Remember the golden rules:
· RAW – it will liberate you!
· BRACKETED EXPOSURES
· JPEG IS FOR POINT AND SHOOT ONLY
THIS IMAGE WAS CAPTURED IN RAW
As the clipping indicators are turned on, you can see that the blacks are clipped (blue highlight).
The exposure looks as good as you can get with a single frame, there are lighter tones extending almost to the RHS.
A shift of the exposure slider to the RHS starts showing highlight clipping.
Congratulations, this exposure was as perfect as you could get!
Moving the black slider to zero fixes all the black clipping and recovers the tones in the blacks. Note how the histogram shows more detail on the LHS now:
I made just some small adjustments to the sliders for my personal taste:
I like Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation at +20, it doesn’t always work, you have to play with it.
I added Fill Light of 60 – normally I don’t like to do this, but it helped to separate the city from the dark foreground trees.
Here’s my result – it’s personal choice however. After this, you could fiddle around with other settings if you like.
Here’s the image EXIF data:
Hmmm! How about trying Manual mode?
As it’s a RAW file, there’s a lot more that you can do with it, like TONEMAPPING!