Spot Metering Saves the Picture

The late afternoon light was highlighting the Latter Day Saints Temple in Idaho Falls, Idaho, when I viewed it across from the Snake River Greenbelt. Taking a normal meter reading of the whole scene risked creating an exposure that was too bright for the building because the foreground was in shadow. So I used spot metering to measure just the light reflecting off the church. Then I adjusted my exposure to +2 because it was a white surface, not a gray one. This exposure preserved details in the building's facade and I was able to lighten the foreground shadows with photo editing software.

Latter Day Saints Temple, Idaho Falls, Idaho
1/200 second, f/11, ISO 100, 84mm

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