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The once Crystal Shop in Cockburn Street: ex-camera JPG | by Chris_Malcolm
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The once Crystal Shop in Cockburn Street: ex-camera JPG

Taken during our meetup for an evening of night shooting down the Royal Mile.


This is one of Edinburgh's photographic problem buildings. It's tall narrow shape and restricted viewpoints make it difficult to photograph well during the day. This unedited ex-camera jpeg shows the extra difficulties of photographing it at night -- the contrast between the brightly lit windows and the dark upper floors.


This new camera body (A550 as spare and partial upgrade of my temporarily damaged A350) has some interesting extra tricks up its sleeve. It can do five different levels of Dynamic Range Optimisation in translating from the camera RAW sensor data to the ex-camera JPG image. This is akin to Nikon's D-Lighting feature. If you're prepared to forego the possibility of a RAW file it will go further than this and do various levels of in-camera HDR between two exposures. The exposures are taken in rapid sequence one one shutter press, aligned automatically in camera, and the HDR performed. The next image gives an example of the in-camera HDR being applied to this difficult image.


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Taken on November 14, 2009