The impact of the number of focus/metering points
Zoom and Vertical angle influence Color Range
To illustrate yesterday’s training, here are 3 pictures I just shot out of the window with a point and shoot camera:
This first example shows that the sun and the warm colors around represent a small amount of the total image size. To get a dark foreground I used centered metering which causes the foreground to be overexposed since the metering is dominantly done on the light areas around the center of the image.
Using Zoom to focus on the warm color range around the sun and by lifting the camera we reduce the importance of the fore ground in terms of importance. The foreground is nicely over exposed while we get plenty of the warm gradients.
Forget about the foreground, we just zoom in and try to capture the interesting edges of the cloud. Compared to what the eye sees in nature (first picture) we are here entirely in the heart of the warm color range with an over-saturation of orange/reds. The contrasts get harder and we may miss out on some gradients, however such pictures can be spectacular.