Andrea’s Analysis and Advice
I chose to edit photographer Carl Valiquet’s DNG image. It was captured using a Leica M 240 camera, and an Elmarit-M f/2.8 21mm ASPH lens.
What first drew me to this photo was its excellent composition. All of the main elements in the image have a pleasing balance. I like the angled crescent shapes in the foreground. They create clear leading lines that direct the viewer’s eye into the center of the photo. These features of the image give it a strong presence. Additionally, the balanced composition and features give lots of opportunities to enhance the image with editing.
When shooting in a backlit situation like this, it’s important to consider how much detail the camera can capture before you take the shot. The shadows are exposed well in this photo, but the highlights don’t have as much crisp detail as they could. Shooting bracketed exposures, or using gradient filters would ensure that the camera can capture a higher amount of detail.
One thing to be aware of when you recover areas of missing details in a shot, like the sky in this photo, is that it’s critical that you don’t try to bring back all of that detail. Having some areas without detail in your image is okay. This is especially true it there is a bright highlight in a sun flare like this photo has. Recovering all the details can lead to the image’s tones reading muddy.