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Challenge: Backlighting (Basic Editing I)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Washington DC
Date: Sep 4, 2004
Galleries: Architecture
Date Uploaded: Sep 7, 2004

Taken at the corner of Pennsylvania avd 16th in Washington DC. Levels and curves. Das it!

The sun was breaking through the clouds. This was a very challenging shot from an exposure standpoint since I wanted the backlight effect without a true sillouette.

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10/25/2004 09:02:16 PM
Hey...
I think that this shot suffered from too little detail due to underexposure in the building. I felt that the building was the focal point of the shot, not the sky. To even out exposure slightly, a graduation ND filter might have been of use. Alternatively, you could use a fill flash through your camera or in PS. The digital camera can only see such a range of light that exposures that are many stops different within a photograph are hard to meter.

I also feel that the branches are unneeded.

But...I do think that the sky is beautiful...perhaps a closer crop with a little bit of what i suggested before would help. I hope you dont mind but i did a little bit of editing that might help.

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09/13/2004 05:40:01 PM
I think it would be more interesting if I could see more details of the building. It's rather frustrating like this.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/11/2004 06:52:21 PM
Maybe it's my monitor but I see no detail in the foreground subject. It's just silhouette. Doesn't meet challenge.
09/10/2004 10:29:05 PM
Building came out as a silhouette. Nice shot.
09/10/2004 03:06:47 PM
I'm glad the title tells me what this is because it's so dark, I had to set my monitor to max brightness to see it. The clouds are beautiful, but the backlighting doesn't really enhance the subject (the building, according to the title).
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09/08/2004 12:25:51 AM
I like the cloud effect. I think a flash that would illuminate the church would make this picture more effective(without disturbing the cloud effect). Also, next time crop out the branches, they're kind of distracting. Good luck though, fits challenge!
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09/08/2004 12:23:14 AM
the subject must not become a silhouette because of the backlighting.


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