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    Senior Member Luis Otero's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by António Fagundes View Post
    ...It's just a little problem regarding blown highlights and rolloff that I want to understand better...
    Antonio,

    Sometimes, when I read a comment like the one above, it gives me the sense that you feel that there will be an uncontrollable light that will ruin your shot. That is why you should hire a competent DP that will be able to make it work exactly as you desire; that IS their expertise (unless you are expecting an amount of light produced by an atomic bomb exploding close to your window). Joke aside, any decent DP will be able to make it work for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by António Fagundes View Post
    The problem with the suggestions I got so far is that they are all words, no one has posted a picture to show a shot of a contrasty/hard lighting scene without being clipped, and explaining what they did for it not to clip.

    No pictures!

    I don't want to come of difficult, but in this business, pictures do speak louder than words.

    As Luis said, please do check out Elysium (which opened today), as it has some great high contrast daylight work in there.

    Let me free you from this burden and I'll post images. (although I am a bit hesitant to post my own images in Marks thread as this is about Dragon and his stress test, but I feel we need to clarify)

    Everything here is shot on Mysterium-X.

    Hard light not clipping within exposure:


    Broad daylight, not clipping within exposure:


    Broad daylight, not clipping within exposure:


    Broad daylight, not clipping within exposure:


    Broad daylight, not clipping within exposure:


    Baby 1K fresnel, not diffused right at subject:


    You mentioned something about these holes. This particular image was graded to have a very "cut out" white clip on the highlights for sort of a graphic effect. These are intentional holes.


    Same here, but on a smaller scale. On an image that has a hard rim light I personally like that cut out effect and tend to enhance that occasionally.



    The real key here in reality is understanding the tool and how to deliberately control your image. For instance, the first shot with the man I could have pushed into an out of range image via a lighting change and depending on where I placed my desired exposure I could have easily clipped my highlights and lost detail there. However, using a light meter and raised the fill light up and created a within range image. Not rocket science there. This wasn't a camera thing really, but more of a light thing.

    The above daylight grabs are the worst case scenario as that's true high contrast shot in the harsh daylight, which I sometimes enjoy as it greats a lot of "hanging" and deep shadows.

    Here's example where I favored a bit of shadow detail and decided to lose a bit of the hightights, which I could easily see on the histogram, stoplights, and exposure bars:


    That right there actually demonstrates fairly clearly what Mysterium-X's total possibly captured dynamic range is (without HDRx of course).

    Highlight "wrangling" can happen in camera, on lens, with lighting, and even in post. In most extreme situations a combination of two or more of those should likely be explored.


    To emphasize one thing here. Mark's test is a stress test. He was pushing Dragon to the extremes. This wasn't about making pretty pictures.
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    Phil,

    Excellent examples...!!! Just breathtaking, diverse images (this is candy for colorists).


    Antonio,

    Show these images to your DP, took him to the theaters to watch Elysium. Furthermore, rent The Hobbit, Spiderman, TGWTDT, and even a movie shot on the Red One, like the last Pirates of the Caribbean. If still after that you feel or sense hesitation from him, then maybe he is not the guy you should hire to oversee your cinematography.
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    Antonio,

    I've been with you all the way, but I thought you were talking about situations where you might deliberately want to overexpose your highlights and were displeased with the harsh clipping of RED. But let's agree that not all highlights clip at all times, and the MX is actually among the best at that, Dragon should even be better. All cameras can clip if so pushed, and RED does look a bit harsh sometimes, which Alexa avoids with its much talked about filter, but it wouldn't look any better than RED without said filter. In the end, these are all digital sensors and being linear unlike film, that's how digital sensors clip.
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