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Looking south out of the Stockton Street Tunnel, trying to learn from the challenge of photographing deep shadows and bright sunlit street scenes.

I heard a professional this weekend (Nevada Wier -- see nevadawier.com) say that shooting in RAW allows us 4 stops of exposure latitude. I do not understand all of what that means, but I will tell you that this shot is processed using my favorite technique these days. Pull two versions out of RAW, about 2 stops apart, then using a layer mask, combine the shadow detail of the lighter version with the highlight detail of the darker one. Not completely successful, and not true HDR, but you see the results.

I also have to add -- my experience is limited, but there is a small group of cities in this world that are simply and completely photogenic: Paris (of course), Prague, and I would nominate San Francisco also. There are others, and I know I have not seen them all! But a day in San Francisco with a camera is like being in a candy store.

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