Not sure how comfortable I am with this edit, and I’m still playing with this technique, but I wanted to show this to you guys anyways… It’s really technical-sounding from here on out, sorry.
Frame A (the untouched raw file) is metered for the sky just around the sun— around 3 stops under, and Frame B is what I ended with. It’s still just beginning to look natural again, but I’ll get it soon enough…
This is the only reason I was comfortable parting with my F100 and switching strictly to digital (Nikon D600). I really try my best to shoot for latitude in both mediums, but digital gives me the ability to underexpose (rather than over). This is really useful where I’m most comfortable— In places too dark for film, but where you need the latitude: Concert halls, clubs, and night scenes in general. It was definitely scary shooting portraits 3 stops under, but since we were just catching up I figured this would be a good time to test it out. I think the sweet spot is right around -2 or -2.5.
There wasn’t an assistant on this shoot, which meant no fill card, but this was a way to work despite it. Pretty neato, eh?