Hi folks! I’m kind of a new member, but not really. I joined in October, but haven’t interacted much with the site until very recently. Still learning. So this is my first discussion question/topic. I cut the cable cord a few years ago and watch a lot of YouTube. One of my favorite photographers is Adam Gibbs. I just love how he creates those backlit woodland scenes, well, any scene actually. I’m sure many of you are also admirers of his.
So the other day I went out to the Everglades NP (recently re-opened May 4th) and it was rainy and overcast. So I thought I’d try shooting some back lit trees. It was about 3-4 hours before sunset, but every shot I took I blew out the highlights. (FYI I shoot with a new-to-me used Nikon D4, but also have a D7100 APS-C.)
So… what to do? I thought of a few solutions.
- Expose for the highlights and recover the shadows in post (the quality of which would depend on the dynamic range of the camera’s sensor, correct?)
- Shoot multiple exposures (1 for highlights, 1 for shadows) and blend in either Lr as HDR or Ps? (which would make easily wind-blown leaves difficult to blend); or
- Leave the highlights blown out (I’m just stretching to include a # 3 here)
Or is it the position of the sun or light source that makes a difference? Should I have:
- waited until later when the sun is lower on the horizon?
- photograph something that has a darker background (such as a mountain or thicker group of trees etc.)?
I’d like to hear what everyone has to say about this topic. I know this isn’t easy or everyone would be doing it. Haha
Thanks for bearing with my long post! Looking forward to hearing everyone’s ideas!