Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/09/20

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Subject: [Leica] Re: the dynamic range of digital
From: bd at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Wed Sep 20 07:23:10 2006

George, it's impossible to disagree with your opening line - obviously,
whatever methods Doug's using he's getting great stuff. The question is -
could it be even better?

And I don't think anyone is suggesting blowing the highlights - the holy
grail in digital exposure is to have that histogram right up to, but not
over the edge, of the right side - and I'm perfectly free to admit it's a
grail about as difficult to get to consistently as was the grail in the
Indiana Jones movie.;-)
B. D.

On 9/20/06 10:11 AM, "Lottermoser George" <> wrote:

> And this is the bottom line, isn't it, your working methods give you
> the results you seek.
> As far as dynamic range, loss of information, etc. All this can be
> easily tested for those with an inclination to spend their time in
> that way. And it's far easier and cheaper to test with digital than
> with film. Set up a white card with strong texture. Fill the frame
> with it. Make a series of exposures from burning it out to dead
> black. There's your range of stops - right? When out in the field -
> if that range is exceeded by conditions you've got to choose to
> either loose highlights or shadows beyond the range. In the case of
> digital I'll save the highlights every time - because I always find
> stuff in the shadows I wouldn't have expected (ok almost always).
> Regards,
> George Lottermoser
> On Sep 19, 2006, at 8:19 PM, Douglas Herr wrote:
>> In my experience with the DMR, setting exposure comp to -.5 or -1
>> sacrifices very little deep shadow detail if any.
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