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Old Jan 1, 2006, 10:47 PM   #1
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I had the opportunity to take some young children tovisit afarm yesterday. They were thrilled to pet the horses and see the other animals. Here is a picture of one of the gentle horses....The horses are fairly good but why is my sky so blown out???? I had a polarizer on......
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Old Jan 1, 2006, 10:49 PM   #2
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here's another.....
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Old Jan 1, 2006, 10:52 PM   #3
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This is not such a great picture.....but the kids were so thrilled......awh... The simple things in life.....
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Old Jan 1, 2006, 11:00 PM   #4
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Nice shots BMom! Especually #1. That looks ready for a frame! I didn't think the sky looked that bad, maybe a little overexposed due to the lens opening up for the darker horse(s) heads! Jim
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Old Jan 2, 2006, 12:12 AM   #5
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hi B'mom... as Jim mentioned, the blown sky is caused by the fact that you were probably metering on the horse, which was fairly dark by comparison. in order to properly expose the horse, the camera chose an exposure that blew out the sky a bit. if you want some options, try using 2/3 EV exposure bracketing on a shot like this... you'll get one shot over exposed (from the camera's point of view), one under, and one dead on, and you can pick the one you like best.

a polarizer can help, but it doesn't work nearly as well with the sun real low in the sky, and judging by the angle of the light in these pics, it was pretty late in the afternoon. and to maximizetheeffect, you need to meter on the sky to adjust the polarizer, then recompose and take the shot. also... remember that one of the problems withthe FZ's - with most digicams, really - is a limited dynamic range, which means that shots like this require a sacrifice of one or the other. either blown sky and a good horse, or the sky correct and the horse way too dark. in that situation, choosing to meter on - and correctly expose - the horse is the preferable solution. but with that Nikon DSLRyou got, you'd probably havecome a lot closer to getting both right. DSLR's generally have a much greater dynamic range than point-n-shoot or "prosumer" cameras, even sophisticated ones like the FZ's (that's another thing i'd like Panasonic to address, if they can, with the FZ40).

but i am envious of that weather! t-shirts on New Year's day? sunshine? must be nice...


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I think those are great photos
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Old Jan 2, 2006, 3:06 PM   #7
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That first one is really excellent. I dont' find the sky distracting at all, considering how well you captured the dark horse. It looks like everyone was having a good time.
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Thanks all of you for the info, explanation,advice and comments. Squirl, I took the panasonic fz5 with me cause I really like it's smallness and I knew I'd be watching children more than taking pictures.......I'm so appreciative of everyone on this website .....everyone is so genuine and helpful. I'm just one of those slow southerners(lol) in the learning curve when it come to photography.....I do love it sooooo! Thanks again for your time. bentleysmom
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Nice "portrait" shots :-). Loce the fact that they're shaggy and ungroomed - au natural!
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