10:52 AM   #1
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Well as usual I messed up the settings and got some bad images. I was shooting something and I set the ISO to 200 and forgot to put it back to Auto with limit on 1200 which is my usual setting. To make matters worse I was shooting birds against a pure white fresh snow background. End result was my pictures were very dim and underexposed. Because I was using the 70-300mm I had it in shutter priority at 1/400 my usual birding setup, but again the ISO was limited and the lens is slow so the end result was poor. Luckily I was able to apply some judicious exposure compensation to the RAW files and resurrect the shots.

For example, this is pretty standard settings run through Oly viewer, as you can see the snow is a nice neutral grey and the bird is blah


P1218383_1 by ramcewan, on Flickr


After tweaking exposure in ufraw and applying some other settings in GIMP I was able to pull this image out



P1218383_1 by ramcewan, on Flickr


here's another recovered image - the original was much like the original of the one above


P1218384_1 by ramcewan, on Flickr

Overall I was impressed with what I was able to pull out in post processing. I almost tossed these RAW files aside thinking they were trash but instead I feel I was able to get some good shots
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 11:15 AM   #2
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Nice.

I think you could actually even drag the darks back down a little bit.

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Old Jan 23, 2013, 11:21 AM   #3
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Just goes to show how these modern meters with their multi-segment algorithms still meter to a neutral gray the same way as a Nikon F2 from 1978 with only a center-weighted system built into those metering prisms. However fancy or simple, both require positive compensation for whites to be white and negative compensation for blacks to be black.

Very nice recovery using the raw files.

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Old Jan 23, 2013, 11:42 AM   #4
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yes here's another example from the same set, but because the background had some grey tones in it, i.e. wasn't all white, the exposure required barely any compensation.

If only that branch wasn't there it would have been a perfect shot of this Carolina Wren


P1218378_1 by ramcewan, on Flickr
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 11:49 AM   #5
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I think the branch adds a nice depth.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 12:34 PM   #6
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Nice job with your recovery techniques Ramce. I haven't gotten to that stage yet.
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