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Old Jan 23, 2007, 12:04 AM   #1
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With some advice from Tom (Ennacac), I switched over to spot metering instead of my usual center weighted. Also with some advice from Roy (Robar), I tried to meter off of the highlights when trying to capture the details of a white feathered bird. I arrived about 1 hour before sunset and stumbled upon a small flock of white pelicans at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Their white feathers were so pristine like new fallen snow. Using these birds as a test, I tried out my new found techniques.






Still blowing out some highlights but not as bad.



A great blue heron flying upstream.




I often spot these turkey vultures gliding in the rising thermals. I find them to be quite ugly beasts truth be told. They have faces only a mother could love.


Walking back to the parking lot, I ran into this white crowned sparrow in a tree. The sun was going down and it bathed the sparrow in its warm fading light.



That's all for today. Thanks for looking.
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Old Jan 23, 2007, 2:10 AM   #2
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More than nice shot's - all of them. Ronny
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Old Jan 23, 2007, 8:45 AM   #3
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you're getting it down Dr H. 2nd shot is what it's about.

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edit: these white pelicans are a study in themselves. VERY easy to blow the HLs.
i'll shoot to the left of the histogram, develope in raw, and burn in some of the feathers. i've found that some burn in at the ends of a feather layer adds a lot of depth to the image.
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Old Jan 23, 2007, 9:52 AM   #4
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Hung,

Very nice shots! I think you have the idea down perfectly for the white feathers, which are just as difficult as black feathers to bring out the detail in.

The Pelicans are nice and sharp too.

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Old Jan 23, 2007, 12:03 PM   #5
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Nice shots. Personally, I shoot in RAW and have the exposure set to -1/2 to -1 and use spot metering.

Tried general center-weighting and it was ok for everything except the white Egrets.


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Old Jan 23, 2007, 1:43 PM   #6
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Very nice set... Really like number three. Keep it up!
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Well, since you certainly don't need any good advice from me, all I got to say is GRAND APPLAUSE!

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Old Jan 23, 2007, 4:09 PM   #8
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With white birds like that spot meter the whitest area to keep the highlights and then pull the detail out of the black, because even RAW will not bring back blown highlights.

Again, those are very nice shots.

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Old Jan 23, 2007, 10:57 PM   #9
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Royce,

I'm partial to the GBH's but you realy nailed thepelican in #2.

OUTSTANDING!!!!

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Everyone has said it all - well done! Evening (or early morning) light just adds so much to a picture, and you took great advantage of it with these.
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