Night Time Errands in the Raw
I had to make a quick trip down to the office on Saturday night to retrieve the power supply for my laptop. "Quick" is a relative term as it's quite a ways from my house to my office unfortunately. I brought along my camera to get a couple nighttime city shots. I was hoping the office would be running the fountain, but it wasn't. Still, it's a fun shot and it marks the first time I could have used a wider wide-angle lens because I would have liked to have gotten more of the buildings on the sides in (there was no room to back up.) I would have also liked to have taken it from a higher vantage point, but that wasn't possible either.
This photo is actually a pretty good demonstration of why shooting in RAW format is a good idea. It's a single-exposure photo; no multi-exposure HDR involved. Below is the same photo as it came off the camera with no post-processing other than the conversion to JPG. Compare that to the photo above and you can see just how much detail lurks in the shadows of a RAW image that can be pulled out with some simple post-processing. That never fails to amaze me.
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