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Forum: Photographic Technique 01-01-2017, 03:20 PM  
Realistic low light shots?...
Posted By wildman
Replies: 14
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first of all let me apologize for being late with this - I was unexpectedly called away from home.

I have spent a lifetime in woods, forest and rain forests. I still have a vivid memory of being deep in a rain forest in Sumatra. I was resting along a villager's path when I spotted a tiger further down the path. He was was off the path, deep in the dark understory but I could clearly see those stunning eyes looking at me. Anyway what made it so was what I could not see clearly. In this case what was implied by the "poor" lighting was more "real" than what is explicit and obvious. I think the word for this is mystery and an experience of mystery can be very powerful. Trying to capture a bit of that kind of mystery with a camera is what this post is all about.

Anyway here's some very low light early morning shots to chew on:
1. hgram to the left no PP.
2. hgram to the right no PP.
3. hgram to the right with a simple exposure correction and nothing else.
4. hgram to the right with a complete freehand correction to the best of my memory and what I think is more or less accurate.
5. I throw this in because I think some might be confusing Low Key with a "low light" shot.
6. A frame capture from the film Ida (2013) Cinematography by Ryszard Lenczewski
7. Need I say more?

So far as I'm concerned when we get into this sort of stuff there is no right or wrong only opinion and anyone's opinion I value so don't hesitate to fire away.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-31-2016, 10:23 AM  
Realistic low light shots?...
Posted By wildman
Replies: 14
Views: 1,416
Thanks for all the thoughtful response. Having said that I think all you folks deserve some better, more controlled shots and PP to chew on later this afternoon so we can get deeper into the weeds.

Tentatively I think it's interesting how some seem to see the issue as essentially technical and some as more a matter of aesthetics - interesting. This dichotomy has been a part of photography from it's beginning more than 170 years ago - technique and/or the limits of human perception?

Anyway hope to get back with more examples late this afternoon.

Forum: Photographic Technique 12-31-2016, 06:55 AM  
Realistic low light shots?...
Posted By wildman
Replies: 14
Views: 1,416
Since getting into digital I have often wondered about this...

...Realistic low light shots. By "realistic" I mean where the final file preserves the low luminosity as actually seen by the naked eye. See pic.

Two ways to do this:

1. Push the Ev to the left until the scene looks more or less like the naked eye sees it and don't mess with brightness in PP
2 Push the Ev to the right for a proper ETTR exposure and then bring overall brightness (luminosity) down to realistic levels in PP.

This pic was taken taken at f/1.4 using the first method. Just a crude snapshot with no PP whatsoever.
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