Blasting Highlights

July 7th, 2011 by Denise Ippolito

I learned this technique from Arthur Morris. He first showed it to me in Florida and I was fascinated by the results. He advised the following: set the lowest ISO; set the aperture between f/16 and f/22; turn off AF and focus manually; an exposure between -1 and -2 stops should look pretty good but there will by necessity be lots of blinkies as the bright spots and starbursts are specular highlights.


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Mute Swan ~ South Cape May Meadows, NJ
Canon1D Mark III, 100-400 mm lens, 1/1000 sec. at f/20, ISO 200, Exposure compensation -1
Image © 2010/Denise Ippolito Photography

 

 


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Brush Strokes ~ LeHardy Rapids, Yellowstone NP
Canon 1D Mark III, 1/15 sec. at f/22, ISO 100, Manual mode.
Image © 2010/Denise Ippolito Photography

I added a few filters to give this Blasted Highlights image some more interest. I’m normally not a fan of pano crops but for this image I felt it worked well to accentuate the “brush strokes”. This type of image isn’t for everyone but this is a technique that I really like and I did want to pass it on. Enjoy!

Check out Denise’s website at www.deniseippolito.com

 

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One Response to “Blasting Highlights”

  1. Michael Zajac says:

    Great effect.

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