I'm trying for an action shot of a dark bird in action on ocean waters... The bird is almost black but it looks dark brown when the sun is shining on it... The ocean waters are blue/green not a gorgeous tropical blue green just an ordinary blue green.
What I am finding is that if I expose to the right for the birds the water is washed out and the white bits on the wings are overexposed, and if I expose in the middle the water is washed out, the bird underexposed...
Also I am puzzled as to why the water colour changes quite a bit with each photo (even in the original jpegs)... (All auto white balance)
When I edit the photos in Lightroom the program wants to decrease the exposure which makes the water too dark... If I hit auto white balance the water is brown...
Manual, SS 2000-2500 A 5.6 iso 1250, Auto WB so the only thing that is changing with the photos is that I either tried spot or matrix metering.
Original JPegs Matrix Metering
Original Jpeg Matrix Metering
Edited Jpeg... I can't find the original but if I try to set the WB to reflect the true blackness of the bird you can see that the water colour is a dark blue which is not really the case.
I suspect that there is something that I am missing or not understanding about metering correctly to capture all the correct colours in the photos. Is there a way for me to photograph these birds and expose for the black and the white, and get the colour of the water right? Any tips would be appreciated.