More 5D Mark III Fun!

Views of uptown Charlotte from the Seventh Street Station parking garage, Charlotte, North Carolina

I’ve gotten a little more time to shoot with the 5D Mark III over the last few days.  Saturday I was teaching a digital point & shoot class for The Light Factory, and part of the class time is spent out actually taking photos.  What a concept – a photography class that actually goes out and takes photos…amazing if I do say so myself!  I cheated a little and took the 5D, with full disclosure to the class, of course.  And after using my G12 in the previous session.

Looking Up, Clouds

I’ve still a little vexed by what I feel is most likely a learning curve in Lightroom…my files seem to be coming in flat and dark, and only after applying a pretty aggressive tone curve adjustment can I get them where I want them.  I thought maybe I  had some kind of Auto Tone turned on, but nothing I see indicates that I do, and even if I did I think the images, if anything, would look lighter instead of darker.  I also saw on a video tutorial something about some automatic highlight suppression that Lightroom is doing, but I haven’t found anything definitive about that.  So for now I’ve got something that works and I’m using it.

Looking Down

I’ve posted this photos a little larger than usual in case anyone wants to do some peeping.  Click on each photo to make them bigger (dare I say “embiggen?”).  They look pretty good, I think.

Frame In Need of a Face
No Littering

6 thoughts on “More 5D Mark III Fun!”

  1. Very nice series of photos. I would love to take your class one day.
    Just a thought on the flatness you are experiencing: could it be the high resolution gives you a greater tonal range and the flat appearance is due to that? Also, the Canon camera at the Museum underexposes 1/2 to 1 stop normally so maybe it’s a Canon metering thing. I have to set my Nikon to -1/3 stop because it tends to overexpose a bit.

  2. Thanks, Ken. It would be great to have you in my class!

    You may very well be correct about the files. I’m starting to think that it is a combination of personal preference for more mid-tone exposure along with perhaps more dynamic range from the camera. It’s possible that what I’m interpreting as dark midtones might actually be lighter shadows. I just know that I’m having to make a pretty large Curves adjustment in Lightroom to get them where I want them for a starting point. But they get there, so I’m not arguing!

    All-in-all, the files I’m getting are very good, and if anything I would say that it magnifies my mistakes but rewards my efforts!

  3. I’ve read the same thing about the Nikon metering. I set mine for +1/2 stop because they meter on the low side. After a while I switched it back to 0 which works fro me. I really like that open window!

  4. Really nice set of photos, Tom. Whatever post-processing you’re doing is rendering some excellent results. You’d think that Adobe camera RAW converter would compensate for dynamic range of each/every supported camera. Still, can’t argue with final results like these!

  5. Thanks, Earl! The more I work on these files the more I think it is me, but I like what I’m getting. There’s certainly a lot of data in those files!

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