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Trying to capture the brilliant sparkle of melting ice on tree branches, dripping to the ground.

SL2-S 40/1.2 @ f/16 , 1/10s ISO 50

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Until you actually use the camera and work on the files, it's difficult to understand how much of a step forward in colour management the SL2-S appears to be over the SL and even the SL2.

This is a type of shot I have often taken in the past - typical of a British winter: bright sky, low sun into the camera, and a lot of foreground shade. In my distant ignorant past I would have exposed for the buildings and blown the sky entirely. In my educated recent past I would have exposed for the sky and lifted the foreground in post, getting an acceptable exposure, but quite possibly losing some colour and contrast which could not be retrieved without a lot of work. Here it was: increase Exposure and Shadows, decrease Highlights to bring back the sky, and set White & Black points (little change needed), and I have achieved the scene and look as I saw it, with natural colours. I can do more with sharpening and contrast, but those will be just tweaks.

SL2-S + 16-35. ISO 100, f/9
Part of an exploration of necklace housing developments around Cambridge.

 

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S1010242 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr  SL SC 75 Edited by scott kirkpatrick
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Another example to go with the one I posted above. 
First the image with OOC exposure, but cropped/straightened a bit.
Second the image with the same basic adjustments to exposure settings. I could have achieved this with previous cameras but only with extra local adjustments for contrast and colour..
SL2-S + 16-35SL,  ISO 100, f/7

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43 minutes ago, LocalHero1953 said:

Until you actually use the camera and work on the files, it's difficult to understand how much of a step forward in colour management the SL2-S appears to be over the SL and even the SL2.

This is a type of shot I have often taken in the past - typical of a British winter: bright sky, low sun into the camera, and a lot of foreground shade. In my distant ignorant past I would have exposed for the buildings and blown the sky entirely. In my educated recent past I would have exposed for the sky and lifted the foreground in post, getting an acceptable exposure, but quite possibly losing some colour and contrast which could not be retrieved without a lot of work. Here it was: increase Exposure and Shadows, decrease Highlights to bring back the sky, and set White & Black points (little change needed), and I have achieved the scene and look as I saw it, with natural colours. I can do more with sharpening and contrast, but those will be just tweaks.

Agree, with the SL2-S, I'm always in manual mode adjusting exposure based on the histogram for the slightest hint of highlight clipping.

Similarly, I luminance mask the shadow area, drop local contrast and bringing up the exposure without worrying about the colour shifting.

SL2-S 40/1.2 f/4 ISO 400 

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12 minutes ago, scott kirkpatrick said:

Both of your corrected shots seem a little pale, especially the second.  How are you setting exposures?  Our sky currently doesn't have any clouds in it to use in setting exposure compensation.

I set the exposure with the histogram and highlight clipping.
Yes, I may have made it a little light; I'm trying different 'looks' that I want to be consistent across all the images in this series. The slightly bleached look is not quite natural (except when sunlight bounces off all these light walls), but I'm taken with it at the moment! It's good to know it can be done, even if the final images end up differently.

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