Pissed Off Histogram

Actually I am just assuming the histogram wasn’t happy. I am not sure since I never look at my camera histogram.  I do use the Highlight Alert, commonly know as the “blinkies” and my LCD looked like a neon sign flashing in Las Vegas!

But that didn’t bother me because I was going for a high key effect and I didn’t want to see any color in the sky. I wanted the subject to appear as if it was shot against a white background. My goal was to expose the face with as much detail as I could. So the short lesson here is “You are in control of your camera!” I think a lot of people don’t realize that and expose by the guideline the light meter is trying to dictate. You get to control exposure to create your vision.  Sometimes you get to control that 100% in the camera, and other times it is a combination of the camera and the digital darkroom. Ansel Adams used to describe the process of visualizing your finished product before you snap the shutter as “pre-visualization”, which English professors pointed, out is redundant. But whatever you call it, having a vision first and then trying to create that vision, is what separates true photographers from snapshooters.4900-_5D43077-Edit.jpgWood Stork, Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Florida    

1/320 sec; f/8; ISO 3200; 600mm; hand held