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03-07-2012, 09:57 PM   #1
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Bird Photo Feedback + Advice

I was taking photos in Monterey this weekend and was wondering if this is a typical result or what can be done to improve this type of shot.
To me it looks like the white feathers on the bird are a bit washed out. This photo was taken with a K5 + DA 50-200mm F/4-5.6 ED WR Lens, (
F/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 100, 0-Step, FL=200mm, MM=Pattern, WB=Auto). No filters were used.

any feedback would be great. THX

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03-07-2012, 10:08 PM   #2
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You are the end of the zoom range, on a kit zoom that is not very good even for a kit zoom, wide open, at a shutter speed that is IMHO too slow. I'm not saying this as a criticism, I'm pointing out the number of factors working against you here.

To get the most out of your equipment I'd suggest shooting that lens at f/8 to f/11, at a faster shutter speed (say 1/400 at least when out at 200mm), and use the awesome ISO capaiblities of your K-5 to compensate. This will give you a sharper image. I'd suggest TAv mode here as you can set both aperture and shutter speed to suit.

You lost your highlights because your subject was white and you used pattern metering mode, to hold highlights you could apply -ve EV compensation.
03-07-2012, 10:44 PM   #3
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You've gotten good advice.

The previous poster covered everything. The way to stop your camera meter from being fooled is to understand exposure and dial in EV compensation or expose for the incident light and set exposure manually. You were close to a Sunny 16 rule so f16/ISO 100/ 1/100 Shutter speed or f8/ISO100/Shutter speed 1/200 which is the same thing and sharper for your lens. It really isn't difficult to understand Ultimate Exposure Computer

Almost all lenses will be sharpest around f8. This was made with a K20 a few years ago after I completely switched to shooting manual exposure. Its at the long end of a 50-135, a lens that I think is worth every penny. Plus since its a constant aperture, I can use Sunny 16 as an anchor point and just multiply or divide by two, something my old brain can still do. If the meters in my K-5s didn't work, Id nevr know. I do carry a little Digisix meter. The histogram is my modern Polaroid if I can't get a reading. Its the only way I can shoot dance performances.

I promise you, if you invest the time to learn exposure, you will very much happier with your photography. Its is a base skill that enables everything else, like learning the alphabet to write. .
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Thanks for the Ultimate Exposure Computer link. That was an excellent and informative read.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ataunton Quote
Thanks for the Ultimate Exposure Computer link. That was an excellent and informative read.

Agreed, thanks for this link Brooke and thanks to twitch as well - Salut, J

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