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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Small cabin in winter darkness


Was walking through one of the older neighborhoods the other evening, and noticed this old house with light coming out of the window. The scene was very dark and cold, and it intrigued me to the point that I thought I'd try to capture it with my cell phone camera. Had to underexpose somewhat to manage a handheld shot, and I did some P/P in Lightroom.

There is apparent banding/read noise from the sensor, but I didn't have my DSLR with me, so this will have to do. Would be happy to hear your comments and some tips on how to capture the mood of such scenes better.








Jan 18, 2012 at 02:10 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Small cabin in winter darkness


Just too dark and underexposed for my liking. The power lines take away any retro feel to the image.


Jan 18, 2012 at 02:24 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Small cabin in winter darkness


Thanks for the comment. Here's another version with the exposure brought up some three stops. Had to add some grain to try and mask the banding, though. I actually prefer the darker shot myself, as well as the snowy power lines.

Anyway, I might try a similar shot where the only light available is coming from the cabin window.








Jan 18, 2012 at 02:38 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Small cabin in winter darkness


Jaakko:
I prefer the first. It looks retro to me what processing did you do to that? The second is just too much grain for me.
Douglas



Jan 18, 2012 at 03:40 PM
 

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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Small cabin in winter darkness


Thanks, Douglas.

I converted to B/W, adjusted the exposure, colour levels and added some vignetting and graduated filters.

I enjoy the mood of scenes like this, but I feel there's still a long way to go before I've learned/stumbled upon the right shooting and processing methods to produce a good photo out of them.

Jaakko

Here is the original, unprocessed photo:









Jan 18, 2012 at 07:14 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Small cabin in winter darkness


Knowing your motivation, I wonder how an HDR shot would work on this. I've seen it work pretty nicely for showing off light when it's dark outside.

-Tim



Jan 19, 2012 at 05:20 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Small cabin in winter darkness


That's a good idea, Tim. Will try it out!

Jaakko



Jan 19, 2012 at 08:27 PM





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