A&P Blown whites....and a D50.

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Mighty_Zeus, May 19, 2007.

  1. Mighty_Zeus

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    Have tried adjusting multiple settings (f/wb/speed/iso) but I have not seen any real satisfactory results.

    I am using a D50 and Nikkor AF 70-300 G when it is most noteable.

    It's really pissing me off. The Water Fowl are coming into Alaska right now so I am shooting birds like a mofo ~ but a great majority of them are blown and there is little I can do in PP to fix it.

    How do I avoid it from the get go? Get a filter on the lens maybe? If so, what kind?

    I'll try to suppliment this post with a pic as an example when I get home.
     
  2. Jonny Chimpo

    Jonny Chimpo OT Supporter

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    example pictures would really be helpful.
     
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    make sure your camera is using matrix metering, not center weighted or spot. that might make a difference.

    if it's a bright overcast day and you're shooting birds in the sky there might not be a whole lot you can do about it.
     
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    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d50/d50-settings.htm
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d50/d50-settings-menus-shooting.htm
     
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    ERock My Face Is Kittah OT Supporter

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    I noticed a difference on my D50 when I tried these settings.
     
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    If you're shooting raw, none of those settings effect the image. You adjust it all on your own in ACR/lightroom/whatever...


    rockwells settings will only matter if you're shooting jpg.

    However, your white balance shouldn't have anything at all to do with you blowing out the highlights.

    Without seeing a sample image, I'd say you're overexposing the birds. I mean there's really no other way to get blown highlights, other than to blow the highlights... which is overexposing...
     
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    check your metering mode? set compensation to -1? dont shoot in the middle of the day?
     
  9. Mighty_Zeus

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    Sorry so late getting back. Had a busy weekend (fiance's bday).
    Any way. Here are a couple examples. Have tried turning down the exposure ~ all that does is underexpose the rest. The whites are just too brilliant. I really hope that there is a way to fix this.

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    I have done my best to post-process. Even in doing so there is too much contrast, the whites are too white.

    I Shoot RAW+JPEG. The pics I have posted here are the JPEGs from the shoot, no manipulation besides what the camera does when it makes the jpeg.

    I'll give you suggestions a try and see what comes of it.

    Thanks
     
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    Try Spot metering.... the dark backgrounds are allowing the camera to blow out the whites of your subject in 3D Matrix metering... I assume thats what you are using. I cant check exif info at work..

    That type of picture in general is going to be hard to get perfect... 95% of teh picture is dark and the rest is perfect bright white.
     
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    on my D80, it's BETTER to use spot than matrix for metering, especially when you are outdoors (dark bottom half, clear top half). If I use matrix, I end up playing with exposure compensation all the time, and found out spot was giving me better results outdoors
     
  12. Mighty_Zeus

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    Awesome. Will give that a shot and see how it helps :) Thanks.
     
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    I second setting compensation to -1
     
  14. xpinchx

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    Like others have said it looks like a metering issue. Try using spot metering and adjusting the compensation as needed. That should work out for ya.
     

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