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Rake Up Your Room

Kerlin Farm Cheltenham, PA

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!:)

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February 17, 2011 - 8:58 am

Jerry Denham - Scott this is great! Love the angle!

February 17, 2011 - 9:20 am

Jesse Pafundi - Absolutely love this shot Scott. The distortion is great and processing clean. Worth the 11 brackets

February 17, 2011 - 1:05 pm

Steve Beal - Really cool shot! Whenever I’m shooting indoors and have a window in the scene I set my mid-point exposure inside and then shoot another set of brackets for the window. I usually end up with 12 in total.

February 17, 2011 - 1:50 pm

Chris Kenison - Like Jesse said, the processing is very clean on this. Great job, Scott! Love it!

February 17, 2011 - 5:03 pm

Kim L - Love the shot, great textures. Thanks for the info on grabbing 9 Exposures with the 3 auto bracketing system. This will help me a lot. I have only done a few HDR images so far using 3 exposures. Cheers!

February 17, 2011 - 9:58 pm

David LaSpina - Nice shot, Scott. I love the distortion!

February 17, 2011 - 10:57 pm

Scott Frederick - Thanks for all the great comments on this shot. :)

February 18, 2011 - 4:03 am

Dave - Great perspective on this with the addition of the rake being the cherry on top.
Nice to read your method for taking the shot. always nice to see how others work.

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