Daily Image - Feb 2011 Archive - sonofjohan

If you are not into the HDR approach to capturing all the light as seen by the human eye (recently suggested as being 27 full stops by researchers at Stanford Univ.) and approximated by the merging of several images each of which has captured a portion of that light, you will have to settle for the shadows, mid-tones, or highlights. Depending on how you've elected to set your camera's metering, you will have varying degrees of success in getting exactly what you want. For absolute control one might select the spot metering option, metering on the specific light level that is the most important. Another approach would be to allow the camera to do it all for you in center weighted where you decide on how much of the center to use, or, giving the camera total control, go for matrix metering. All three methods are capable of yielding a very nice image, but you as the photographer must make some decision as to what you want as the final product. The morning of the shot which I'm sharing today wasn't providing me all that much light, I didn't have a tripod, it was relatively early, AND cold. So I elected to go with spot metering, chose the sunrise as my center of interest, and allowed the foreground elements to go very dark and become silhouettes. With the sunrise as my theme, going with the loss of detail in the foreground not only doesn't matter, it provides for a striking contrast against the sunrise doesn't have compete because the eye is not looking for unimportant detail. The use of this technique often works well, and in fact, might just save what might otherwise be an overly busy image. ISO 400; 1/160 sec @ f / 8.