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Old Mar 6, 2005, 6:44 PM   #1
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The sun was shining and my attitude has improved greatly. Temperatures in the sixtys this afternoon. I went out and practiced at the William Powers Conservation Area. A park in the middle of some of the heaviest industry along the Lake Michigan shore line.

I never realized how hard it is to get the exposure correct on a swan. Your comments and criticisms are welcome.
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Old Mar 6, 2005, 6:46 PM   #2
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The second shot.
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Old Mar 6, 2005, 6:46 PM   #3
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The third.
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Old Mar 6, 2005, 6:47 PM   #4
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And my favorite.
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great shots and nice that you could get out for some shots:G
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the first two are badly underexposed, the second two are fine. what camera settings were you using? you need to increase the exposure by either opening up the lens aperture, slowing the shutter, or both. if you were using "P" mode, then some "+" EVcan compensate for the underexposed lighting. you can also try aiming at the water for your metering, prefocus to lock the exposure in, then recompose the shot and take the picture.
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They were in program mode. The data says f8/f7.6 at 1/1000 second. I have others that were at f4/f5.6 but there was no detail in the swan, just turned into a white blob. What else could I do to maintain the detail but brighten the picture?
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Old Mar 6, 2005, 11:36 PM   #8
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This is what I mean. They just kinda blob out. There is no detail to them at all. This is f4 at 1/500.
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one of the things you could do would be to adjust the contrast in the camera, lower the contrast setting so the whites don't get blown out. You can also try to use the burn tool in PS if you have it on the swans to darken them.
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Thank you for the suggestions. I will try lowering the contrast. I have tried the burn tool, but I will need to practice with it. It can be easy to get carried away and wind up with a sooty looking swan.
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