Exposing to the Right: what would you do with this perfectly exposed but very boring RAW file? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Exposing to the Right: what would you do with this perfectly exposed but very boring RAW file?

What’s Up?

I started this blog post on the way back to the IPT hotel after an amazing sunset on Steptoe Butte, a sunset that seemingly materialized out of thin air.

What’s Up II

I finished this blog post on Tuesday afternoon. Today, on our last IPT morning, we had an amazing session at a restored gas station. During our image review session each participant shared 10 of their favorite images from the trip. Both leaders were blown away. The skill and creativity shown by all was quite amazing.


The Streak

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This image was created on the morning of Day 3 on the first Palouse IPT with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens (at 110mm) and the mega mega-pixel Canon EOS 5DS R. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2 stops: 1/8 sec. at f/8. WB = K8000.

Center AF point/AI Servo Expand/Rear Focus AF one-fourth of the way into the frame and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Image #1: The RAW file for today’s featured image

Exposing to the Right

Many in this group and many in most groups express utter consternation when told that images made in low light should look washed out and boring on the back of the camera to maximize file size and reduce noise. We spent lots of time on this workshop showing them how to process their properly exposed image files. Before you scroll down, consider this question: what would you do with this perfectly exposed but very boring RAW file?


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This image was created on the morning of Day 3 on the first Palouse IPT with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens (at 110mm) and the mega mega-pixel Canon EOS 5DS R. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2 stops: 1/8 sec. at f/8. WB = K8000.

Center AF point/AI Servo Expand/Rear Focus AF one-fourth of the way into the frame and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Image #2: Rolling farmlands with pink skies

The Image Processing

The image Processing for today’s RAW file was relatively straightforward. The RAW conversion was done in DPP 4 where in addition to my standard settings I upped the saturation and adjusted the color towards pink and magenta by pulling the dot down in the Fine Tune color box. In Photoshop a simple Levels adjustment on a layer and some color work, mostly with the Vibrance slider, did the trick. Then the pano crop. Though the results are dramatic the post-processing was simple. All–as usual–as detailed in Digital Basics.

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8 comments to Exposing to the Right: what would you do with this perfectly exposed but very boring RAW file?

  • avatar Kerry Morris

    I like photo #1 in general. I don’t like #2 too saturated for my taste. the green looks fake to me.
    so, what to do with the photo?
    take some of the pink sky from #2 and add to #1, to see how it looks.
    The dehire filter that Nick is mentioning sounds promising. Dehaze + some pink sky.

    Otherwise….delete?

  • Great dramatic look Artie. Have you tried the Adobe Raw dehaze filter? It works great on this image.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks. Have not. I need to update ACR to support 5DS R and 1D X images. For nearly all of my images, I do my RAW conversions in DPP 4. a

      • I also do all my RAW conversions in DPP4 as per yours and Arash’s guide. You can use the dehaze filter once the file is converted. In Photoshop go to Filter – Camera Raw Filter, this will open the Camera Raw interface, then click on Effects (fx), the dehaze effect is the top slider.