Dy­namic range

NPhoto - - Road Trip -

Sunny days are lovely to walk around in, but ter­ri­ble for wa­ter­fall pho­to­graphs. Bright, over­head, mid­day sun is the worst time to shoot a wa­ter­fall, as you can see in the im­age be­low. The dy­namic range be­tween the bright­est high­lights and deep­est shad­ows is so vast that it’s im­pos­si­ble to re­tain all the de­tail, even if you blur the wa­ter. Over­cast con­di­tions (and hence a much smaller dy­namic range) make for a much clearer wa­ter­fall shot. You can see the pat­terns in the wa­ter as it rushes over rocks, and the rocks them­selves are more pleas­ing to look at, be­cause while their tex­ture re­mains, their harsh­ness is al­le­vi­ated by the softer wa­ter.

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