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Old Jul 23, 2004, 10:49 PM   #21
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Just following up here:

I haven't seen this bird again in the last few days. I am assuming that sooner or later I will see him at these ponds and I want to be ready for him when he does reappear. Both Erics, I believe your suggestions were for me to use spot metering (or should I use center-weighted?) and to meter on the brightest white feathers of the heron, set the EC down by -1 or so, and then to use the camera's auto-bracketing capabilities to bracket the EC from there. Did I get that straight? I hope so...

(Norm, if you read this I'd be interested in what you have to say for how I should expose to get maximum detail on this bird)
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Old Jul 23, 2004, 11:25 PM   #22
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Between the parrot and this photo, it's clear that you need nothing more than what you already have to get good ones.
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Old Jul 23, 2004, 11:31 PM   #23
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Norm, I will accept that you are correct except that it depends on my being able to find a bird willing to be approached closely enough. Most aren't. So, greater focal length is desirable and I need lots of practice for learning about how best to expose for greatest detail. Right now I am shooting mostly aperture priority and still haven't taken the step to full manual.
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Old Jul 24, 2004, 7:29 PM   #24
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Geoffs,

Yes, in my GB Heron photo he has a fish of some kind. That pond is almost dried up now. He hasn't been there for a while. It has been very hot here. Today I saw a green heron at a smaller pond in the same area. It is a shy bird compared to the great blue. The green flew into a snag about 40 feet or more up. I did get a digital zoom picture but nothing compared to Eric's. At least I can confirm what it was.
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