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CynthiaK Aug 10, 2010 9:15 AM

White Steeples against Blue Sky
I was in Boston on vacation and there are a lot of white church steeples and rooftops. I had the hardest time capturing the white against a blue sky without it "blowing out" everything. AND, add a dark figure in front such as a statue and forget it! I have a Canon T1i and have tried changing the ISO, aperture and shutter speed - all to no avail. My husband and daughter want to scream as I take 20 shots trying to figure out what I am doing wrong! When I put it on automatic, the flash goes off (fill flash) but then the shot has that flash look about it.

What am I doing wrong?


MartinSykes Aug 10, 2010 9:39 AM

Maybe change the metering mode? It could be trying to set the exposure for just part of the scene instead of the whole. If you can post an example we can maybe look at the EXIF information and give a better answer.

CynthiaK Aug 10, 2010 12:08 PM

Let me see what I have when I get home - I was pretty irritated and delting a lot at night!

VTphotog Aug 10, 2010 9:34 PM

This is a very difficult type of shot to get - the dynamic range of the scene is more than a digital camera can contain in a single exposure. If you have a tripod and the time, taking a bracketed series of exposures and combining to HDR in post processing is the best way to deal with it. Otherwise, metering on the sky (the brightest part of the scene) will avoid blowing out the highlights, but leave the shadow areas overly dark. Again, post processing, using something like the shadows/highlights tool in Photoshop, or a stand-alone program such as the one Martin has created (good work, Martin), will recover the detail in the shadow areas, though sometimes at the expense of some noise.


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