I shot a tree that was behind the sun, but the trunk appears to be near as dammit black, which want how it appeared to my naked eye.
How do I get the light back on the trunk next time? Please help, this is pissing me off!
I shot using my d700/14-24 at 14 mm, f2.8, the iso was set to auto
I tried to attach the image but couldnt
#1. "RE: Where am I going wrong?!" | In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians!
First: Take a deep breath and relax!!!
Did you mean that the tree was in front of the sun or in other words, the tree was between you and the sun?
If so, the tree would likely be a siloette or a "black" shape as you discribe.
It sounds like you were using the Matrix meter.
If the surrounding scene is brighter or darker than your subject the matrix meter can under expose or over expose the image.
If the tree fills the circle in the center of the viewfinder you could try using center weighted metering. If not use Spot metering with the active AF point somewhere over the tree trunk.
You could also dial in some negitive exposure compensation in any metering mode.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#2. "RE: Where am I going wrong?!" | In response to Reply # 0
without an image it is hardly to help you.
Here are the instruction how you can upload/show an image:
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#3. "RE: Where am I going wrong?!" | In response to Reply # 0
>...How do I get the light back on the trunk next time?...
Spot meter off the tree. But if you're shooting a scene with very high dynamic range, this may overexpose what's behind the tree. You might also try D-lighting.
#4. "RE: Where am I going wrong?!" | In response to Reply # 3
> You might also try D-lighting
Good thought, although d-lighting is only going to buy about a stop. If we're talking about a tree backlit by the sun, we're probably talking about six to ten stops of difference.
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#5. "RE: Where am I going wrong?!" | In response to Reply # 0
Unfortunately, even the best cameras today are not as good as the eye. But there are technics available to get a good image from your backlit tree - such as 'HDR'.
Hang in there and after learning HDR, you will be happy with capturing this difficult type of picture.
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