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Mike Young's picture

South coast U.K.

Hurst point on a cloudy autumn day. Simple lighthouse but I liked the contrast of the bright white building against the grey sky.

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Phillip Breske's picture

Except that there is no contrast between the bright white building and the grey sky. They are both very grey in this image. Maybe you uploaded the wrong version?

Quick edit on my phone (though without a histogram, I may have blown the highlights):

Mike Young's picture

It may be my monitor or laptop but I see a very clear line and a soft grey patina. The histogram looks relatively evenly spread with a broad concentration in the mid tones - which I expected. I played around in DPP with the white levels to produce a darker image, it has a sharper contrast but I think I may still prefer the first one.

darin gabbert's picture

Personally, I think the sharper contrast shows the lines of the lighthouse to better effect. My eye favours this version.

Mike Young's picture

Thanks, very interesting and something to think about.

Phillip Breske's picture

I don't want to argue, but are we looking at the same histogram? This was the histogram of your original post and it's hardly "evenly spread":

Mike Young's picture

That's not what I am seeing, I will post the one from DPP. It may have changed because of my recent edit, it is a lot flatter in the centre of the chart now that it was before. All this aside, it has reinvigorated my focus on the histogram while shooting.

Mike Young's picture

And this is the histogram in DPP from my JPG. The amount of mid tones is what I would expect. I never thought I would get into deep discussion about histograms but I expect I will learn a lot more when I do.