Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Flight Risk

All you have to do is look.

After you shoot for a while light can quickly become an obsession.  The completely mundane can look amazing when the light is just so.  Sitting on the plane this morning yielded one such opportunity.

We had unfortunately been called back to the gate for a reported "security issue" in the airport.  As we sat and waited I looked over at my neighbor and then scrambled for my iPhone.  Trying to be as discrete as possible I grabbed this, then processed on my phone using Snapseed.

Backlight guarantees drama, but you need to use care.  Left on its own the iPhone, and most cameras for that matter, can attempt to overexpose this image and render those blacks as gray.  We don't want that.  The contrast is the drama.  Expose for the highlight, let the rest fall to shadow.  For an iPhone that means locking the exposure by pressing and holding on the desired part of the image (in this case the window).  

In an age where HDR (high dynamic range) photography is so popular in an effort to extract every bit of detail from the shadows the drama in this type of image is completely gone.  Then it's just some guy working his smartphone.

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