Common Loon (no.3)

January 26, 2012
Common Loon (no.3)

1/1250sec @ f/5.6
420mm, ISO200, -2/3ev
Evaluative Metering
Nikon D3s, AF-S 300mm f/4, 1.4x Teleconverter

Two Loon posts in one day – woah!! Yeah I know, getting crazy here. New job affords time off that is actually time off, so I can get back into photography. This shot was taken in same trip as the previous two, however it was taken at 9:42am. The light is bright and the day was very sunny. The blue is helped dramatically by both these conditions, however the light is a little harsh. I was lucky to get the positioning I got, as harsh shadows ruin a photo instantly.

The angle looks a little lower than no.1 and no.2 however I was using a 1.4x tele extender so it is actually nearly identical to both the other shots, just a perhaps a little further away. Another aspect of harsh light is being able to correctly dial in exposure compensation. This shot I tried with -1/3, -2/3 and -1. The -2/3 gave me the best highlights without moving the shadows into the noisy depths to the right of the histogram. This is something that takes practice unless you use bracketing. In which case the three exposures are taken at the same time. I don’t tend to use bracketing, for no other reason than I always forget. I usually take a shot, check the histogram extremely quickly, compensate, and take another shot.