ImageNight time photography is extremely fun and challenging. The calm, quiet and the non changing light can aid you in your quest and give you the time to get things right.

The extremes in dynamic range can blow the highlights of a brightly lit building and mud up the shadows of a dark foreground.

HDR is a good starting point to get multiple exposures favoring different parts of the scene. But for those who prefer a bigger challenge;

-you can shoot slow B&W film like Ilford Pan F or Delta 100 on a medium format camera(best option) and expose for the shadows.

-you can use a digital camera with proper exposure somewhere between shadow and highlight exposure.

If the highlights call for 1/50 @ f4

and the shadows for 2s        @ f4

that is aprox 7 stops of difference..

An exposure of 1/4s @ f4 will give you a good starting point to pull the details off the shadows in some basic Photoshop CS6 layer work.

The Snow in this photograph actually helped the foreground contrast and detail. In a snowless landscape, your exposure should favor the dark areas without significantly blowing out the highlights. Remember, the specular highlights ( light sources, reflections ) will never retain detail. The highlights you are after are textures on buildings and  surfaces.

Good luck


2 responses

  1. PhiipPhlop

    This is so fantastic!

    December 15, 2012 at 3:56 am

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