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Something new for Crescent Moon Studio, this is the first of a series of “Photo Shoot” posts.
Here are 24 images of a recent shoot, including a variety of keepers and some raw images that might not make the cut.
When applicable, comments may be added to describe challenges to overcome, methodology, errors, and other details.
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The broad shot shows it was a cloudy day. In fact, it’s obviously snowing. White Balance settings are imperative for proper color resolution in digital photography, and this is one condition that can be challenging. I find the “Shade” preset to sometimes be more accurate than the “Cloudy” preset under such conditions. Exposure is the other element manipulated during the shoot. The bright colors of the trees have a high lux, and the sky, while overcast, still has a lot of UV light. A couple of experimental shots are in order. You see a couple shots here that are over-exposed. Not only is the over-exposure obvious on highlights, but this also tends to wash out contrast and color saturation. Some shots are “bracketed”, wherein we shoot one frame at the meter-suggested exposure, then a frame with a lower stop followed by a frame with a higher stop.
How to shoot all that time in snow without flecks on the lens or exposing the camera to the wet snow? Stay in the car.
The only challenge on this shoot was my dog, Sassy June. She wanted to get at the geese and tried desperately to squeeze her 47-pound self through a 4-inch opening in the window. She made a lot of noise, and in fact, probably cut the session a little short.