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Old May 3, 2009, 2:33 PM   #1
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Here is a night shot takenone night witha near full-moon. Tried some different exposures, 25 sec. - 30 sec. and 60 seconds. This shot was taken with 60 seconds exposure. The aim was to get some details in the foreground as well, but it backfired on me, because the highlights (lights on bridge and moon) were blown out!

The ones with 30 sec. and 25 sec. where better in the high-lights and the moon, but pitch-black with absolutely no detailsin the foreground.





What should I have done differently?
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Old May 3, 2009, 2:50 PM   #2
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You should have tried an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image. This would have allowed you to have a better chance in getting details in every part of the image. You said, however, that you did try different exposures, so you may be able to generate an HDR image with those. I am assuming you used a tripod if you used exposures of up to 60 seconds so the all of the images should be pretty close (framing wise...) Post all 3 exposures, and then I am sure one of the members would be happy to generate an HDR image for you.
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Old May 4, 2009, 12:00 AM   #3
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An HDR would give you an ideal result. In this case I just used Shadow/Highlight to bring up the detail in the forground while cutting back on the moon light.

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excellent edit bynx ...... man i need to learn so much:?
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Hello, all you good members - and thank you for taking part in my "quest" for better pictures. Your interest and help is much appreciated!

I feel that I owe you an apology, though, because I am afraid that I didn't make myself clear enoughwhen I first wrote "The aim was to get some details in the foreground as well..."

What I meant is that the little detail that I have in the foreground was actually sufficient for me, as I would like tokeep the emphasis on darkness (after all its a night-shot) and tojust have that little "suggestive" detail in the small brush and smallrocks in the fortegroundand to keep some outline of the shoreline against the water- enough that the onlooker realizes that there is a shore and not just empty blackness.

In other words - I like the foregroundas it is, but in doing so, the highlightswere blown out - so I should hav cut back on the exposure-time.

I also realize that an HDR would have been the best, if want to have every detail visible. But that is not what I wanted. I don't want to make a "daylight-shot" out of a night-scene, but to keep it asa descent night-shot with a dark sky, starsand just enough details in the foreground to suggest a shore-line.


Having said that, I must admit that I was very impressed by Bynx'es "workover" and I am surprised just how much detail there is lurking in the dark!!! Thank you Bynx!
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Hello Walter! Is this close to what you had in mind? I just adjusted the shadows a bit in Lightroom 2 and cloned out a few little bright spots on ground.

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...to bring up the detail in the forground while cutting back on the moon light.
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... I just adjusted the shadows a bit in Lightroom 2 and cloned out a few little bright spots on ground.
Hello and thank you again for your efforts!

Thanks to both Bynx's and bhammitt's examples of what can be done pp and just how much details there still is, even though it looks as if most of the foreground is just darkness - I have come to the conclusion that I should have exposed several steps less than I did, and then tweek out the desired details in the shadows in P-shop.

Again, I appreciate your envolvement and good intentions!

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Old May 10, 2009, 9:25 PM   #8
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very nice walter
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