Towards the sun Sony Sky-HDR.
Towards the sun
Yesterday, we finally got the first snow and I took the opportunity to be out all day photographing. Midday the sun appeared but photo wise, this was almost too good. I stood on the shadow side of the lake and saw the sun light up the other side and the snow a bit out on the lake which was a challenge with the range between shadow and light. This was a perfect opportunity to try the new app from Sony that makes you practically get a built-graduated ND filter in your DSLR. The program is called Sky-HDR. It takes two exposures that are then merged into one file and actually also works for RAW! Excellent Sony !!
You have control over how you want to expose the lower part and the upper part of the picture, and how and where the gradient between the two should be in the final image. You can therefore have totally different Aperture, Time, White Balance yes even the ISO between the two different parts of the image. The above picture is a .jpg file directly from the camera to show how it became completely unedited. Here I have 1/30 of a second for the lower part in the shade and 1/125 of a second for the illuminated snow and sky. I have also changed the White balance so the shadow has a warmer white balance, and the upper part a bluer white balance. So far, I'm actually quite impressed with this new app! And the best part is that I always have it with me in my camera!