It's that time of the year in So. Cal. where we have the marine layer clouds that stick around practically all day. A nice whiteish grey.
Any suggestions on dealing with these conditions other than painting in the sky?
So far, I've just gone small and otherwise tried to avoid shots with the sky.
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I can only agree. That evenly white/grey and so very bright sky will ruin the exposure of any shot that features it directly. The reflected light is however very good for taking photos in.
Anyhow, I've been tinkering a little with 'composite hdr', i.e combining an overexposed, underexposed, and 'compromise' shot of the same scene to create something better, like thus: http://www.instructables.com/id/HDR-...with-the-GIMP/ with varying results. Might be worth a try?
Edit. Maybe it's more properly referred to as 'exposure blending'? (http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/Blending_Exposures/)
Last edited by Bup; 06-11-2009 at 08:12 AM.
zoom in to the sky, try to fill as much of the frame with it as possible and do an AEL lock on it.
then recompose the shot.
Typically enough the sun is actually out now, but won't that produce well-exposed clouds and dark things beneath?
yes that is the downside. however i would recommend shooting RAW and using fill light later to bring out the details in the shadow.
Originally Posted by Bup
you can also use some fill flash.
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I don't know ... I was able to pull the clouds up a bit ...
Must be the filter I used, eh?
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what kind of filter did you use to bring out the almost no nonexistent clouds?
i could only pull out a little from the sides!
jebus i though you miraculously pulled out something that wasn't there with a filter!
Incorporated into his picture it looks like something's on fire though.
Still, certainly more dramatic than the overcast day nothingness.