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May 27, 2011


Two ideas: (1) you used D-Lighting on the D7000,or (2) you double-processed the image in PShop, once for the shadows, once for the highlights.

My bet's on #1


That is an impressive capture of dynamic range. Did you use a graduated ND filter to darken the bottom?

That's right, you're using a D7000. I amend my guess and agree with Dave's #1 guess above. You used Active D-Lighting for the shot.

You shot it on film.

Film review, huh? A little googling shows Kodak bragging about the DR of one of their movie films (5219), but I can't find any indication it will be in pro camera shops any time soon. Guess I'll have to wait until next week.

Also: "the time is neigh"? What, did you spend the weekend riding horses or something?

I think maybe you are being a bit mischievous with your photo description here. I think you have used a very simple "technique" to capture this image, but one that is perhaps now considered a bit outdated by many.

Portra 160 (film) shows up when hovering over the image. Is film a secret these days?
I enjoy your blog.

I think you may have bracketed .. three images possibly.

; )
What, Nikon released a new camera ?! It's rather bulky, heavy (3 kg !) and looks like a brick. Still to avoid leaking this highly secretive coolscan V from Nikon, you could have removed the EXIF.
Though I'm still wondering what this new Portra 160 sensor is. Is it 60 Mp ? It must be full frame then.
: ) Enjoy your holidays.

I am thinking Gordon may have modified the EXIF to read like Portra just to throw you guys off.

Those of you who guessed that I shot it on film are correct. That's not to say that all films would be equally adept at capturing such a wide brightness range. Negative films in general and moderate-contrast color negative films in particular are the ideal choice. It also helps that the diner was seated next to the window and that the waiter was wearing a reflective white shirt and apron.

Call me a modernist, but I think you could have pulled this off with the K-5 and some shadow recovery (in RAW, of course).

Did the film require much photoshoping? ;-)


Of course I could have pulled it off with the K-5--or any other DSLR made within the last few years. The point is that I could achieve the same result in one shot using a top-quality yet low-priced camera and without even touching a computer (except to scan the negs, which the lab had already done for me anyway). Annoying, isn't it? Heh, heh...

Annoying, isn't it? Heh, heh...

Yes! :-p

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