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| p.1 #5 · WWII Memorial, Savannah |
For me this shot look normal in the background but underexposed in the foreground, what happens outdoors when a scene exceeds the range of the sensor, which is nearly all the time outdoors.
Checking it with Levels I found the brightest highlights in the background 1/3 stop below clipping, which is perceptually correct when there aren't any specular reflections with no detail seen. But I had to push the highlight slider more than a stop before any foreground highlights clipped. That's understandable because the foreground is shaded, but in person seeing it my eye would adapt differently to foreground and background as I shifted between them and the impression my brain would give me would be something closer to this where foreground and background exposure are equal..
I did the edit by creating a dupe layer, then pushing the highlights to just below clipping in the foreground using Levels, then I moved the midt-one slider from 1.0 to 1.2 to lighten the midtones. Then using a mask applied the edit to the foreground leaving the background unchanged.