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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:39 pm 
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Hi can anyone answer my query
how do I get the detail to show when photographing dark coloured birds
mine always come out blocky with little detail


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Expose for the bird, which might over-expose other parts of the scene. Or more crudely, just over-expose a bit more than you do now.

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Which camera / lens did you use to shoot the bird(s) and what ISO did you achieve?

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Hi rockinboys, welcome to the forum, I read somewhere on the forum from one of the wild life shooters, for white/light coloured birds use -EV and for black/dark birds use +EV.

I would suggest looking at some posts that you like and see if the exif is attached which would give some guide lines of their setting.


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thanks for your replies guys


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rockinboys, I took this a few days ago, a black Pied Currawong with the EXIF attached.

http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtop ... start=1830


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Here are a few I took earlier in the year at Cheshire Falconry.

C & C welcome

Kestrel

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Harris Hawk

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Buzzard and a bloke called Tim

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Sea Eagle

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An eagle (not sure which type) in flight

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awesome shot Popo.

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Thats a great shot Popo!!
Well done!

Stuey great shots also.
I have been invited to go on a hunting for rabbits outing with a Falconer here as soon as he gets the birds down to hunting wieght and I'm really looking forward to it.
Should be mid to end of the month.

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Nice shot popo

Thanks KPR, I hope your trip with the falconer goes well :D

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Very cool owl shots Pop - especially the full one.

Stuey - the Kestrel closeup portrait is very nice.

Rockinboys - as mentioned, the key with dark birds against a bright sky is to expose the bird, and overexpose the sky if you have to. You can use spot metering for a bird sitting still, or use your normal metering mode and dial in some + EV. You may need as much as +1 to +2 EV for a black or very dark bird and a very bright sunny sky.

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