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Old Feb 21, 2007, 7:10 PM   #1
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I thought spot metering was the more popular mode for birding, but I have seen some fabulous shots by Chris van Rooyen and he uses mulit mode. Donna
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 10:38 PM   #2
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I use partial metering, but change the +/-EV depending on white/black bird - Also manual seems to work better with birds in flight when the backgrounds vary from dark foliage to bright sky...
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Thanks, I have been using partial last couple of weeks. donna
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 2:48 PM   #4
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They all have their downsides and its just a question of when it will get it wrong and therefor you have to correct for it.

A friend of mine shoots exclusively in manual and ignores the metering mode all together. He's just learned to pay attention to all the details. Colors of the subjects (reflective yellow bird will require less light than a gray coyote for proper exposure) and if the subject is in the light or shadow... but he can ignore backgrounds ('cause they don't effect the light on his subject.

I shoot in Av with either partial or spot metering. I found spot metering to not work well with the 10D and 20D because the spot was too big. It picked up too much of the background and was thrown off by it too much. Now that I have the 1D MkII N, with a smaller area spot meter I've been trying it out again. It seems to work better than with those other cameras but it still gets it wrong more than I'd like. I'm going to try some more, though. I can't expect it to work the same way and just have it be better... I need to "learn" it.

When I use partial, I found I really only had to correct for a bright/dark background. Subject color didn't effect it much. This was nice because it made it simpler.

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Old Feb 23, 2007, 12:33 AM   #5
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spot in 5d sometimes works..it works best when the subject is really close.. on tele lens's it more often fails. Mainly due to the large spot metering.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"One thing i noticed is using custom function and enabling the extra AF points during AI Servo in 5D really locks on the subject better and metering during flight is also better.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Manual metering has worked better for me when focussing birds over bright back grounds. No other metering was able to isolate the bird and 9/10 times the bird was dark.
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