View Full Version : I've gleaned a better understanding of exposure.

ngai draws
05-29-2005, 03:51 AM
Tell me what you think of these photographs, if you wish.



C&C is welcome!

[Edited on 5-29-2005 by ngai draws]

05-29-2005, 06:04 AM
Fairly different subject matter & composition but I really like both of the pics, good shots.

05-29-2005, 02:10 PM
The top is overexposed especially in the hand and the handkerchief. The greyscale is plugged in the hood area but all in all I think with the direct lighting you were shooting the subject in the balance is about as good as it gets. Did you do any post processing or was that right out of the cam?

The bottom shot looks underexposed as there seems to be to many dark areas especially in the lower corners and I am wondering about the white balance and if you were shooting in incandescent light where the temperature of the light is high then that may explain the yellow tonal qualities of the image.

Both are interesting choices with a message maybe?

ngai draws
05-29-2005, 06:24 PM
Thanks both.

The first was taken whilst on a stroll around town; I saw pool cleaners cleaning a public pool and - you guessed it - it was close to noon. Direct, bright light indeed. I tried to make the best of it, and I burned a bit of the hand to attempt to quell the overexposure. Other than that, I filtered some film grain into it to give it the look of good old 35mm.

The latter is one of many shots; I felt the brighter ones were not adequate enough to produce the desired mood. I was shooting in incandescent light and set the WB to both incandescent and florouscent for differing color tones. In the end, however, I was pleased with the WB of incandescent, and that's what you up there.

Thanks much!

EDIT: I played around with color balance in PS.


Which do you prefer? This one looks more like it's real-life counter part, but the previous one has an almost strange, if not surreal, quality.

[Edited on 5-29-2005 by ngai draws]