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Old Sep 18, 2011, 11:06 AM   #1
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Yesterday morning I went out looking for shadows (the biweekly challenge right now). While wandering around I spotted this robin.





My camera was set for the wrong metering mode to try to capture something like this. I shoot raw mostly - since I use LR for management and initial processing the process is the same for raw and jpg. Here's the original version, before processing:



I don't think I would have been able to recover as much if I had shot it in jpg. Also, the recovery was done in LR/ACR and I thought it did a good job of recovering detail in what appears (but isn't quite) blown out areas.

Taken with K5 and DA*300
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Old Sep 18, 2011, 3:05 PM   #2
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Brilliant recovery!
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Old Sep 18, 2011, 3:46 PM   #3
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Excellent job, Harriet. and great shots both!
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Old Sep 18, 2011, 6:46 PM   #4
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These are very nice shots, and the recovery job you did is amazing. Thanks for sharing this!
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Amazing detail. Thanks for posting the original so we could see what you started with.

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Isn't amazing how lovely even the "common" things can be! Great capture of the color, detail and personality. And great job recovering all that detail!

PS - which 300 lens did you use?
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Thanks for the compliments - not all overexposed shots will work like this - if it's blown out completely the detail will be gone. In this case, you can see there's still some detail showing, though I was surprised that I recovered anything in a couple of spots.

Mole - I used the DA*300. I can't quite decide if it's harder for me to use than the A*300 or not - having the AF makes it faster for the most part, but it's heavier and more awkward for me to hand-hold than the A. It's a bit sharper, but only when the focus is the same (it's easy to miss focus slightly and think the A is better). Both have lovely bokeh, color and rendering.
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Nice shots and recovery.

I've gotten away with some real poor metering, and especially underexposure when I didn't wanted to iso to go higher. (indoor with not enough light and min 1/90s shuttertime)

I've been using the K-5 now since it appeared, and I'm still amazed at what you can recover.

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This is a classic example of the DR latitude with RAW. Very well done!

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Thank you Ronny and Marc - it's always fun to watch the recovery of something like this. I find that with overexposure I can get similar results with most of the Pentax cameras I've owned. Its recovering detail in shadows where the K5 stands out from the K10, K20 and K7. All of them would introduce a lot of noise very quickly, even at low ISOs. The K5 has a great deal of leeway.

Mole - I took the A*300 today and while I didn't shoot with it all that much, it's still a fun lens to use.
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