Pa’i ki’i Imagery

May 16, 2008

Vog is back

Filed under: Photography — paikiiimagery @ 8:40 pm
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We been living with Kona trades the past few days. Bringing vog back to our neighborhood. Fortunately it hasn’t been as bad as three weeks ago. It does make for sunrise photo ops. Like this view out my back door.

Sunrise Over Hawaii Kai

I’ve been playing with the different features of my Sony A700 to understand its capabilities. I used the D-Range Optimizer for this picture. It’s a feature designed to capture more detail in shadow and high contrast situations.

This is a versatile option. Not only is there a default setting. There’s an Advanced Auto and an Advanced:Level. The level allows you to adjust how strong to make it. Plus there’s a bracketing option. You take one picture and it creates three copies of varying optimization. And there’s no lag. Well there’s nothing more high contrast than a sunrise. Except a sunset.

But for sunrises all I have to do is set my tripod on the lanai and start shooting. I’ve used ND filters, bracketing and Photoshop to tease out decent pics. Of course the biggest problem is reducing/hiding the noise in the shadows without turning the detail into mush. So much for Photoshop (just kidding Adobe).

This is a versatile option. Not only is there a default setting. There’s an Advanced Auto and an Advanced:Level. The level allows you to adjust how strong to make it. Plus there’s a bracketing option. You take one picture and it creates three copies of varying optimization. And there’s no lag.
I can’t say I’ve noticed a big difference between Level 1 and 5. This shot was used with Level 4

Aloha!

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