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the bitch.

hi everybody!

If you have a closer look into the rules section you’ll notice there is not much you have to keep in mind: one picture per day, NO stock photos. But even though I am very aware of the rules I’m going to break them.

Today I want to show you something I’m really proud of. Yesterday for the very first time one of my pics went *EXPLORE* on flickr. I know – it’s not really such a big deal to get “explored” on flickr – and much less if you’re #137 out of 500. But in the end you’re still listed among “flickr’s most interesting content”. To me this means a lot. Especially as it is the second “great achievment” after AOL used my picture for one of their articles earlier this month.

A big THANK YOU to all of you guys who keep clicking, faving & commenting my flickr stream!

To keep this blogpost somehow informative for you let’s get more into detail about shooting this:
The “Oak Alley” is really a bitch when it comes to taking nice pictures. It’s really breathtaking when you happen to be there. Especially when it’s a very nice and warm day in late November and the yellow and mellow sunlight hits the alley and creates those beautiful shadows and … you get the picture! ;)

You pick up your camera and you notice — it’s almost impossible to capture the beauty. Even though it’s almost the golden hour there’s no chance to handle the range of contrast. The sky overexposes merciless if you try to expose the oaks correctly. So do the highlights in the grass and the leafes on top of the trees. If you underexpose in order to get a nice sky it’s the opposite round — you completely lose the details in the dark oaks.
The manor itself gets lost under the shadows of the oaks anyway and don’t even think of the AWB doing a good job.

After all you try your best, balance the exposure to not completely lose details on BOTH far ends of the histogram and hope that you’ll get it together with photoshop …

Well — I guess I did! :D

2 Kommentare

  1. Erstellt am 31/05/2010 um 14:19 | Permanent-Link

    ps: no HDR/DRI/Tonemapping technique this time!

  2. stefan
    Erstellt am 31/05/2010 um 17:14 | Permanent-Link

    wow!

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