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By lufc62
What a majestic piece of history. Taken at waddington airshow in july, hope they keep this plane flying for many more years. Thanks for looking.

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Jestertheclown 8 7.5k 249 England
5 Aug 2010 11:20PM
Oh dear, the dark subject/bright sky combination!

I've just carried out a quick mod. using nothing more than the shadows/highlights tool in CS5.
No particular settings, just tweaked until it looked right.
I got rid of that bit of grass in the bottom corner as well.
What has come to light though, is that there appears to be some damage on the "R" on the aircraft's side. I've no idea what it is but it's on your original too, it's just not so visible.
It's a shame because otherwise it's a pretty good image.
Hope this is OK.

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Davesumner 10 28 300 Australia
6 Aug 2010 2:03AM

First of all is lufc in your name, Leeds United?

I've marked jester's comments as constructive critique because basically he has hit the nail right smack on the head with his comments. It is the old bright sky dark shadows problem and it usually occurs when you let the camera do the work itself. The camera tries to evaluate the whole scene and tries its best to expose everything correctly. Unfortunately the human eye can see around 14 - 16 stops of light but your camera can't, it can only see around 6 - 8 (some are a bit better) so this is why what you see isn't always what you get, it is just the cameras best efforts.

However this said the camera has done pretty good here because it could have done one of two things. It could have blown out the sky making it featureless and white and exposed the plane correctly or it could have done what you have here which is exposed the sky correctly and darkened the foreground. Luckily, and probably by more luck than judgement, yours is the better way. The reason is because once a feature of your image is overexposed (blown out), you cannot darken it down to get the details back. However you can lighten darker areas, as jester showed to get the detail back. So in a nutshell it is better to have the brighter areas exposed correctly and bring up the darker one's in PS than it is to try and rescue brighter areas.

I don't know your camera or your experience and I apologise if I have presumed too much. My suggestion would be to try and take control of the metering in your camera and deliberately expose for the brighter areas so that you can at least try to rescue them in PS.

Alternatively, don't shoot in midday sun or on really bright days if possible as this makes for the biggest contrast between bright and dark. Use the late afternoon or early morning light as it is much nicer and easier to manage.

I hope I have helped and good luck with your future shots.

PeterDSmith 9 13 46 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2010 11:46AM
Blimey, I'd have been pleased with your original photograph. But I'm afraid I have to admit that I'd have been even more pleased with their modifications. I'm going to have to mark my photographs with Critique Wanted if this is the standard of critique!
lufc62 7 6 England
8 Aug 2010 11:58AM
Thanks all for the comments, not had the camera long when this pic was taken so thought waddington airshow was a good place to play and try different settings for the pics i took. As a beginer i just see a picture and click away not knowing what to tweek here and there to get the right balance, maybe a lot of practice needs to be done??.
PS. Lufc is leeds united in the name Dave. yes somebody as to ???.

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