Eric Hilton in Sarasota, FL sent me the examples to the right shortly after my post on A Simple Way to Shoot Exactly The Right Brackets for Exposure Fusion. Eric says:
Yesterday I had a shoot of a home that I was told faces east, (which the realtor never checked) and was requested to be there at 9AM. When I arrived the home was facing west, and the sun was behind the house and shinning directly into my camera. I felt like I was totally screwed as I thought it was the worst case lighting I could think of.
I added my -2 stop graduated filter and fill flash, but I couldn’t over power the sun and the house still looked terrible. I then tried shooting manually bracketed 8 exposures 1 stop apart (as described in the post) and used LR/Enfuse to process.
Afterwards, I brought it into the new ACDSee pro 6 and tweaked the image. This technique truly saved the shoot, my butt and gave me an acceptable image, which I thought looked quite good for this situation.
Great success story Eric! I don't usually think of manual bracketing and EF processing as a solution for controlling super bright outside shots but it makes sense. Good job of being innovative and rising to the occasion.