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Sep 25, 2018 10:54:27   #
Les Brown
 
Please, a bit of advice. I love shooting shore birds, both still and in flight. Many are snowy white. I shoot with a D7200 and a Nikon 200- 500 lens, that I love. But regardless of lens, I still have trouble capturing wing and feather texture without a white wash out. I try to keep the light behind me as much ss possible. I can do a good bit with PP, but more advice, sources, appreciated. Thanks in advance great UHHers.

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Sep 25, 2018 11:01:24   #
jeep_daddy (a regular here)
 
Les Brown wrote:
Please, a bit of advice. I love shooting shore birds, both still and in flight. Many are snowy white. I shoot with a D7200 and a Nikon 200- 500 lens, that I love. But regardless of lens, I still have trouble capturing wing and feather texture without a white wash out. I try to keep the light behind me as much ss possible. I can do a good bit with PP, but more advice, sources, appreciated. Thanks in advance great UHHers.


Shoot in raw, us a good editing program like LR Classic CC and you can recover your whites to reveal detail. If you shoot jpg, this isn't going to be as easy or impossible. Matrix metering is best to meter the whole scene.

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Sep 25, 2018 11:13:23   #
AzPicLady (a regular here)
 
Use spot metering and meter off the white bird. Then if the dark areas get too dark, you can perhaps bring them up a bit in PP.

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Sep 25, 2018 11:19:12   #
agillot
 
shoot the snow white birds in cloudy bright day .have same issue in sun lite .

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Sep 25, 2018 11:20:23   #
DaveO (a regular here)
 
Les Brown wrote:
Please, a bit of advice. I love shooting shore birds, both still and in flight. Many are snowy white. I shoot with a D7200 and a Nikon 200- 500 lens, that I love. But regardless of lens, I still have trouble capturing wing and feather texture without a white wash out. I try to keep the light behind me as much ss possible. I can do a good bit with PP, but more advice, sources, appreciated. Thanks in advance great UHHers.


https://www.audubon.org/news/how-photograph-white-birds

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Sep 25, 2018 11:25:54   #
Les Brown
 
Good point. I've been hooked on jpeg and need to get over it. I do have LR and PS cc, but I'm still at a basc learning level. Thanks!

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Sep 25, 2018 11:41:22   #
MT Shooter (a regular here)
 
Les Brown wrote:
Please, a bit of advice. I love shooting shore birds, both still and in flight. Many are snowy white. I shoot with a D7200 and a Nikon 200- 500 lens, that I love. But regardless of lens, I still have trouble capturing wing and feather texture without a white wash out. I try to keep the light behind me as much ss possible. I can do a good bit with PP, but more advice, sources, appreciated. Thanks in advance great UHHers.


White subject against darker background means to underexpose by 2/3 to 1 1/3 stops. Photography 101

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Sep 25, 2018 12:21:30   #
martinfisherphoto
 
A couple of things that might help. In my opinion Nikon shoots a little on the hot side so I almost Always expose at -7 using exposer compensation if shooting in aperture or shutter speed priority, if in manual adjust accordingly. I also Always use Spot Metering when shooting wildlife, especially white birds as I want the subject to be exposed properly. Also if your shooting Birds In Flight and using back button focus with the D7200, you need to Disable Exposure Lock when pressing the Shutter release button. For example: I press the back button witch enables Continuous focusing mode and as I follow the subject thru the view finder I will always have the shutter release half pressed ready to press fully when I want to take a series of shots. With the Exposure Locked On, your camera will Stop Metering and keep the same exposure, Even if the bird flies into brighter or darker areas of the scene.. This of coarse will result in either an over or under exposed capture. Hope this helps..

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Sep 25, 2018 12:24:42   #
Les Brown
 
Martinfisher, yes it helps, and I do use BB focus. Thanks.

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Sep 25, 2018 12:27:48   #
Les Brown
 
Photography 101....now why didn't I think of that? Stopping down.... now why didn't I think of that?

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Sep 25, 2018 13:12:00   #
wolfman
 
Les Brown wrote:
Please, a bit of advice. I love shooting shore birds, both still and in flight. Many are snowy white. I shoot with a D7200 and a Nikon 200- 500 lens, that I love. But regardless of lens, I still have trouble capturing wing and feather texture without a white wash out. I try to keep the light behind me as much ss possible. I can do a good bit with PP, but more advice, sources, appreciated. Thanks in advance great UHHers.


D810 Sigma 150-600 Sport/w TC-1401
Shot his at -1EV
1/3200sec ISO1250 f/9 -1EV 260mm
1/3200sec ISO1250 f/9  -1EV 260mm...
(Download)

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Sep 25, 2018 14:13:32   #
Les Brown
 
Wolfman, love it!

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Sep 25, 2018 15:35:00   #
wolfman
 
Les Brown wrote:
Wolfman, love it!


Thanks, Les.

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Sep 25, 2018 17:03:55   #
Les Brown
 
Here is one of my better efforts.



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Sep 25, 2018 17:30:36   #
wolfman
 
Les Brown wrote:
Here is one of my better efforts.


Looks good Les!

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