10mm, f/8, ISO 100, 11 Exposures
Here’s another installment from my Kerlin Farm series. I wasn’t sure how many shots I was going to pull out of this home, first built in the 17th Century. This shot makes 4 and tomorrow will be 5. I may have another, who knows…
Anyway, I made sure to grab 11 brackets, well actually 12 but I have yet to need 12. The reason for 12 is because of my “9 Exposures using a 3 Auto Exposure Bracketing System“. If you start your brackets at -3EV and fire 3 brackets using AEB you’ll get -3,-4,-2 in that order. -3EV is 6 clicks underexposed if your camera is set to 1/2 stop increments. So starting your camera to -6EV which is 12 clicks underexposed you’ll get all the details in the highlights grabbing -6,-5,-7. I will usually discard -7. The pattern continues all the way up to 0EV grabbing 0,-1,+1. Then to 3EV grabbing +3,+2,+4. You could continue with +6 if you needed, discarding the top end. It depends what you need within your scene.
I hope I didn’t confuse anyone. I think at first it can be a lot of information but one you understand it grabbing those 1EV brackets will be a snap! Check out my link above for more info.
Creating this image with 11 brackets, which were dominant in the low end was quite pleasing. Brackets -5 and -6 were the lowest with +4 at the top end. This allowed my normal 9 exposure to have 2 extra stops of contrast in the low end with extra detail in the highlights.
I masked in the -6 bracket at 30% around the windows and I like the way it turned out.
I ran this shot thru PhotoTune and the more I use it the more I love it for my workflow. The dynamic range enhancer at low setting provides a nice boost and more times than none the auto color cast removal is awesome. The details enhancer, again at low settings is very natural. I’m a huge fan of PhotoTune by onOne Software!