We would Carlos, but we're not seeing any files. You might like to click on HELP!/Rules above for some step-by-step image posting instructions.
I think now all is ok.
A flash with a diffuser at night might cool down some of the bright (hot spots) . I like the warm effects of the no flash picture compared to the daylight one. Interesting stuff. Noel
Thanks about your opinion.
Anyway a flash with or without diffuser will change the natural night ambient color.
In your photo, is the ambient color at night tungsten light? If so, flash will not help, will it?
I'm not 100% just what you're asking, but the essence of the problem you have is that you have a very high dynamic range scene (areas that are very very dark, and areas that are very very bright), so you basically have 2 approaches:
1. To use flash to brighten the darker areas (you can use gels on the flash to change the colour temperature of the flash light), or
2. Use HDR techniques and capture a range of images at different exposures which you can then combine into an HDR composite shot.
A simpler approach might be to take a RAW shot and see how much shadow detail could be extracted, or even take a shot as the ambient light starts to decrease, but before it's too dark.
I have two types of light:
On the road (where I'm shooting) high pressure sodium
Inside the gate compact fluorescent lamps
No flash was used
Thank you very much Colin
I appreciate your advice, I think to start using HDR technique, so I'll need a specialized software.
Any suggestion for the software??
Trey Ratcliff has a free HDR tutorial you may want to look at before you decide which application is best for the kind of HDR you want to shoot. http://www.stuckincustoms.com/
Hi Carlos, I see that you were able to bring out more detail with less blown highlights than the original post. Usually a set of bracketed exposures will work better for you.
What do you think of your Photomatix results?
I personally like the atmosphere of the first images, only thing i would try is to burn (darken) the two light-sources. Maybe someone can give you some pointers in that direction, I myself haven't yet gotten to grips with dodging and burning in terms of photoshop and the likes.
What have you done?
a) Where is the light spot near the house door, we can also suppress the nearer spot (?);
b)The ambiance light temperature is far away from reality;
c) I, personally, don't like the assembly.
Any way I'dd like very much, by didactic reasons, to know, again, what have you done!?
Tomorrow night (here now is 2:00 in the morning) I'll try a "set of bracketed exposures" and will let you know the results.
About Photomatix results I'll give my opinion after to have a little more experience with.
Last edited by Colin Southern; 12th November 2011 at 04:48 AM.
You can adjust that in Photoshop, but it's never going to be a phtorealistic scene anyway.The ambiance light temperature is far away from reality;
I just popped it into Adobe Camera RAW - adjusted the black clipping point - brightness - exposure - brightness then popped it into Photoshop - cloned out the light on the house (quick/dirty job) - resampled - sharpened.Any way I'dd like very much, by didactic reasons, to know, again, what have you done!?