Another Picture Within the Picture Quiz. An Exposure Question. And a Great New Workflow Tip « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Another Picture Within the Picture Quiz. An Exposure Question. And a Great New Workflow Tip

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4chicksPhotMech

This image was created on April 26 on the 2018 Gatorland IPT with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 450mm) and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. ISO 1250. Matrix metering +1/3 stop: 1/640 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. AUTO0 WB at 10:01am in the shade on a clear day.

Center d-9/Shutter Button/Continuous (AI Servo in Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected Af point was on the left side of the top of the head of the chick in the dead center.

This is the unadulterated RAW capture …

Picture Within the Picture

Before you scroll down, click on the Photo Mechanic screen capture above to enlarge it and see if you can come up with a crop that will yield a halfway decent image within the underexposed much-too-dark original.

Exposure Question

In view of the fact that the histogram is not too, too bad — there is some data in the right-most (fifth) box — why are the chicks so badly underexposed?

Snowy-Egret-four-chicks-in-nest-_DSC0525-Gatorland,-Kissimmee,-FL

This image was created on April 26 on the 2018 Gatorland IPT with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 450mm) and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. ISO 1250. Matrix metering +1/3 stop: 1/640 sec. at f/6.3 in Manual mode. AUTO0 WB at 10:01am in the shade on a clear day.

Center d-9/Shutter Button/Continuous (AI Servo in Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected Af point was on the left side of the top of the head of the chick in the middle.

Snowy Egret chicks in nest: Only Four!

Yes, Digital is Amazing

By comparing the original with the optimized version immediately above, it is easy to see that digital capture is indeed amazing.

A Great New Workflow Tip

I have been using ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) to convert all of my Nikon RAW (NEF) files since day one. ACR is the conversion engine in Photoshop and is very similar to the exposure engine in Lightroom. With properly exposed images I always start by setting the white point using the WHITE slider and then setting the black point using the BLACK slider. Tim Grey Dodge and Burn was used to selectively lighten the visible irises and darken the pupils. As there was a decent amount of luminance noise in the master TIFF file I applied a layer of Neat Image to the entire image with the Y slider set to 75. Smooth as a baby’s tush.

The New Revelation (for me!)

Over the past few weeks I began to realize that when you are working with underexposed RAW files that it is best to first lighten the image by moving the Exposure slider to the right and then adjusting the white (and black points). It’s that simple.

D850 Image Quality

Today’s optimized image shows again how well D850 RAW files can hold up to both cropping and underexposure.

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4 comments to Another Picture Within the Picture Quiz. An Exposure Question. And a Great New Workflow Tip

  • avatar Steve Wampler

    In regards to the exposure question, the bright white on the upper right side of the image is what you’re seeing on the histogram. The chicks appear to be shaded. On the corrected image; however, it looks like the parent bird is overexposed with some loss of detail on the right side. Couldn’t you bring that back with localized adjustment, considering how dark the original is?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Good job Steve. You are correct on all counts. There are a few spots on the adult’s plumage that come in at 255, 255, 255. I could have done better there by moving the Highlight slider more to the left.

      with love, artie

  • avatar George Cottay

    Thanks for the outstanding Mother’s Day shot.

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