« on: April 01, 2012, 11:15:10 PM »
@ michi. Yep, that egret flew into the shadows and I had to crank up the post processing to get at the image. Well, at least I understand what the banding was. Thanks for your experience.
@ PeterJ. I was concerned about the loss of stops with the filter and I think that indeed was part of the problem as michi observed. I really do love that filter though, the effects are awesome. Now I can see the price though.
How about that top shot of the hawk and crow? Any ideas on how to fix that other than buying a ladder?
You hear a lot of talk about DR, and a shot like the top one is a good example of why you want all the DR you can get. Being able to get detail in the dark areas without blowing out the sky is going to be nearly impossible. Expose manually or use EC to get the bird properly exposed and let the sky blow out.
Your camera is calculating exposure over the entire scene, and essentially exposing for the sky, when you want to see the bird properly exposed.
In post processing, you can create a mask and bring just the exposure of the sky down to help out a little, but trying to add light to only the bird is going to cause problems.