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Hill Station

By hasu  
This is one of the very famous Hill Station call "Matheran" in India (Maharashtra)

Tags: Photo journalism Nature Landscape and travel

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paulbroad 9 117 1079 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2011 11:43AM
A strong composition due to the angle of view. I think it is a bit over exposed and the tonal range has beaten you a bit. I would have given at least half to one stop less exposure to record the highlights better. The shadows would then have darkened giving a more balanced tonal range.

You have used spot metering and manual, but you must spot on the correct tone - preferably several tones, then average the results. The gear suggests you know what you are doing, but I'm not sure your metering was correct here.

Paul

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hasu 8 8 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2011 12:18PM
Hi Paul, First of all I thank you for your time and comment. However, believe me or not it was very strong Sun and if I would have stopped down, then there would have no details inside the doom of trees! Chers. Harry (Hasu).
Steve-T 9 56 66 England
17 Mar 2011 10:42PM
Really like the fisheye effect. I also like the figures sat on the bench to the right. I agree with Paul about the over-exposure and I understand the compromise you made when taking the shot. If you took this picture as a record of your visit then perhaps the over-exposure is not overly important. However, as you loaded this to the critique gallery I am guessing that your photograph was more than a record shot and therefore the over-exposure is a real limiting factor in the success of this image. Steve.
paulbroad 9 117 1079 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2011 7:43AM
Hello hasu,

I agree that the shadows would darken, but you should still expose for highlights. The shadows can be dealt with later much easier than highlights.

Paul
hasu 8 8 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2011 9:09AM
hunmmm.... I would really appreciate Mod if any one can! Thank you all.
Steve-T 9 56 66 England
20 Mar 2011 1:35PM
I guess that is the issue. Over exposure does not record any detail so a mod can't really address it - all you can do in a mod is turn white to grey which will not improve it or fiddle with cloning etc. Worry not though - I have some images that have blown highlights which I personally still enjoy and I would say this is an enjoyable image due to the fisheye effect. Steve.
hasu 8 8 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2011 2:26PM
Hi Steve, Guess what!! at least I now got the point of the issue! let me ask you one question in this case if I may! say if the image is under exposed, can we solve the problem of loosing details? (please see the image I have uploaded) though I have doubt because then purhaps we will have problem of everything getting white/too bright and noisy up on correction! or rather when we try to make it correct. Regards. Harry.
Steve-T 9 56 66 England
20 Mar 2011 9:50PM
Handling the dynamic range in a scene is always tough. It may not always be possible in one shot to exposure for both highlights and shadows. The photograph you have loaded is a good example of this. If you expose for the highlights the people will be under exposed. When you correct this you are likely to increase the noise. If you expose for the interior you will burn out the highlights. So what is the solution? For the shot you have uploaded the people need to be moved away from the window so you are shooting against an interior background. The natural light may be enough to gain a shot or you may need to employ a flash. But I get the sense that this is candid shot rather than a posed shot and in these circumstances you have to do the best you can in the conditions.

When taking other types of shot many photographers will use graduated filters to reduce the dynamic range. They may also bracket their shots. Bracketing means taking more than one shot - normally three with different exposures. Your camera can be set to do this automatically. Software is then used to combine the three shots. I think if I had taken your Hill Station shot I would have taken three exposures to capture the highlight and shadow detail. The only issue is the people in the shot - bracketing is best done when there is no movement in the scene.

Hope that helps. Steve.
hasu 8 8 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2011 2:40PM
Very right! Anyways, while I was waiting for the reply, I was also working on this perticular image if I can make it any better!! which I think I have managed to do some improvements! not 100% of course but I would say better then before!Smile
It definitely helps Steve! I thank you for your in put. Regards. Harry.

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