A bunch of engineers who programmed our cameras and phones tell us that there’s only one right way to expose a photo. But for this week’s Shooting Challenge, you took matters into your own hands, and flooded these frames with “too much” light.
This entry should make any Jalops that have ended up here happy.
I had the opportunity for this shot while attending the Lone Star LeMans at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend. It was still morning when I came across this car in the paddock and the sun was lighting the front of the car nicely. However I wanted a nice shot of the tailpipes and engine inside the rear of the car, and ended up with an overexposed background that highlighted the car nicely.
This racing Lamborghini was part of the Super Trofeo North America one make race that was supporting the main WEC race. Every ticket to the event was a paddock pass as well, so I was able to get right up to the cars and enjoy everything about them. Attending a race, specifically one with an open paddock, makes for an incredible weekend and I encourage you to experience it for yourself if you can.
Sony A77, 35mm, f/13, 1/160 sec., ISO 2000 Edited very slightly via PhotoScape.
I was walking in nearby cemetery one night and saw this statue. I did some experiments with long exposures and decided to go straight overboard. Candles in the groung gave nice ethereal hazy light to the picture. I shot it with Fujifilm x100t, 23mm, f/2,8 and 58,0 sec.
This is the fountain on Market Street in downtown Maysville, KY. I shot this in manual mode on my Pentax K-5 IIs with a 35 mm Pentax-A lens.
I decided to try a longer exposure to get some blur in the water. The f-stop was set to to 8 and I gradually increased the shutter speed until parts of the statue and most of the background buildings were blown out. This was shot handheld, but I was lucky enough to avoid camera shake.
For editing, I dropped the blacks in Lightroom to increase contrast while boosting the shadows to maintain the high key look. Then, I converted to black and white and added a subtle split tone.
Finally got a DSLR and trying to figure out how to use it and what all these settings do. I remember seeing shooting challenges no Giz so I thought it would be a good way to learn about my camera and it’s settings. A new fence was recently put up and I was tooling around outside today and noticed how the light was coming through the planks, I thought it would make for a good shot for this challenge, I like how the planks seem to get lighter left to right and top to bottom, make it seem like there’s a mystery behind the fence. I set the camera on the ground with a small tripod and tried out several shots. I like this one best, details about the shot are below.
The image was captured with a Nokia 635, and the exposure was manually adjusted to get the overexposed effect. The only postprocessing was done to the required pixel dimensions.
I used the overexposed effect to blur the background, and to focus the image on the two geese. This was captured on a late summer day down at the North shore of Long Island, NY.
I get direct sunlight through my kitchen window during the early evening and wanted to capture the light string floating. With some heavy color correction in Lightroom, and a 180 rotation of the image I managed to get a “tree” on a “horizon”. Nikon D610, 50mm @ 1/160 @ f / 1.4, ISO 100
I liked how the reflections on the windows of the entryway exposed the scene OK while the strip club and everything else outside was blown out. I set a Canon G7 X to Manual mode 1/160sec, f/1.8, and ISO 125
Took a family walk down to the beach and loved the intense stare down I was getting from our dog. I made the horrific mistake of renting a Leica M and have since had it somehow attached to me and am seriously considering not returning it! Needless to say I had it with me when we went down for a quick fall walk to the beach and out of the whole family our dog was my most cooperative subject as long as I kept throwing the ball. I thought it would be a fun image for the challenge and just kept opening up the aperture and cranking up the ISO until I blew out most of the background with the harsh mid-day light actually helped for once. Leica M, 50 Summilux 1.4, 1/4000s, f1.4, ISO 1600, Converted to medium contrast B&W in Lightroom.
Flag flying over my neighbors house in a strong wind on a bright day. The flag is backward because that’s the way the wind is blowing and I only had one position to view it from. Nikon Coolpix P100 F 4.5, 1/1000 shutter speed.
We visited a local farm this weekend, and explored their corn maze. I think this photo captures the feeling of being lost in the tall corn in the blazing sun for just a bit too long. I also like the way the corn stalks are partially translucent when backlit. Canon G7X, f/4. 1/800 sec. exposure, ISO-250.
Lone Star Le Mans
I was in Austin, Texas over the weekend for the 2015 Lone Star Le Mans race, so I figured that this would be a good opportunity to show an example of intentionally over exposing a shot not for salvaging a shadowed area, but for producing motion blur in order to convey a sense of speed.
Since this shot was taken in full sunlight in the middle of the day, normal exposure would have required low ISOs and high shutter speeds in order to prevent blowing out highlights. The problem is this would effectively freeze the action resulting in a good
but static shot of a car in the middle of the road. Instead, I kept the ISO at 100, set the aperture to f/8 to give me a decently large depth of field to play with (since I was going to be manually tracking and focusing on a very rapidly moving car, but as you can see even then I just barely nailed focus on the center of the car) and dropped the shutter speed all the way down to 1/125 sec to ensure that, if I was able to accurately match the speed of the car with my lens, everything but it would be affected by a significant amount of motion blur giving me the desired sense of motion. Note, I could have set the shutter speed even lower to try and induce even more motion blur, but I’ve found that going much lower than 1/100 can result in unrecoverable highlights and increased difficulty in achieving focus on the moving object.
The raw file was of course a fairly over exposed shot, but all it takes to reach the final shot is a minute or so in your photo editing software of choice to bump down the exposure a few stops and setting your black/white levels to your preference. With a steady hand, some practice, and a bit of luck, shots like this aren’t really that hard to get.
Beautiful photos this week! Stay tuned tomorrow for a new challenge.