For the best IQ, 2 separate RAW files and manual blending will be best of course.
Can try the graduated neutral density filter, use the nd on the bright background. I guess flash will do, but not in fill-in mode.
Set flash at maximum power. Don't use any diffuser. Point straight ahead.
Meter for the sky, +1 or +2 if necessary.
If it doesn't work, your best bet is HDR, DRI or exposure blending/fusion like what most have suggested here. If you only have 3 shots handheld, -4, -2 and 0 is your best bet. Spot meter on the obelisk.
If you don't want to HDR or such, then take the average exposure where you can still see the sky. Shoot in raw. Put in photoshop, bump up exposure for the obelisk. Then GND the sky in, probably need -4.
Last edited by Mythmaker; 13th February 2012 at 08:37 PM.
Yep. It's either I blow out the sky or turn the obelisk black. The flash just made a weird patch of lighting on the obeliskOriginally Posted by Octarine
You will need a D300(s) and above to do 5 to 9 shots bracketing. One of the few reasons why I gave D7k a miss and go straight for D300s.
But considering and testing the iso performance along with the price point, i gave the d300s a miss as well hahaOriginally Posted by Cowseye
D7000/ MB-D11/ SB-700/ Tamron 17-50/ Sirui T1204x
Layer them in Photoshop, with the subject-exposed photograph below. You can then erase the top layer (exposed for the background) with a soft brush to reveal the subject. Do note that if the sun is in the picture your subject should not end up being the brightest thing in the picture. Cheers.
I find is very interesting, when the days we have no digital, no photoshop, no HDR,
how do people photograph all these? please don't tell me nobody can take such photos before the arrival of digital cameras.
where is the art of searching best lighting for your subjects?
if the lighting is not right, just come back another time or look for alternative angle.
ok, lets take the CDB scene for an example, if taken from esplanade or MBS side, other than night shots, the best time to take is in the morning, where as all skyscraper are in frontal lighting.
if shots are taken in the afternoon, all the building facing you will be in shadows, the colors will not be that vibrant, and it look hazy too, so would you prefer to photoshop/HDR it or come back in the morning?