Monday, May 28, 2007

Blown Highlights

Next door to Gabriel's Fountain is Martinsville Florist, and though the florist was closed, their wares were on display.

This planter pictured below was in the shade. (I have a picture of the whole store front, showing exactly where it is, but my niece features in it, and my policy is not to post pictures of family members on public forums - chalk it up to something learned from experience.) You can see that the whites are badly overexposed (much worse than my roses below). From the EXIF info:

Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 92 mm
Shutter speed: 1/80
ISO Speed: 400.

This was a f/4 lens, so it was wide open. Gives you an idea of the light.


I found this from photographer Thomas Pindelski on how to deal with this in bright sunlight. Presumably it will work in this situation as well.

1 comment:

Rajan P. Parrikar said...


There was at least one area in the picture (one of the pots - I'll let you figure out which:-) that had a middle-grey tone. You could have used it to spot-metre the scene and correctly expose the white flowers.

It would be interesting to see if ACR 4 (which now has a Highlight Recovery slider) will recover the blown highlights.