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Discussion in 'Herman's Genres' started by stillshunter, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
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    I can't deny that like most others dynamic range is important to me. But, and maybe it's just the way my brain is wired, I sometimes gain sheer enjoyment out of intentionally blowing highlights - and over-stretching the limit of my digital technology. Here's one I burned on the sensor today....be really keen to know of others who share in this deviant streak, and be keen to see examples of your indulgences.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/46650120@N04/6245707245/" title="Sown, grown and blown by stillshunter, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="534" alt="Sown, grown and blown"></a>
     
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  2. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

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    Agreed, Mark. Freedom of artistic expression lives on! I love that image for its intensity, drama and sheer power - plus, I think you've translated what you saw beautifully.

    Here is an example of my own "blown highlights"...using the Fuji X100 on the streets of Stockbridge, Massachusetts not too long ago.


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/otra/6163899289/" title="9-11-68-Edit-Edit.jpg by BBW: BB Wylie Walden, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="680" alt="9-11-68-Edit-Edit.jpg"></a>
     
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  3. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
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    My head tells me this doesn't work but I like it anyway.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/briar34/6246571356/" title="untitled by Briar34, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="684" alt="untitled"></a>

    Sony NEX5 and 16mm
     
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  4. pdh

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  5. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/briar34/6217845884/" title="Edinburgh Fringe 2011 by Briar34, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="768" alt="Edinburgh Fringe 2011"></a>

    E-P2 and Oly 14-150mm
    Blown out with Noir on the iPad 2
     
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  6. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    What I learned over on DPR that these are all junk because the highlights are blow. Yet somehow, I like them! [/sarcasm]

    Here's one I've posted before. I'm sure I have LOTS more.

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  7. greyelm

    greyelm SC Top Veteran

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    Thank goodness for post processing:smile:

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  8. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I'm amazed you keep taking photographs now that you've had judgment passed down from on high ...
     
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  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 7, 2010
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    :rofl:


    Seriously, I can't tell you how many times I had a picture that I liked, granted I was brand new to digital photography, only to have someone tell me my highlights were blown... I can remember a specific picture. I still like it the way I did it back then, however at the time I did not have the courage of my convictions. Heck, I'd probably redo it in an even more contrasty way today. I know better now to stick to what I feel works best from my own point of view...damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead and all that.:wink:

    Great thread, Mark! I'm so pleased to see everyone's pictures - and Karen,
    - never ever listen to that head of yours!:biggrin:
     
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  10. kathyh

    kathyh SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54936360@N04/6246627457/" title="view from Sacre Coeur by kh1942, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1000" height="669" alt="view from Sacre Coeur"></a>

    The view from Sacre Coeur in Monmartre. I blew the background on purpose because the view was crap because of the haze but I liked the feeling of being on top of the world.

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  11. PeterB666

    PeterB666 SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

    Shooting into the sun - playing with a HiTech Pro 10-stopper with Nikon D90 and Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5

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    Tide Measuring Station at Camp Cove nht10s by peterb666, on Flickr

    Even with the much greater dynamic range of the Nikon and using HDR there is no way that this was going to result in anything other than a bit of blown hightlights.

    I have posted others in this series taken with the Nikon and my Olympus E-P3 in the Show Clouds Sunrise/Sunset thread.
     
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  12. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

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    What a refreshing sight to wake to in the morning. There was not a shot amongst them that didn't speak to me in some way...It's reassuring to see others who not only like to defy the dictum "Obey thy histrogram" but intentionally see pictures beyond the 0 to 255 scale. Also noticed that I, and a few others, blocked their shadows too! Tsk, Tsk! :bravo-009:

    Please keep them coming....and viva liberty!
     
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  13. akulya

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  14. AzPete

    AzPete SC Veteran

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    Took the words right out of my mouth, well said. Being a baby boomer myself I still have abit (okay alot) of the 60's still in me. Sort of a non conformist type person, hating rules and going my own way, and especially not caring to
    listen to people who are great judge of a photos. It is what it is! You are what you are!

    My early photo website xp was all about judging and cirtique. Luckily there are a very few sites like SC where on can come and explore his
    craft with freedom to do as he or she sees fit. And we seem to do a pretty good job of being patience, helpful and all that good stuff. Thats the one major reason Im here. That and BB asked me over...haha... cheers all. Pete

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  15. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Bravo. Great shot and great mood.
     
  16. Gubrz

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  17. jhowell39

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  18. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

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    jhowl, thats too cool! it reminds me of that old cartoon movie, about this lil girl named dot who gets shrunk in australia
     
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  19. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Nov 15, 2011
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    I agree, there's 'technically "correct" exposures'...
    And then there's 'whatever you "like" the image to look like' :)

    Looking through my photos it looks like I'm usually a bit contrastier in B&W than with color... But found some color ones too:

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    morning dew by tilman paulin, on Flickr

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    bluebells by tilman paulin, on Flickr
     
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  20. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Great thread with wonderful examples!

    Here's my contribution, from a recent picnic, shooting into the sun:

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    NEX3 + MINOLTA 45mm f2.0


    And an oldie with my phone:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/maxjaguar/6060731318/" title="2011 08 19 - 183354 by Milan Jovanovic /pictogramax, on Flickr">[​IMG]"600" height="600" alt="2011 08 19 - 183354"></a>
     
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