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    Black and White Birds - C&C especially appreciated

    Below are some recent shots... I think they are fairly sharp and that the backgrounds are decent. I would especially appreciate any feedback on my exposure...

    I think with my new lens I've been ignoring DOF, so I will start working on that and for the next few months I also plan on working more on composition - especially getting the subject looking into the view finder.



    Black and White Birds - C&C especially appreciated



    Black and White Birds - C&C especially appreciated






    Black and White Birds - C&C especially appreciated


    Black and White Birds - C&C especially appreciated


    I dodged the crows head in LR, a little bit.

    Black and White Birds - C&C especially appreciated


    The deer I'm sharing just for fun... I managed to get close but its backlit so I had to lighten the shadows too much and I couldn't straighten the horizon without losing part of his/her ear...

    Black and White Birds - C&C especially appreciated

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    Re: Black and White Birds - C&C especially appreciated

    Very nice photos Christina. # 2 IMHO is definitely a keeper. As a wanabee wildlife photographer, I admire your budding talent.


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    Re: Black and White Birds - C&C especially appreciated

    Thank you Bruce... Actually I think my focus is a little off in this one, which is funny because the BIF are sharper... But I like the detail in the water and the swan.

    I'm asking about exposure because I think I managed it ok as I can see the detail in the white birds and the black crow, but in LR if I hit auto it increases the exposure quite a bit, so I ignored the auto button and went with what felt right, so I'm trying to get a feel for my feel for exposure and editing it...


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    Very nice photos Christina. # 2 IMHO is definitely a keeper. As a wanabee wildlife photographer, I admire your budding talent.


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    Re: Black and White Birds - C&C especially appreciated

    Christina, I did not see #2 (actual) until a second ago. I think (IMHO) #3 is a definite keeper.

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    Re: Black and White Birds - C&C especially appreciated

    I added it a minute after I started this post, for feedback on the exposure in the feathers...
    Yes, I think #3 is the best of the bunch. Thank you.

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    Christina, I did not see #2 (actual) until a second ago. I think (IMHO) #3 is a definite keeper.

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    Re: Black and White Birds - C&C especially appreciated

    Your exposure appears to be very good. In a situation where there is high contrast this can be tricky. Were you using spot metering?

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    Re: Black and White Birds - C&C especially appreciated

    Hi Bruce,
    Good to hear... Matrix metering... I'm experimenting and for this set of photos I tried Joe's recommendations for birds, matrix metering with auto iso set to a max of 1000 (my own iso max)... Manual SS from 1600-2500. Aperture 4-6

    The auto iso seemed to work for me in good light and on lighter coloured birds but not for dark birds in low light...

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