01-01-14 Circle of Light

2014 01-02 Bright Palm by Watertown, South Dakota, photographer Scott Shephard

I had mentioned yesterday that I had another photo that showed a drastic difference between what the human eye sees and what the camera “sees.” Yesterday, the difference had to do with focus, depth of field and bokeh. What today’s photo demonstrates may not be so obvious unless you understand the concept of “dynamic range.”

Dynamic range is the term used by digital photographers to describe a camera’s ability to show the range of shades in a scene from very bright to very dark. And, generally speaking, cameras don’t do such as good job compared to the human eye, which is brilliant.

When I saw this palm leaf, singled out by the relatively bright sky above, I didn’t see what you see in the photo. I saw the highlights as bright green and the shadows as dull green. And when I took the photo and looked at it on the built-in screen, I thought, “Wow! I didn’t see that.” And I liked it.

I’ll admit that I did use a few fancy software processes to boost the dynamic range of the photo a bit. But I didn’t want to kill the highlights you see here. Is is a good photo? I can’t say. But, as I’ve already said, I like it.

Canon 5DIII 1/60s f/4.0 ISO640 102mm

And for detail junkies, Here’s the raw, unprocessed file

2014 01-02 Bright Palm by Watertown, South Dakota, photographer Scott Shephard

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