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Old Oct 29, 2010, 1:36 PM   #1
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With my FZ35. I need to learn how to capture the blue sky better. Any suggestions, please?


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Old Oct 29, 2010, 1:54 PM   #2
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Wonderful series...

I like them all but I like the Butterfly best...
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Hi saly,

They're really nice, and I also like the butterfly best.

The only problem with photographing in the middle of a sunny day is you'll always get severe shadows. Early morning and late afternoon will yield much better light for this kind of thing.

To get a more blue sky, you'll need to spot meter against the sky - again, perhaps when the sun is a little lower.
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Thank you both. Unfortunately, I didn't have a choice in the time of day - this was during my lunch break! As for metering off the sky, that turns everything else into silhouette. I will try going later in the afternoon. Here are few more butterfly shots...








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Thanks for those...

Absolutely wonderful...!
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[QUOTE=BackyardPermaculture;1160747
To get a more blue sky, you'll need to spot meter against the sky - again, perhaps when the sun is a little lower.[/QUOTE]

True. However, that will also render the subject a little underexposed and if you try to correct it PP the sky becomes pale again. I have found two ways - one is to focus on a spot bordering the sky and the periphery of the subject, so that a compromise is reached between the blue of the sky and exposure of the subject. Two, I just go ahead and shoot, and correct the sky alone in PP. See this photo:



The sky was just white which I did not like, so I rendered it how I preferred it to be.

BTW, beautiful garden shots and butterfly macros, Saly. I don't see why you needed more blue sky in these.

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Saly, those butterfly shots are great!

I have the same problem with time of day - lunch time is way more convenient to get to places in the city for me. But it will always mean contending with bright light and severe shadows.

I took a shot the other morning at my bus stop - just a grassy hill and blue sky with a few clouds. I metered off the sky and got really deep blue while the grass was still OK; I think it makes a lot of difference.

Bryan Peterson's book "Understanding Exposure" has been recommended on here. I bought the new edition and recommend it big-time. He has quite a lot about metering under various conditions.
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Old Oct 30, 2010, 12:33 PM   #8
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Backyard - thanks for the book recommendation. I'll definitely check it out.

Raghu - I really don't like to PP too much, but I realize sometime you have to, to save a good subject matter.
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Veerrry nice Saly!!!
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I think a bit of PP on the sky can be fun some times:

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