Part 3 – Harsh Lighting

Full Frame or micro 4/3rds

Real world usage of Full Frame and m4/3 – Part One, Images for Very Large Print

Part 3 – Harsh Lighting

Happened to be in front of the statue with the Sun directly behind the Theodore Thomas Head.

Manually exposed for the front of shaded region using light meter. Both the camera’s got the shade correctly exposed. But the background is fully washed out. With D810 I can bring reasonable blue sky. Screen Shot 2016-11-23 at 7.58.21 PM.png

If exposed for the background I  got the image like this..

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Though the images looks the same I can recover most of the information from the Nikon sensor to get a very usable image.

Final Image, with the shadows recovered.

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When I select print quality crop..



I know Full Frame sensor will be better for dynamic range, but didn’t realize I could recover shadows from D810 even when literally shooting at the sun and get an image good enough for 24″ x 30″ prints.

m4/3 is not that bad either, I can use it for computer viewing not really for large print, unless I use flash to fill the shadows.

For this shot though I wish I had the Df sensor, D810 has real clear advantage for this kind of images.

My Preference : D810, no questions.. 

On to Part 4 – Inside Museums