In this exercise I was tasked to interpret and learn about highlight clipping. Below shows the scene I selected as it gave me the required range between highlights and shadows, also when you focus onto the image it also gives me the four criteria stipulated in the exercise notes, these being:
- Completely lost areas of visual information
- A visible break in the form of an edge between nearly-white and total white
- A colour cast along a fringe bordering the clipped white highlight
- The colour saturation.
This image was taken at f11 at 1/250th of a second, allowing for the deep depth and slightly more interesting colours in the sky and water. As you can see in this image the exposure is slightly clipping the reflected water surface, below the tree. But it also slightly lightens then highlights within the tree and the edgings of the pond.
I then with this image like asked in the exercise stepped the exposure up by 1 stop, this resulted in a massively blown out sky and even more highlight on the water surface, as depicted in the below image.
It is clear to see using both images that the overexposed image is far from pleasing and that by boosting the exposure on an image already with slight highlight results in an uninteresting and poor image.
With this image I began to reduce the exposure of the image by 1 stop, this resulted in a far darker image that lost some of the pleasing highlights within the tree and sky to over compensate the blown out reflections in the water.
My editing software does not allow me to use the recovery tool so in light of this I have looked into a couple of online tutorials to gain an insight on the uses and effects of it which can give interesting and sometimes odd results.
In conclusion I have found this to be an interesting exercise into highlight clippings and exposure in general, it has really shown me the importance of correct exposure and the and effect it can have on either the final outcome or inturn what is useful to you in post production.