Old 02-01-2010, 02:12 AM   #1
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I took this photo on the WMSR charter today and was rejected for overexposure:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=429563561

On my monitor, the freight cars and the sunlight on the tunnel wall appear to be correctly exposed. Since this location is always backlit, on a sunny day thin wisps of steam are always going to be completely white unless you badly under expose everything else.

What should I have done differently?
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Old 02-01-2010, 02:18 AM   #2
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That's a very interesting shot. The part that looks over exposed to me is the ground beside the train more than anything. I'd also crop out some of the dark on top of the shot, just FYI. Good work though!
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You're going to have to have shot RAW to pull that ground out (and maybe push the dark shadows down).

That being said, it's very interesting... I have to imagine it was a very unpleasant experience for you however about ten seconds after you took it.
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I think you can save it if you shot RAW. Maybe try a little burning on the snow? Glad to see you braved it two days in a row, I went up top today and still got engulfed in smoke.
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Thanks guys. I did shoot raw so I went back and tried bringing the highlights down in Capture NX and then used the burn tool in CS4 but I got hit with overexposed again...

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=777089&key=0

Is there anything else I should try?
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I would use more shadows to bring out the detail in the snow and steam. Maybe something like this.

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Old 02-01-2010, 02:57 PM   #7
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Hi Michael,

This is an extremely challenging lighting situation. Assuming that the overexposure in the snow is not too too bad, I would do as some others have suggested. Bring the exposure down and and use highlights as required to recover the details in the snow. Use shadows/fill light (sparingly) to try to recover a bit of the darker details. I say sparingly because it would be really easy to go from an overexposed rejection to an overprocessed one. I think you can save it with some careful editing.

It's a neat shot and you probably paid for it by getting plastered with cinders and overcome with smoke inhalation. As a contact lens wearer, I probably would have been wearing goggles in there!
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:19 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. I'll give it a try.

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It's a neat shot and you probably paid for it by getting plastered with cinders and overcome with smoke inhalation.
Actually it wasn't that bad. This was a staged shot where the locomotive is moving very slowly, pulling against the brakes to make it work hard. They stopped when the cab got to the mouth of the tunnel and stayed there until the smoke filled the end of the tunnel so the shot would fade to black for the video guys. We were far enough back that almost all of the smoke went right over our heads.
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