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    Default Glowing Sunrise

    I took these 2 pictures in China but it's not the effect that I wanted. I expected the glow to radiate more and I'm quite sure the pictures are underexposed. To rectify these pictures, is it just a matter of underexposing it?

    f-stop = f16
    shutter speed = 1/125
    film = fuji xtra 400

    Please give suggestions or comments.....

    http://www.pbase.com/image/13873220

    http://www.pbase.com/image/13873205


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    Default Re: Glowing Sunrise

    Originally posted by bja
    I took these 2 pictures in China but it's not the effect that I wanted. I expected the glow to radiate more and I'm quite sure the pictures are underexposed. To rectify these pictures, is it just a matter of underexposing it?

    f-stop = f16
    shutter speed = 1/125
    film = fuji xtra 400

    Please give suggestions or comments.....

    http://www.pbase.com/image/13873220

    http://www.pbase.com/image/13873205

    i believe u mean dat your pictures r overexposed? no?

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    Yes they do look overexposed... not so much of a sunrise anymore as high noon... I think it would look slightly better if the features in front (mountains, road etc) were black, which brings more emphasis to the sun itself. Right now they're too bright and distracting.

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    eeehhh heehee yea... i mean overexposed

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    Originally posted by f55user
    Yes they do look overexposed... not so much of a sunrise anymore as high noon... I think it would look slightly better if the features in front (mountains, road etc) were black, which brings more emphasis to the sun itself. Right now they're too bright and distracting.
    although the landscape is clear but the sky is totally washed out...

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    Originally posted by f55user
    Yes they do look overexposed... not so much of a sunrise anymore as high noon... I think it would look slightly better if the features in front (mountains, road etc) were black, which brings more emphasis to the sun itself. Right now they're too bright and distracting.
    hmmm so if i were to underexpose the picture, it should obtain that effect?

    Sorry if this is a stupid question but I'm still quite new to this

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    I think I know what you were trying to capture. The latitude of film is not nearly as great as the human eye (and brain). I remembered reading some where that the typical film has about 5 stops between the brightest and the darkest part of the picture while the human eye is closer to 7 stops. (something like that). so you either expose for the sky and leave the foregraound in silhouette or you expose for the foreground and end up with a white out sky. Or the worst you can do is leave it to the camera (matrix exposure) and end up with some middling something.

    What I might do is use a graduated filter and bring the foreground and background closer to each other in exposure and perhaps then I will get both the foreground and what must have been a beautiful sky. good luck

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    Originally posted by bja


    hmmm so if i were to underexpose the picture, it should obtain that effect?

    Sorry if this is a stupid question but I'm still quite new to this
    not necessarily so. cos u probably lost a lotta detail in the overexposed portions. i suppose u mean underexposing now using ps? if dats the case u might not recover the lost details. juz my 2 cents worth...

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    yes, the sky is overexposed. Nevertheless, I like the second shot.

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    Originally posted by RedDevil7
    not necessarily so. cos u probably lost a lotta detail in the overexposed portions. i suppose u mean underexposing now using ps? if dats the case u might not recover the lost details. juz my 2 cents worth...
    Actually I meant underexposing when i was taking it

    Anyway thanks to all who replied! and I learnt something new (graduated filter)
    Will try to try out suggestions given when i get the chance

    I guess now there's not much I can do the "save" the picture rite?

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    Originally posted by bja

    Sorry if this is a stupid question but I'm still quite new to this
    You have the right to ask! And everybody learns something from the question you posted...

    I like the 2nd shot but a minor shift to the left would exclude the tree on your right. It'll make the photo look less messy i think... yah?

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    Originally posted by zha
    You have the right to ask! And everybody learns something from the question you posted...

    I like the 2nd shot but a minor shift to the left would exclude the tree on your right. It'll make the photo look less messy i think... yah?
    hmmmm is this better?

    http://www.pbase.com/image/14022268

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    Originally posted by bja
    hmmmm is this better?

    http://www.pbase.com/image/14022268
    The ratio does'nt seem right.. crop off a lil' bit of the sky perhaps?

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    hee sorry :P bad editing skills....

    Anyway here's my shot at it again....

    http://www.pbase.com/image/14063756

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