Have Yourself A Little Tungsten Christmas

The fantastic David Hobby, all praise be to him, got me started on controlling my light when taking a photograph, both when using strobe, and in other circumstances, as described in his wonderful guide on How To Photograph Christmas Lights. This house in the next subdivision caught my eye this year:

Lux in tenebris lucet

It looks great on screen but is very hard to print; it’s hard to make the foreground tree look like anything other than a solid patch of navy blue. By “developing” the RAW file to bring up the shadows by a couple of stops and combining two exposures in an image editor, values in the tree trunk can be made to stand out a bit more.

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