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    Default How to keep the white building white?

    Hi fellas, could appreciate some help..

    When i shot against the sun in #1, the building was too dark
    Then in #2, the sun was out of the picture... then the building came out.. but the sky had no details, just white
    #3 is what the colour should ideally be like
    Thanks in advance for any help!


    #1 f/20, 1/1600 EV 0


    #2 f/11 1/500 EV +1


    #3 It's this white...
    Last edited by nerdie; 27th August 2009 at 11:59 AM.

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    Default Re: How to keep the white building white?

    the white building is in the shadows. it will always remain darker then the sky.

    you will realise that when u get your buildings correct, your sky is too bright (overbloomed). when your sky is correct, your buildings are too dark.

    you need a HDR to get it resolved.

    Google HDR. =)
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    Oh dear, ya i know what HDR is... heh...
    Time + Effort

    Quote Originally Posted by luntut View Post
    the white building is in the shadows. it will always remain darker then the sky.

    you will realise that when u get your buildings correct, your sky is too bright (overbloomed). when your sky is correct, your buildings are too dark.

    you need a HDR to get it resolved.

    Google HDR. =)

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    Sorry guys.. newbie here.. wat is hdr?? n btw there's a stray lite on pic 1 at the staircase..

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    Quote Originally Posted by farid1980 View Post
    Sorry guys.. newbie here.. wat is hdr?? n btw there's a stray lite on pic 1 at the staircase..
    Ya, flare..

    HDR

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    i think a GND filter would probably help...

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    HDR:

    Use a tripod or place your camera on a stable platform (like a table or a bench).
    Compose your picture. Get an exposure.
    Go to Auto Exposure Bracket and bracket -2 and +2. Then select Continuous shot.
    Activate mirror lock-up and 2-sec timer then take the shot. OR, use a remote.
    Then just use your favorite HDR software to make your HDR!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunge View Post
    i think a GND filter would probably help...
    GND filter so that the sky won't be chao tar?

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    Default Re: How to keep the white building white?

    You can use a graduated ND Filters

    Often it is necessary or desirable to balance light intensity in one part of a scene with another, in situations where you don't have total light control, as in bright exteriors. Exposing for the foreground will produce a washed-out, over-exposed sky. Exposing for the sky will leave the foreground dark, under-exposed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diavonex View Post
    You can use a graduated ND Filters

    Often it is necessary or desirable to balance light intensity in one part of a scene with another, in situations where you don't have total light control, as in bright exteriors. Exposing for the foreground will produce a washed-out, over-exposed sky. Exposing for the sky will leave the foreground dark, under-exposed.
    Ahhh, that explains a lot! Will an ND filter work on UWA lens?
    Alternatively i can use the painful way... using HDR!

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    Default Re: How to keep the white building white?

    is it really so hard to:

    1. go to google.com.
    2. key in HDR
    3. hit enter key

    ???

    ND filters will work on any lens btw. as long as you can get it screwed on, or the holder screwed on.
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    Ok, my lens is male, so as long as i get a female filter, i'm sure screwing won't be a problem.. unless there's something my lens is not telling me

    Quote Originally Posted by luntut View Post
    is it really so hard to:

    1. go to google.com.
    2. key in HDR
    3. hit enter key

    ???

    ND filters will work on any lens btw. as long as you can get it screwed on, or the holder screwed on.

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    Default Re: How to keep the white building white?

    Besides HDR, you can also use a camera capable of capturing higher dynamic range like the Fuji S5pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziploc View Post
    Besides HDR, you can also use a camera capable of capturing higher dynamic range like the Fuji S5pro.

    Er, no.. just bought a D90... :|
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diavonex View Post
    Oh excellent, useful link, thanks!
    Any recommendations on a GNR filter? What's the price range like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nerdie View Post
    Ok, my lens is male, so as long as i get a female filter, i'm sure screwing won't be a problem.. unless there's something my lens is not telling me
    yes, but there are some lens that doesnt accept filters.

    like the 14-24 f/2.8.

    i got no idea what lens you are using, so its best to use the word "most".
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    Tokina 11-16mm... it's 77mm thread

    Quote Originally Posted by luntut View Post
    yes, but there are some lens that doesnt accept filters.

    like the 14-24 f/2.8.

    i got no idea what lens you are using, so its best to use the word "most".

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    Quote Originally Posted by nerdie View Post
    Tokina 11-16mm... it's 77mm thread
    good for you then.

    get whatever that you need to make it work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nerdie View Post
    Oh excellent, useful link, thanks!
    Any recommendations on a GNR filter? What's the price range like?
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=263716

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