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Old Jan 27, 2005, 8:03 PM   #1
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Another dark cloudy day.






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Old Jan 27, 2005, 8:21 PM   #2
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Good pose on the mergansers. They are really hard to get exposed correctly. I'm still trying to learn it myself. The logical thing, exposure comp to darken the scene, does work but it can kill the detail in the dark parts. And a flash will be reflected of the males white parts, so that is out.

Next time try under exposing a bit and then recover the dark parts in your editor.

Nice action shot on the shovler. I've only ever seen them from really far away.

That widgen is great. Really nicely done.

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Old Jan 27, 2005, 8:58 PM   #3
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Thanks Eric,

Appreciate the advice on the exposure for the merganzers. I basically just let the whites go. I have a very hard time recovering photos that are underexposed. They always end up looking washed out to me, I am a rank novice at photo shop.

This is first shoveler I have ever seen so it was fun to get a couple shots of it.

Thanks for the complement on the wigeon. They sure are a pretty bird if you get the colors right.

Here is another shot of the shoveler.




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Old Jan 28, 2005, 5:41 AM   #4
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Great action shot!!! The widgeon is really nice. For lack of a better term,
high dynamic range birds are tough to get detail on, and right exposure.
Cloudy days don't help matters either, since the light is so diffuse, it doesn't
create a lot of contrast in the fine details, which makes exposure even more
critical. There are many different ways of recovering highlight detail, if it
exists. The first thing I do to see if there is detail there, is to turn back
EC in the raw capture. If there is nothing there, not much you can do.
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Old Jan 28, 2005, 11:06 PM   #5
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Lovely shots zoomn, you nailed the head on that last one; color and detail are lovely. What a neat looking bird. Looks like he was comin' in to check you out.
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Old Jan 29, 2005, 12:54 AM   #6
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great shots, the bird in the last shothas a verylong beak to what I see of ducks around here.
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