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Every Dark Cloud Has a Gold Lining

I woke up and without going outside I knew it was cold. The heat had gone off during the night and at 6am it was a chilly 50 degrees inside and 30 degrees outside. I threw on some layers and squeezed into the crawl space to find the fuel oil pilot light. Nothing. I kept trying to reset the pilot and still nothing. I crawled out feeling chilled and frustrated, I stood up, looked at the bay and saw the sun coming up with a single cloud above it. Hmmmm…..   I can get some pics of the sun coming up or I can fix the heat. I have my priorities, so in the true spirit of beforethecoffee, I grabbed my camera.

Nikon D3 38mm, f11.0, 1/100, +1EV, single image tone mapped Photomatix

Nikon D3, 70mm, f5.6, 1/1000, -2EV

  • Ches Smith - December 8, 2010 - 8:02 pm

    Really nice shots!
    I am new to HDR, and maybe this question doesn’t even concern that process, but how did you know to adjust your EV up or down for those images? I have the D300 which I believe has nearly the same processor as your D3,so there must be something else to it. If I were attempting those shots they would iunevitably be underexposed for everything except the sun- how did you do that ?
    Thanks for your advice, very much.ReplyCancel

    • Ferrell - December 10, 2010 - 9:21 am

      Hi Ches, It all starts in the camera setup which results in overexposed AND underexposed images, not just underexposed images. I have lots of tutorials that cover this, a good place to start is here: http://beforethecoffee.com/bracketing-number-of-images/

      Good luck and thank you for visiting.ReplyCancel

  • M.E. Martin - January 6, 2011 - 5:28 pm

    I love the new blog look, Ferrell! And of course, the glimpses are as radiant, over and under- as ever.ReplyCancel

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