« on: September 24, 2014, 02:12:41 AM »
EDIT: I "mislabeled" the "Nikon" file, it is a single shot from a 2007 1Ds MkIII processed very simply in LR.
To reiterate, both images are from a single Canon file, the "good" one used a basic ETTR technique and very simple LR processing, the "bad" file was slightly underexposed and done as part of a bracketing sequence and also had simple LR processing.
Ok, interesting situation here. I recently had a friend stay and he had a D800 and 24-70, he tagged along on a commercial shoot of mine and I had a chance to shoot comparative images, I'll post the RAW files in a few days when I get back to internet that runs more than a few kb!
Anyway, as some of you know I have been a fairly strong advocate of the "well more DR would be nice but I really can get along fine with what I have at the moment" school of thought. I have never denied the Exmor advantage, I just felt it was portrayed as way more important than I felt it was, I also pointed out that I, personally, shoot very high DR scenes regularly and even the mighty Exmor wouldn't help in those situations.
So, time to eat crow. Here are two images (that unfortunately bare a strikingly similar scenario to long departed dear Mikael's comparison images) that I ETTR'd to get optimal exposure, that is I didn't blow the highlights completely on either image:
First two are unprocessed full image.
Second two processed full image.
Third two 100% crop of unprocessed image.
Fourth two 100% crop of processed full image (with no NR applied).
Now we can argue the rights and wrongs of exposure, the amount of light (or lift) I want under the shades, that I could have bracketed, that "they don't look properly exposed to me" (I heavily bracketed and chose the best exposure for highlights) etc etc, but there can be no denying there is a stunning amount of detail under the shade, and that is real detail in the stucco, not some made up noise giving the impression of detail. Now of course I could apply a big gob of NR, but there isn't going to be any detail there however powerful the program.
What can I say...........