A Shooting Mistake

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I went shooting last week with my Dad and brother in law. As usual my camera was along. My dad picked up my D600 and took a few photos, but there was a problem.

The previous night I was doing some astrophotography so my camera was set up with a high ISO (4000) and was set to Aperture priority. So the camera shot at 1/4000 sec. at 4000 ISO and F5.6. Of course, EVERYTHING was blown out. I could barely see an image, mosly just bright white frames.

I decided to see what I could do with them anyway. I pulled the exposure as low as I could go and then pulled the highlights all the way down.

After doing this, I kind of like what I got out of them. They definitely aren't anywhere close to being correct, but I think I might like to use this effect in some different shooting situations.

It turned out to be a happy mistake. I need to keep this in mind for some different shoots and see what I can come up with.


Shooting-1 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Here's a photo my Dad took of me getting ready to shoot my 300 Black Out.


Shooting-2 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr
 
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I like the first one. I’m guessing there was no snow on the ground. :biggrin:

Second one, for me anyway, would have been better cropped in portrait mode with a little desaturation on the beard.

You should check out the Gun Photos, gun action shots Vol 2 in the Miscellany Forum.
 
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I like the first one. I’m guessing there was no snow on the ground. :biggrin:

Second one, for me anyway, would have been better cropped in portrait mode with a little desaturation on the beard.

You should check out the Gun Photos, gun action shots Vol 2 in the Miscellany Forum.
I thought about cropping, but I kind of liked the desert landscape.

I actually did desaturate it 10%. My beard is actually pretty near that red :redface: Red beard, blond hair, I'm scandinavian.

Here's what I had to work with.


Shooting-2a by Colorado CJ, on Flickr
 
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I thought about cropping, but I kind of liked the desert landscape.

I actually did desaturate it 10%. My beard is actually pretty near that red :redface: Red beard, blond hair, I'm scandinavian.

Here's what I had to work with.
That’s not much to work with. I don’t know how you managed to bring out as much as you did. I’d have deleted it. We all make those mistakes.
 
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That’s not much to work with. I don’t know how you managed to bring out as much as you did. I’d have deleted it. We all make those mistakes.
I didn't set the camera up and my dad never used it before, so they were some pretty awful pictures.

I was really surprised that I could get anything out of them at all. That D600 REALLY has a lot of detail in the RAW files, you can push and pull the files to a ridiculous amount. I don't know HOW many stops it was overexposed to.

But I do like the processing somewhat and think it might be useful for some things.
 

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