Is Fall Here Yet?…

It seems that fall has finally started in Durham, NC. Like I mentioned before, temperature has dropped a bit making people wear either sweaters or light jackets or sweatshirts, and gray clouds cover the sky the whole day. An image is worth a thousand words, as some might, so compare the photo of the rear view … Continue reading Is Fall Here Yet?…

Original vs. Edited: Exposure…

It’s time for an “original vs. edited” post!

Previously, I tried to define what exposure is in a very simple way: a photograph is underexposed when the amount of light and brightness is reduced so more shade and darkness are created, and the edited image looks more obscure than the original. In contrast, a photograph is overexposed when the amount of light and brightness is incremented so details that were originally hidden by shade are clearer and the edited version looks brighter than the original. Of course, this sounds very abstract if one lacks of a picture to compare these two concepts. That’s why, let’s see what happens when we underexpose and underexpose a picture I posted some days ago.

Some friends and I launched a Kickstarter campaign to make a short mystery movie in Wilmington, NC. The first day of filming the sky was very grey and it even rained heavily for a while, which made filming both challenging and exciting. We end up filming a distinguished beach house mystery (coming soon)! Among the pictures that I took to document our adventure, I particularly like this one because of the dynamics established by the interaction between the sky, the ocean, and the pier. Let’s see the original:

cielo 4 - copia(Wilmington, NC. May 2013)

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The “Grey-Day Light”…

These have been rainy days in North Carolina, especially due to the “visit” of tropical storm Andrea during the weekend. I had to dust my umbrella off and literally walked on the water on Friday and today. If one sees the positive side in terms of photography, the nice thing about torrential rain is the smooth light that accompanies it. This particular type of light (what we could call a “grey-day light”) allows you to creatively play with overexposure (when the major bright areas of an image are brighter than the original allowing the spectator to “see more”) and underexposure (when shadows tend to the black, covering up areas that were originally visible in certain degree in the original) to create desired effects by the photographer. Precisely because it’s all about the effect the photographer wants to produce, the “appropriate” exposure is up to her (although a great number of photographers generally prefer underexposure over overexposure).

This “grey-day light” gave me the opportunity to photograph Duke’s chapel today. So I will share two pics of it: one taken before getting on the bus bringing me back home and the other one taken on the bus.

lluvia 5 - copia(Before getting on the bus)

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