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BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE Bulletin 64 December 11, 2001

Exposing for the Kingfisher's Dark Face... 
Belted Kingfisher Bosque Del Apache NWR, NM
Canon 600mm f/4 L IS lens with 2XII TC, EOS 1v body.
Evaluative metering +2/3 stop.  Provia F 100 pushed two stops.
Exposing for Dark Areas of an Image... 
When using color slide film, most folks advise you to "expose for the highlights" (to prevent overexposing them).  I am just about the only one who teaches folks to "expose for the blacks (or darks) when the details in the blacks (or darks) are vitally important to the image and the white (or highlight)areas are small and the lack of detail there will not impact the image significantly.
In general, I add 1/3 stop of light to the exposure suggested by Canon's Evaluative Meter when the sun is shining at full strength and the subject is a bit darker than the background.  Here, I have added another 1/3 stop because the bird's face, which is vitally important to the success of the image, is very dark.  (If the sun were not out, I would need +1 or more of exposure compensation...) 
Those interested in learning my system of determining and setting exposures quickly and easily by using evaluative metering with exposure compensation are invited to order a signed copy of my book, "The Art of Bird Photography" off of my web site..  I consider this method faster and easier to use than using manually set exposures (with or without the use of an incident meter).  Our laminated pocket guide to Evaluative Metering that will be available soon. This guide will feature 60 full color images along with suggested exposure compensations for each.


Burrowing Owls are guaranteed on the 5-day SW FLA IPT,
possible (if time and local conditions permit) on the 3-day IPTs.
Canon 600mm f/L IS lens, EOS 1v body. 
Evaluative Metering +1/3 stop for soft light.



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