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Snowy Egret Head Shot

Here is a headshot of a Snowy Egret from my last trip to Bolivar Flats.  He was too close for anything but a close up at 700mm.  Didn’t want to try to take off my 1.4x so I settled for a close up.  Had to use negative exposure compensation to keep from blowing out the whites.  I used to use spot metering a lot but am switching to using evaluative metering and adjusting the manual exposure compensation to keep the exposures accurate when they move around.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II and 1.4x III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II head

1/1600 sec @ F8, ISO 250, evaluative metering, -1 exposure compensation

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4 responses

  1. missy

    wow!!! it looks like he just combed his “hair” for you. beautiful! missy

    December 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

    • Thanks Missy. He did a good job posing for me. It was very cool how close they got to me. At one point I had to just look up from my camera and be amazed that they didn’t see me. Lots of benefits of getting down low.

      December 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm

  2. I will take a close up like that any time. I agree with missy on “combing” his hair :-). It is very rare anymore for me to use spot metering. Decided long ago to stay with matrix (nikon version) and try to learn it well. Always pros and cons but I’ll stay with it.

    December 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    • Thanks David. I’ll still use spot metering sometimes to get the exposure setting that I want and then switch to manual mode with white birds.

      December 9, 2012 at 6:26 am

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