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Old Jan 29, 2009, 2:07 PM   #1
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Took these today to test exposures on all white birds and Swans are all we have around here right now. I like the exposure on the first one with the lone Goose.

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Now this second one, I like the exposure on the Swan with its wings open and water splashing off, but the Geese are too dark and need work.

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Old Jan 29, 2009, 2:36 PM   #2
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Did you use the 200% D-range on these?

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Old Jan 29, 2009, 2:46 PM   #3
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No I actually forgot about it!

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Old Jan 29, 2009, 3:43 PM   #4
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Unfotunately I spent my money on a rather crappy 22" screen, a little difference in viewing angle changes the pictures a lot. But"thanks" to thatI can see that the first picture has all detail in the swan's white feathersif I tilt the screen backwards a bit, and the goose's black neck has it if I tilt the screen the other way. So the detail is there, if someone doesn't see it it's because of limitations in the the screen and not in the photo.

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If you are looking only at the swan, the exposures are perfect with good detail among the white feathers. However, I imagine you'd need to try HDR imaging to balance the lighting on the geese. I've experimented with the 200% D range on the K20D and can't say that the effect is dramatic. From the reviews however, the N**** D300 has impressive credentials when it comes to dynamic range.
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Old Jan 29, 2009, 4:38 PM   #6
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Now this second one, I like the exposure on the Swan with its wings open and water splashing off, but the Geese are too dark and need work.
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This is to be expected if you spot meter on the swan, is it not? Did you try center-weighting?
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I LOVE the detail in the second picture. It doesn't bother me in the least that the geese are a bit dark, the swan is AWESOME! The first is excellent, perhaps a better picture, but my favorite is the second one.

I've played with the dynamic range a bit. It does help keep you from blowing out the highlights (I should have used it on the egret, but like you, I didn't think about it). But it introduces more noise in the shadows. I was disappointed in what I got when taking pictures at sunrise/early morning - think it would do better in conditions like this, where you don't have much for deep shadows.
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I'm on my laptop right now. I was having problems with glare spots on the monitor so tilted my screen forward and the second image is great. The geese aren't too dark that way. I love the detail in this second image. Beautiful.

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bilybianca wrote:
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Unfotunately I spent my money on a rather crappy 22" screen,
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kjell,which flat panel??

tom, EV on these are spot on. i get good contrast on both but the 2nd one is tops..

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Old Jan 31, 2009, 3:24 PM   #10
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Thanks for the input everyone, it was fun dealing with the extreme DR with the white and dark birds in the same shot.

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