Travel Photography – More Rule Breaking

Want to know just how good your camera’s exposure meter really is?

I wanted another image of this room but this time facing directly at the window. Just like the last shot, I wanted a dreamy, high-key type of exposure with the light diffused by the window and shear drapes. I also wanted the rich texture of the wood floor and details of the hats and chest of drawers to be clearly defined. Talk about a high contrast scene.

One way of going about this shot would have been to bracket a few exposures and process the image using an HDR program like Photomatix. But I wanted to see if I could meter off the floor and not completely blow out the window’s highlights. I finished this off in Photoshop Elements using Nik’s “Glamor Glow” filter to add some warmth to this high-key image.

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Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 32mm, f/6.7 for 1/60th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional UDMA digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop Elements using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro filters. Click on the image above for a larger version.

7 thoughts on “Travel Photography – More Rule Breaking

  1. While I am considered a Photoshop expert and I too agree that while post processing is usually a good idea, I always strive for the best “In camera” shot” It always gives you more to work with when the shooting is done. Maybe that comes from Old School shooting, using expensive film, sometimes 6mm x 6mm and even 4″x5″. That ALWAYS makes you thing first. Even in this, “Throw away age” why not strive for the best shot first? It drives my wife crazy, no matter how well I shoot something, I always tweak it in PS post process.

  2. The pre versus post is a never-ending debate. One thing you can’t do in post is pre-visualize an image and compose it. However, from what I understand, nearly EVERY photographer completes the images in post – whether it’s dodging-and-burning using chemicals (Um, Mr. Ansel? Are you done in the darkroom yet?) or opening up whatever version of Photoshop or Lightroom or Aperture or whatever and completing the image there. Very rarely do our photos give us what we want or had in mind straight out of the camera (SOOC). Do you agree or disagree, Jeff?

    Very pretty image above. I like the way you saw it in your head first!

    • Mark,

      Out of the 15,000 images I’ve shot in the past year only two were good enough for me “in camera” and required no post other than a RAW to JPEG conversion in Lightroom. In every other case I adjusted something (cropping, white balance, exposure, contrast, tone curve, clarity, saturation, noise reduction, sharpening, etc.) before printing or converting to JPEG for the web. I consider post capture processing just like any other tool (lens, filter) used in photography.


  3. I believe this is called pre-visualization. Something I need to practice more of. Well, done.

    I read recently where it was wrong to thing about what you could do with a digital photo in post processing before taking the photo. I think that’s bogus. I’ve talken photos with the idea I would “fix” it later or add some effect (like you have done here) to say something I mind’s eye saw.

    • Hey Scott.

      I prefer to handle as much as possible “in camera” but there’s noting wrong with tweaking the image in “post”.


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