Low dynamic range = high contrast.
Originally Posted by mporter012
High dynamic range = low contrast.
Unless we're talking about compensation.
3 stops stretched over the image display range (whether it's printing or otherwise) in a normal fashion is much higher contrast than 10 stops stretched out over the same display range.
Which is why I recommend treating colour neg the same as slide when it comes to beaches and sunsets/sunrises etc.. reverse grad ND to reduce the dynamic range of the scene, and bring the average of the sky and land closer together.
Obviously can't do that with more complex distribution rather than just a split bright/dark horizon line.
Often have thought about making a 'transition lens' to stick in a view camera just near where the film holder goes in, or part of the film holder, double dark slide, one for transition lens, one for film etc, in a custom setup.
Pre-expose the transition lens for a while with a slightly different focus (ala local contrast mask), then quickly expose the scene image though that onto the film.
Last edited by Athiril; 03-25-2013 at 09:32 PM. Click to view previous post history.