Monday, September 13, 2010

Photo of the Day: "Horse, Eating"

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-135, 135mm, 1/125 sec., f5.6. ISO 200, matrix meter and program exposure mode in landscape scene mode with -1/3EV exposure compensation.

You may have noticed a pattern here. In photos taken in landscape scene mode, almost all of them have negative exposure compensation dialed in. Of the few that do not, most of them could have used it.

While it looks significantly different than the original, post processing is straightforward. Besides the cropping, I've added: vibrance, clarity, contrast, blacks and just a hair of exposure. I've also tweaked the white balance for just a little warmer than what came out of camera.

At full size you'll be able to see that this isn't as sharp an image as it could be. At 135mm, f5.6 is wide open on this lens, which just isn't going to cut it. I should have gotten closer, boosted ISO a stop or otherwise found a way to stop-down, probably to f8.

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