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Preserving the view on a bright day

Often times the view is one of the most important feature of a home. I had the opportunity to photograph a house on the lake in Allyn, WA. Sunshine blasted through the windows, making it difficult to capture the view and the interior of the house at the same time.

Even with a flash bouncing off the ceiling, the details of the view are completely blown out. 1/50th of a second, f/8, ISO 200 (without flash it would have been 1/25th, f/8, ISO 400)

Even with a flash bouncing off the ceiling, the details of the view are completely blown out.
1/50th of a second, f/8, ISO 200 (without flash it would have been 1/25th, f/8, ISO 400)

You could use a flash and fire directly at the scene to brighten up the interior and set your camera to properly photograph the view, but it tends not to look good.

The view looks good, but there are harsh shadows and the reflection of the flash is in the window. 1/200, f/8, ISO 200

The view looks good, but there are harsh shadows and the reflection of the flash is in the window.
1/200, f/8, ISO 200

However, if you combine both images in photoshop and brush in the flashed image (and take another one with the flash at a different angle to get rid of the shadows and flash reflection), the final photograph looks realistic, preserves the view and interior.

The final image without the harsh shadows, leaving the interior and view looking great.

The final image without the harsh shadows, leaving the interior and view looking great.