You and Whose Army?
Yesterdays image is from the Terracotta Warrior Lanterns that have been on show at the Edinburgh University. Definitely a challenging shot to capture. Lighting was definitely a problem. Normally the problem I have with lighting, is a dark subject, and a light background – last night however, I was struggling with the complete opposite. I could either maintain the detail in the background, but really (REALLY) over-expose the Warriors, or maintain a decent exposure on the Warriors, but the background would be completely black – which wasn’t what I wanted. In the end I got around the problem by taking three shots (on my tripod to ensure stability). One at “normal” exposure, a shot a 1-stop under-exposed, and a shot a 1-stop over exposed. (it also tried 1.5 and 2 stops, but they were too over/under-exposed). Then, this morning I plugged all three images into Photoshop and used the HDR Merge Pro utility to create the above image. I chose this composition out of the four that I’d merged in Photoshop as it really does show off the variety of colours that were on show. I’m kinda happy with how it looks – they’re certainly better than anything I took with my camera, but I found it frustrating not being able to get the image with a single shot. I’m pretty sure I could do better. I don’t know if its even possible – but if anyone reading this has any suggestions I’d love any advice! The shot settings I used for the 3 images are:
Image1 – “standard” exposure : f/5, 1/40sec, ISO-1600
Image2 – “under” exposure : f/5, 1/125sec, ISO-1600
Image3 – “over” exposure : f/5, 1/13sec, ISO-1600
Also before I finish today, just want to say a big thank you to my wife, who, despite being freezing cold, didn’t pester me into hurrying or finishing quicker – and often had more patience than I did! So thank you!
I’m hoping for an easier shot today as the light conditions seem a bit more favourable!
Thanks for reading all.