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Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers by Lee Varis

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Foliage

Landscapes with green foliage can present a challenge to getting a bright enough exposure. Green foliage tends to underexposure when you accept a medium tone interpretation. For whatever reason, we like green plants to have a more saturated, brighter color in photographs and, even though trees and plants seem to be medium in value, a zone V placement is often too dark. The challenge is that it is sometimes hard to expose light enough without damaging other elements in the scene!

This shot seems to offer an easy choice as the dominant subject is the foliage and the sky is dark and cloudy (Figure 3.4). The reality of the actual scene is that behind the clouds the sky is quite bright. The bright patches in the clouds are very bright— reading ...

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