I recently installed new light fixtures in our kitchen. This is a reflection of the globe from the fixture above the kitchen sink. You can also see the reflection of the window blinds and the faucet. The countertop is made of polished granite, which has a texture and modifies the reflection.
This is my submission for Weekend Reflections #22.
Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
105mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/40 sec @ f4.0
Curves adjusted for contrast
I took many shot of these fixtures and threw most of them away. If you want the nitty gritty details, read on.
This exposure was very tricky to get correct and I experimented over two sessions to get something I was happy with. I was determined to get this shot and I will explain my logic.
Initially, I autofocused on the brightest part of the light, locked the exposure, and recomposed the shot. I got decent results, but I was not pleased. I found that underexposing by 2/3 stop gave reasonable result.
The second session, I shot four identical shots with the four possible metering modes: Evaluative, Partial, Spot, and Center-Weighted Average. Evaluative was blown out, Partial and Spot were underexposed, and Center-Weighted was overexposed, but not as badly as Evaluative. I then used Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) with the bracket at +- 2/3 stops and took three more shots. It would have been just as easy to take a bunch of shots and manually adjust the exposure compensation, rather than using fancy-pants AEB. In summary, using Center-Weighted Average with 2/3 stop underexposure gave these results.
I'm still thinking about other 'tricks' to improve this. I'm sure you have ideas, fire away!