08/02/08 112 W, 2 I - + 8 - 8 Photography Puzzle

While shooting at the airport fire station this morning, the combination of blue sky, fluffy clouds, and staggered trucks seemed the perfect picture. Here's what my eye saw, as best recalled and created as a composite using PhotoShop:

Here's what the camera saw. Either the sky looked right, or the trucks looked right, but not both. Click to enlarge:

Fellow photographers, what's happening here? The camera is a Canon Rebel XT. The mode was Program Shift. The settings were ISO 100, shutter 1/200, aperature f10, metering evaluative, auto white balance, no flash, no exposure compensation, AI focus AF, and 17mm focal length. Your input is greatly appreciated in helping solve this puzzle.

CFR 2,3,& 4 would be great for a blitz attack with low staffing levels…pull up, squeeze the trigger on the joystick, and wash everything out the back door! Those trucks are neat.
ncff - 08/02/08 - 22:17

there’s only one way around this (from what i know) and that is to tripod it, use aperture priority, spot meter, use a remote shutter release, and take three exposures that you will later combine into an hdr image – the canon xt probably has the same menu system as the xti, so under menu 2, set AEB to either -1, 0, +1 or -2, 0, +2 – then, you will need a program that can combine the three images, such as paint shop pro photo x2 from corel, which includes a new hdr feature – i’m not sure if i would spot meter on the grey siding on the overhang, the grey cement, or the door closest to the vehicles – i’m thinking the grey cement is closest to an 18% grey – no metering on the white of the vehicles, or everything else will be too dark
cornerhydrant - 08/02/08 - 22:43

you may need to get off of auto white balance as well and set it to shady or custom wb
cornerhydrant - 08/02/08 - 22:46

option #2 – graduated neutral density filter, even though i’ve never tried using one myself
cornerhydrant - 08/03/08 - 15:28

option #3 – one raw file made into three tif files, first underexposed for the sky, one normal exposure, one over-exposed for the vehicles and building – combine three into pseudo-hdr (was this a test??)
cornerhydrant - 08/03/08 - 18:30

Hope your not standing over the white line when taking these photos.
Oh NO! - 08/04/08 - 13:19

Negatory. That’s what the wide lens is for.
Legeros - 08/04/08 - 18:58

literally or figuratively over the white line? i was going to say, over the line, and outside of the box, always

option #4 – select sky in second shot – feather slightly – create new adjustment layer and play with hue/saturation levels until some of the color comes back (info should still be there in raw (i think))
cornerhydrant - 08/04/08 - 19:48

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