Just returned from a trip to the Alps in Germany, where there was the first major snow this winter. It was around four in the afternoon, cloudy sky and not snowing (fortunately) and around -10°:
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I took all photos with the camera set to automatic (incl. pop up flash) with no correction of white balance or exposure whatsoever, as I firmly believe that this can be corrected with CaptureNX afterwards. This was my first try with the Nikon D80 under these circumstances and without any experience how the automatic will work, what would have been the point of correction anyway?
Apart from the usual, I tried to capture some of the colors in the sky where the setting sun was painting some redish tones in the otherwise cold gray sky. Did I succeed? Well, I was a bit disappointed. Correcting the white balance to the warmer side certainly brings out some warmer hues in the sky, but it still doen's match my memories.
When I analysed the red/green/blue saturation to find out whether there were any problems I found that I was right not to correct anything. Overall, there was not a single pic where a color was overexposed. So one can say that the D80 auto-exposure is pretty conservative with respect to the lights. But did it leave too much headroom by beeing so cautious? Well, this was a mixed bag: around half of the photos had almost no headroom (e.g. 1153/54/55/57), so exposure was dead on. The other half had headroom of around 1EV up to almost 2EV (e.g. 1134/39/41/48 ). The worst beeing this shot: http://flickr.com/photos/38912116@N00/371662894/
Interesting though: if I correct that pic to the max it certainly looks overexposed to me and does not reflect the "feeling" of the late afternoon light. I would only correct this pic for +1EV.
Is there a clear pattern, which pictures had to much headroom? I don't know! So for me it was right, not to follow the standard advice of shooting everything in snow with +1EV. That way I would have certainly lost some detail in the sky and/or snow.
Later I will try some other levers in CaptureNX to bring the colors in the sky closer to my memories...
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