Tuesday, September 20, 2011

On Edge

Usually, it is the surroundings that give a subject context.  In this photo, it is almost the opposite.  Would you have recognized the photo as depicting water and fog if the cormorant was absent from the picture?  When photographing something light like fog or snow, the camera will render whatever you point its light sensor at as middle gray.  If you take the reading from the darker water, then recompose the shot, it will render the fog lighter.  Conversely, you can also take a reading from the fog and add 1/2 -1 stop of exposure value if your camera has that ability.

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